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Monday, 25 July 2011 10:10

Transport - Kenya doesn’t have a well-structured transport system, therefore public transport is much different here. Above are various mode of transport as highlighted by the pictures.

The most famous here are the matatu, small mini vans and buses. It is always wise to have proper loose cash in shillings as you maybe overcharged sometimes unknowingly.

The route which the vehicle operate is always displaced on the front windscreen,though only route numbers so unless one is aware which route, one may have to ask, however touts are always around to guide {though they are illegal} which vehicle going where.

But always wise to avoid them and go straight the bus or van. Sometimes travelling by minivan in Nairobi especially may not end the journey, the driver may decide to terminate the journey and give back the balance because they have to either avoid the traffic police or any other own reason especially rush hour.

Never mind they stop and pick at any place. At the bus terminus, it is always wise to take precautions as you can't rule out pickpockets including inside the Matatu.

Taxis - Taxis are available  in all major towns, there’s no metered cabs though, therefore any trip made is always wise to ask the charges and negotiate, before otherwise one may end up paying more for a short distance.

Cabs are painted yellow or yellow line so it is easy to recognise, other mode of taxis are small covered motorbike popularly known as tuk tuk.


Car hire- Hiring a car in Kenya is unique, It is obviously cheap to hire a self drive vehicle in Kenya as compared to any other developed part of the world, for instance one can hire a vehicle without even a single deposit.

From 4by4, limos to any other comfy vehicles. This website would recommend some of the most reliable of self drive company car hire in Kenya.


Buses- Travelling by public means on long distance is fun because it is an experience to see beautiful vegetation of Kenya. Many however buses operate from Nairobi to western Kenya or Mombasa.

With competition in place, new buses with air condition have entered the market making travelling more comfortable.

Driving- Kenya drive on the left, that is always keep left, but it is better to take cautious in urban areas because most driver would be a bit reckless.

Train- One of Kenya's oldest means of  transport.

The overnight train from Nairobi to Mombasa is the classic and enjoyable way to travel between these two towns.

This route has been one of the greatest experiences in the country. running three times a week all year Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 19hrs to Mombasa, has first class two berth sleepers, second class four berth sleepers, third class seats and a restaurant car.

Operated by Rift valley railways [RVR] also runs a western Kenya route Kisumu. Booking early and in person is necessary.

Air- Travelling by air around the country would be attracting to many holiday makers and has been a choice for many in the recent times.

With several scheduled flights at a small local Wilson airport in Nairobi to many destinations across the country. There are small air crafts that fly almost every airstrip the country including in the parks and game reserves.

It is one of the most convenient means of transport and in wildlife terms it is commonly known as flying packet to the parks and other luxurious places such as the coast, private conservancies and private picnics.






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