With a number of airline connections, Kenya is comparatively easy to get to. Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is a hub for East Africa and most international flights will land there. Several transport options exist from there. Local airlines offer daily scheduled light aircraft flights to most areas, meaning one can have breakfast in Nairobi and lunch on safari, be it in the Masai Mara, looking out over a Rift Valley lake or deep within tranquil Samburu National Park. For those that don’t want to fly, overland safari in Kenya is a wonderful way to get a feel for the country. Road networks are sound, though in places the going may be a little slower and bumpier, especially in more isolated areas. Private vehicles with a driver-guide are a good option, although it’s important to book with a reputable company as there are unprofessional operators that take advantage of the uninformed.
Nairobi is the main airport for international flights from South Africa, the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands and Dubai. From Nairobi, local carriers connect to the major tourist destinations in both National Parks and beach areas.
Nairobi is the main airport for international flights. From Nairobi, local carriers connect to major tourist destinations in both National Parks and beach areas.
There is a reliable network of light aircraft flights that connect Nairobi with the majority of National Parks in Kenya, as well as with Tanzania and Zanzibar. These are sold on a scheduled seat in plane basis. For those with time restraints there are private charters that can be arranged throughout.
Road conditions are very variable, there are long distances to be covered and 4×4 transport is required for most areas. We do not recommend this mode of travel in Kenya.
Perfect for those with more time looking for an in-depth exploration of the country. We have a fleet of vehicles available and can tailor-make itineraries throughout the country.
When travelling through Kenya it is useful to have the correct expectation as to how distance and time relate. Please reference our guidelines below when calculating how far you can travel in a given amount of time.
What to remember when travelling around Kenya
Driving in Kenya is on the left, giving way to traffic on the right at intersections. Kenyan roads are renowned for their many “driving obstacles” and drivers are cautioned to be vigilant at all times. Most of the roads are eroded at the edges and often converge into a single lane. Hazards include pedestrians, animals (both domestic and wild) and the notorious matatus (Kenya’s public transport vehicles).
Travelling by train or bus is not recommended in Kenya.
It is highly advisable to drive a 4WD vehicle in National Parks, where dirt roads feature potholes and teeth-chattering corrugations. After heavy rains, all roads should be treated with care, as flash floods can cause wash-aways.