Getting around in Kenya

roadtrip meet the goat Roads in northern Kenya

  • A good network of scheduled and charter flights connects Nairobi to other major cities in Kenya, for instance Mombasa, Malindi and Kisumu, and light aircraft flights connect and all the main game reserves to Nairobi and to each other. Not that most but not all domestic flights to/from Nairobi depart and arrive nor from Jomo Kenyatta Airport but from the smaller Wilson Airport (WIL), so check your booking.

  • Most people explore the country on an organised group or bespoke safari or tour, which can be arranged through innumerable international and local operators.

  • Most trunk roads are all surfaced and well maintained, so self-drive is an option, provided you have a valid license, but be aware that driving tends to be reckless by Western standards. Driving is on the left side of the road, as in the UK, which may require some adjustment for drivers accustomed to driving on the right.

  • National parks and other safari destinations are not generally accessible on public transport, but it is easy enough to travel between towns by bus or local matatu minibuses. Be warned that these are often poorly maintained, overcrowded and recklessly driven, and fatal accidents are commonplace. A notable exception is the historic train service that connects Nairobi to Mombasa, a trip that qualifies as an attraction in its own right.


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Packing list for a Kenya holiday

Anti-malarial drugs are as good as essential and advice should be sought at least a few weeks in advance to be sure you use suitable medication. At the same time, check which (if any) vaccinations require updating. All over-the-counter medications are available at pharmacies in the larger cities, but not in game reserves or more isolated beach destinations, so best to buy any prescription drugs or others that you use regularly before you travel, along with essentials such as sunblock…

What vaccinations do I need for Kenya?

A yellow fever vaccination and certificate is not mandatory for those entering Kenya from Europe or North America. You may be asked for one if you enter arrive from elsewhere in the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America. It’s important to be up-to-date on tetanus, polio and diphtheria, and you might consider immunisation against hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, rabies, typhoid, cholera and tuberculosis.

Travelling to Kenya

Kenyatta International Airport Almost all visitors from abroad fly in. Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) is the main port of entry for international flights, and it has excellent connections to most other parts of Kenya and many other African capitals. Some carriers also operate international flights to Mombasa Moi International Airport (MBA). The national carrier, Kenya Airways operates an extensive network of flights to and from major cities in Europe, Asia and elsewhere in…


Popular Kenya Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

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Masai Mara safari adventure

Explore the jewel in Kenya's crown; the wildlife-rich Masai Mara National Reserve...

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Kenya’s top 3 southern attractions

Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara are southern Kenya's superstars, the best places for your safari...

Wildebeest Migration | The Migration River Crossings July to September

The Migration River Crossings July to September

Experience one of Africa's greatest spectacles – smell the dust and hear the noise of thousands of animals crossing the Mara River in an epic struggle for survival...

Gorillas | Gorillas and the Migration Combined (EA 11 days)

Rwanda gorillas and the migration, both sides of the Mara River

Enjoy two of Africa's most magnificent wildlife experiences – mountain gorillas and the Great Migration – on one unforgettable safari...

The Uganda Hills | The complete East Africa experience (EA 13 days)

The complete East Africa experience

Enjoy East Africa's most celebrated highlights, from a snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, to sailing above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon and meeting mountain gorillas...

 | Africa’s biggest elephant and the endangered Hunter’s hartebeest (EA 7 days)

Africa's biggest elephant and the endangered Hunter's hartebeest

Search for the almost extinct hirola antelope in Tsavo East, find Africa's largest elephants and visit Chyulu Hills to see Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak...

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HerdTracker Masai Mara wildebeest migration safari

Witness the wildebeest migration in Kenya's iconic Masai Mara National Reserve with HerdTracker...

Giraffes | Samburu’s Special Five, rhino and bongo (EA 8 days)

Samburu's Special Five, rhino and bongo

Even if you've seen the Big Five and the Great Migration, you'll appreciate the different beauty of animals like reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, gerenuk and bongo...

 | 10-day wilderness safari in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe

10-day wilderness safari in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Experience the best of the migration and wildlife in Kenya, then travel to Zambia to witness Victoria Falls, ending your adventure at Hwange National Park....

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Kenya family safari - Bush and Beach Itinerary

It's easy to see why so many visitors flock to Kenya from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations....