Self Drive Kenya Guide

Kenya is a very beautiful and unique tourist destination for self drive and guided adventures. With its stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife, it offers an exceptional experience for those looking to explore the country at their own pace. From the bustling cities of Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi and Kisumu to the vast savannahs of the Great Masai Mara, there is something special for everyone. However, it is very much advised to get prepared and informed before embarking on a self drive Kenya safari.

What to know before embarking on self drive Kenya safari

Before you even plan on self driving in Kenya, it is essential to have a valid international driving license or national driving permit and more so be familiar with the local driving rules and regulations.

In Kenya, driving is on the left side of the road, and tightening seat belts is mandatory for both drivers and passengers. You should also note that road conditions in Kenya vary greatly, from paved and well-maintained highways to rough and unpaved ones. When planning to self drive Kenya, it is highly recommended that you rent a 4×4 vehicle.

You should to research and plan you’re the routes to use during your self drive trip in Kenya to avoid getting lost. Kenya has several popular routes to consider, including the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, which gives perfect views of the Great Rift Valley and Mountain Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. The Maasai Mara circuit is another popular route to use. It takes you through Maasai Mara National Park and gives you the chance to spot the “Big Five” which are lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalos.

Best cars to hire for a self drive in Kenya

For the best self drive experience in Kenya, it is recommended for you to rent a 4×4 vehicle. These 4×4 vehicles have a very exceptional on and off-road capabilities. The 4×4 vehicles which are available for self drive Kenya are; Land cruiser V8/VX, Land cruiser GX manual, Land cruiser TX/TZ, Land cruiser Hardtop/Box model, Land cruiser Extended/safari Land cruiser. All these vehicles are equipped with very powerful engines, 4×4 drive train, comfortable interior, high ground clearance, and exceptional off-road capabilities that make them perfect choices for off-road adventures.

Tips to guide you on Self drive Kenya

  • Plan your route carefully: Make proper research and map out your itinerary in advance. Consider the distance, routes to use, road conditions, and what to see along the way.
  • Rent a reliable vehicle: Preferably a sturdy 4×4 vehicle that will help you navigate the rough terrains in Kenya. Make sure the vehicle is in good condition and it has proper documents to avoid disturbances of traffic officers while on the road.
  • Move along with essential documents: With you, carry your valid international driver’s license, passport, and the car rental agreements. It is also advised for you to move along with a copy of your travel insurance docs and emergency contacts.
  • Expect wildlife encounters: Kenya is well known for its abundant wildlife, therefore you need to be cautious while driving especially in the national parks and keep a safe distance from the animals.
  • Drive defensively: Kenya’s roads are very unpredictable, so you should always stay alert and drive defensively. Be aware of other road users and drive with maximum patience.
  • Respect the set speed limits: When self driving in Kenya, you have to make sure that you do not exceed the set speed limits. In busy towns, you have to maintain a speed limit of 50km/hr and on highways, you should not exceed 80km/hr. anything beyond that, you can face penalties.
  • Respect traffic rules: Familiarize yourself with the local traffic rules and regulations that govern Kenyan roads. Wear a seat belt, observe speed limits, don’t drink and drive, don’t drive on phone, read and understand the road signs.

By following the above tips, there are high chances that you will have the best memorable and immersive self drive experience.

Best destinations to visit while on a self drive in Kenya


Nairobi, the bustling capital city of Kenya, gives a unique self drive experience for those travelers looking to navigate the city’s destinations on their own pace. With self drive Kenya Nairobi, visitors can now explore the city’s vibrant streets on their own terms. From the vast Nairobi National Park to the vibrant Market of Masai, there is something for everyone.

Just a short drive from the city center, you will get an opportunity to explore the iconic Nairobi National Park, the only national park with in the capital city. While on a self drive tour in this park, expect to encounter several species of wild animals including lions, giraffes, and zebras. The Nairobi National Park also offers picnic spots and walking trails, allowing travelers to have an immersive experience in the beauty of nature.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National Park is a renowned wildlife reserve located in Kenya. Spanning over 392 square kilometers, it is home to a diverse range of animal species, including elephants, lions, zebras, and giraffes. The park is famous for its breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Visitors can enjoy game drives, bird watching, and even witness the annual migration of elephants. With its rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes, Amboseli National Park is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara national reserve is a very popular wildlife reserve located in the South western region of Kenya. It is a vast scenic expanse of gently rolling African Savannahs and it borders the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania to the South. Masai Mara National Reserve is home to a variety of wild life such as the Big Five animals which include Lions, leopards, elephants, African Buffaloes and Rhinos. The park harbors other animals such as hippos, giraffes, wildebeests, cheetahs and many more. For the bird lovers, Maasai Mara national park harbors about almost 500 species of birds which include Turaco, Kori bustard, Hamerkop, Abdim’s stork and many more.

Samburu National Park

Samburu National Park is one of Kenya’s most visited national parks. It is located in the Northern region of Kenya. With its vibrant wildlife and diverse landscapes, travelers can have an opportunity to explore the park at their own pace. Samburu National Park harbors a variety of animals such as elephants, lions, giraffes and many more. When on self drive Kenya safari in Samburu National Park, visitors are more likely to have a more immersive experience with nature, creating their own adventure.

Note that it is important to stay on designated paths and tracks, and respect the wildlife and their habitats by not getting too close and scaring them. Self drive Kenya offers a very convenient and cost effective way to navigate Samburu national park on your own pace.

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