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Nairobi Streets Kenya
Nairobi Streets Kenya
Amboseli Kilimanjaro
Amboseli Kilimanjaro
Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru

About Kenya (KE)


Straddling the Equator on the east-central coast of Africa, Kenya (KE) is a fascinating juxtaposition of thriving economic powerhouse and developing third world nation.

Its tropical climate is influenced by altitude, with a swampy atmosphere near the coast, moderate inland temps, and bone dry in the northeast. Many aspects of its social and physical infrastructure create an interesting comparison of extremes, with a rising middle and upper class living next door to scenes of squalor and poverty in the capital of Nairobi.

At any rate, most visitors come for abundant sunshine and wildlife found in Kenya’s numerous national parks. Thanks to its large concentration of large wildcats (lions, tigers, etc.), Masai Mara National Park is the most popular destination for foreign travelers, but Kenya offers a wide range of attractions, many of which are off the beaten path, so to speak.

  Getting around

The best way to experience the famous game reserves is to rent a car in Kenya, and by car, we mean SUV or 4x4. Although the roads in Nairobi and Mombasa are paved and relatively passable, the majority of Kenyan routes are in poor condition.

You’re free to do as you please, but you’re probably not going to get very far in a two-wheel drive economy hatchback — unless of course, you’re staying within major city limits. Driving in Kenya is a challenge for even the most experienced drivers, and the lack of road signs isn’t going to help.

You’ll do yourself a couple of big favors by not driving at night and staying off rural routes in isolated areas, where bandits are constant threat. Common sense is key to staying safe in Kenya, and nowhere is that more evident than driving its roads. So, go ahead and book that all-wheel drive vehicle, make sure it has GPS, do your homework, and enter Kenya with the knowledge that driving in the country is a lot more challenging than they make it look on National Geographic. So do your planning well.

  Choosing your car

Cheap car rentals in Kenya are supplied by Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Thrifty, Avis and Hertz. Although an SUV is by far the most popular choice, you may have reason to need a 7-12 seater minivan, or a minicar, or a compact, standard or fullsize 4-door sedan.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Kenya

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Think long and hard before visiting remote communities where foreigners are rarely if ever seen.

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Monsoon season in Kenya lasts from April to June. During this time, the already dilapidated roads are absolutely impassable. July through September is the driest and best time to visit Kenya — but also the most popular time.

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Do a thorough inspection of your Kenya car hire before driving it off the lot. That means checking the brakes, headlights, air conditioning, GPS, radio, turn indicators, windows, locks, and tires.

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Your Kenya car rental will include the standard Collision/Loss Damage Waiver that — surprise — doesn’t cover tires and wheels, the two most frequently damaged features of a vehicle. It’s recommended to sign up for the Excess Reduction Waiver, or make sure your credit card travel insurance covers all expenses. Note: Some credit cards don’t cover car rentals in Kenya.

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The northern regions of Kenya are considerably more dangerous than other regions, but even the Central Business District of Nairobi can be hazardous — day or night. Avoid ostentatious displays of wealth i.e. don’t flash your cash or personal effects.

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Police in Kenya have a bad reputation for soliciting bribes from foreign tourists for non-existent traffic violations. There’s really no tried and true way of handling the situation, but it is not advisable to offer a bribe to police. If they want money from you, they’ll let you know.

Are you driving a rental car in Kenya?

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

50 kph  | 31.1 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

110 kph  | 68.4 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

110 kph  | 68.4 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

SEE PRICES
Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

KES
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Left
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
23 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

999
Documentation requirements

DOCUMENT

License
IDP
Passport
Insurance
Registration

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Kenya

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1. What is the best time of year to book a rental car in Kenya?

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2. Is it possible for one way rentals in Kenya?

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3. Should I rent a round trip or one-way rental in Kenya?

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4. Which location should I rent my car from in Kenya?

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5. Do I pay more fees and taxes for renting a car at the airport in Kenya?

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6. What insurance do I require for driving a rental car in Kenya?

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7. What is the best way to save money on rental car insurance in Kenya?

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8. Should I prepay my rental car booking in Kenya?

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9. What are the largest numbers of vehicle seats available for a rental car in Kenya?

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10. What types of sports and special cars are available in Kenya?

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11. Can I take my rental car across borders in Kenya?

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12. How do I inform the rental company I will be crossing a border from the Kenya?