Self drive Tours in Kenya

Self drive Tours in Kenya

With its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife and other unique attractions, Kenya is a very perfect destination in East Africa as it offers a variety of self dive tours. Starting from the breath taking and bustling city of Nairobi to the rich and vast savannahs of the famous Maasai Mara, there is something special for everyone. Self drive tours in Kenya not only give you a unique way to explore the country’s diverse landscapes but also the freedom to create your own itinerary and immerse yourself in the local Kenyan culture.

Are you planning to go for wild life safaris in Kenya? Due to the fact that public transportation is not that much convenient, self drive tours in Kenya will give you the best experience as you will have freedom to travel on your own pace with enough privacy. While self driving in Kenya, it is no doubt that you will be acquiring better driving experience since you will be driving in a foreign country.

Top places to visit while on self drive tours in Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Maasai Mara National Park

Maasai Mara National Reserve is situated in the South Western region of Kenya along the Great Rift Valley and adjacent to the Mighty Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. The park stretches covering a surface area of about 1510 square kilometers.

Maasai Mara national park is a popular conservation center in Kenya well known for its unique and divers wildlife. With all this, it is no doubt that Maasai Mara national park has been voted as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. While on your self drive tours in Kenya, you shouldn’t miss visiting this national park for a better Kenya safari experience.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli national park is one of the top destinations to visit in Kenya due to its variety of wild life species. The park is located in Loitoktok district in the Rift valley province of Kenya. Are you a nature lover or a wildlife researcher? Visiting this park during your self drive tours in Kenya will give you the best rewarding and memorable experience.

The park is home to a variety of wild animals such as; Zebras, lions, Buffaloes, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and many more. Amboseli National Park harbors over 600 species of birds which include; grey crowned crane, superb starling, African spoon bill, black headed heron, yellow-necked spur fowl among others.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is located in the central region of Kenya on the floor of the great of the Great Rift Valley situated in the Northwest from Nairobi. This park is characterized by woodlands and savannahs which act as habitats for its diverse wildlife.

Some of the animals you should expect to see when you visit Lake Nakuru National Park are; Elephants, rhinos, leopards, hippos, African Buffaloes, Zebra, Giraffe and many more. The park also harbors several species of birds which include; Flamingos, Owls, Bustards, Hottentot teal and many more.

Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National Park hosts the second highest peak in Africa and is located in the central region of Kenya west of the Equator. In the ancient years, Mountain Kenya National Park was a forest reserve and later it was upgraded to a national park with an aim of protecting and preserving the natural environment and the water catchment area as well.

With its impressive landscapes and glacier-clad summits, Mountain Kenya National Park was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park has a variety of wild animals which include; elephants, buffaloes, white colobus monkeys, mole rats, bush bucks, waterbucks and many more. Among the birds in Mount Kenya National Park are; Grey-caped warbler, Abyssinian Owl, scaly spurfowl, Ayres’s hawk eagle and many others.

Samburu National Park

Samburu National Park is one of the best safari destinations located in the northern part of Kenya. It is a stunning wildlife reserve that provides a unique and unforgettable safari experience to the travelers while on their self drive tours in Kenya. This national park covers a surface area of approximately 165 square kilometers and is home to a variety of wildlife species. Among the animals in Samburu National Park are; Lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippos, plain zebra, Maasai Giraffe and many more. 

With its great scenery and rich biodiversity, Samburu National Park is a must visit destinations for the nature lovers wildlife enthusiasts during their self drive tours in Kenya.  Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast, researcher, a nature lover, or simply seeking adventure, a self drive tour to Samburu National Park is sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. The park is a true gem in the heart of Kenya.

Tips on how to do self drive tours in Kenya

Proper planning

Planning you itinerary is the first thing you should consider whenever you are planning to visit Kenya on having self drive tours in Kenya. A well planned itinerary will definitely give you a perfect experience when self driving in Kenya. When planning your itinerary, you should consider destinations according to what you are interested in most. For example if you are more interested in bird watching, mind to include Lake Nakuru National Park and Amboseli National Park and if you are a wildlife enthusiasts, you should at least pay a visit to Maasai Mara National Park.

Make research about the destinations you intend to visit

Before you include any destination on your itinerary, you should make enough research and read about that specific destination and see whether it will be able to satisfy your needs. Tourist destinations in Kenya have different attractions and therefore you are advised to choose the ones with your main interests for a better self drive Kenya experience.

Read and understand Kenya’s traffic rules

Since you will be driving in a foreign country, it is very ethical that you should read and understand the country’s traffic rules. You should note that in Kenya, you have to drive on the left side of the road. While on the road, you have to be extremely patient to avoid following Kenyan drivers as most of them drive recklessly.

Move with cash

During self drive tours in Kenya, you have to move with some cash since you will be passing by trading centers with a lot of new beautiful and handmade crafts. Besides buying crafts and other staff, you will need to give some tips for services well delivered. However, you are advised not to move with huge amounts of cash and you should not splash it in public as it may attract thieves.

Don’t drive at night

Since you are in a foreign country, you should avoid driving during night because you are more likely to get lost and in case of a break down, you will have fewer chances of getting helped.

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    Where should I go on a road trip in Kenya?

    While in Kenya, you have very many choices to make when it comes for a road trip. Among the best destinations to go for a road trip in Kenya are the Great Maasai Mara National Park, Amboseli National Park and Lake Nakuru National Park. 

    Can you self drive in Maasai Mara?

    Yes, Maasai Mara is a very safe destination for self drive tours in Kenya. However, we recommend you to go with a driver/guide who will take you through this great national park.

    What is the first rule of driving in Kenya?

    The first rule you have to consider before driving in Kenya is having a valid driving permit or international driver’s license.

    Is it safe to self-drive in Kenya?

    Yes, Kenya is very safe for self drive. However, you should drive defensively, at a limited speed, always lock your doors, pull up the windows, and drive patiently.

    How much is rent a car in Kenya for a day?

    Renting a car in Kenya rates from $45-$200 per day depending on the type of car and specifications.

    What is the best time to visit Kenya?

    The best time to visit Kenya could be during the months of June to October when the country receives little or no rainfall. However, Kenya is open for visitors all year round.

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