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Top tips for hiring a car in Kenya
Public transportation in Kenya is limited, and those who wish to avoid the rigid structures of a guided tour may prefer to rent a car in Kenya. Most national parks, like Tsavo and Amboseli, are open to private vehicles and offer self-drive safari routes, while other areas of the country are best accessed by rental car. These places include Samburu, Mount Kenya, the Maasai Mara, and Lake Nakuru.
When renting a car in Kenya, it is almost always essential to opt for a four-wheel drive: road conditions are often unsuitable for a two-wheel-drive vehicle, and many national parks will only accept four-wheel drives. It is also important to check that the vehicle carries some essentials like two spare tires, an extra can of fuel, and plenty of water.
While Kenya does not really have official laws on children traveling in cars, kids under 12 are not supposed to sit in the front seat. Despite the fact that laws are not strict, driving conditions make it advisable for all children to travel in an age-appropriate restraint and to be seated in the rear of the vehicle. A few agencies may provide car seats for an additional fee, such as Europcar for approx. 506 KES (5 USD) per day, but this must be checked and confirmed well in advance.
Many rental agencies like Avis allow drivers to cross the border to neighboring countries Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda with a rental car, while South Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia are usually off limits. These border areas are also considered to be very unsafe and should be avoided. It is important to contact the rental agency in advance when considering a cross-border trip, as extra insurance will have to be arranged. Additional fees of around 30,000 to 46,600 KES (300 to 460 USD) are usually charged for this service.
FAQs about hiring a car in Kenya
Mini (Suzuki Alto or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Kenya.
On average hiring a car in Kenya costs R13 263 per week (R1 895 per day).
On average a car hire in Kenya costs R56 843 per month (R1 895 per day).
Road conditions in Kenya can vary wildly, and speeding is common. Other things to watch out for include wildlife, people crossing the highway at unmarked points, potholes, loose road surfaces, and mechanical breakdowns (which may require a long wait at the side of the road). Driving in Kenya is on the left, and it is recommended to maintain a defensive driving approach, lock all doors, and never travel after dark.
Most car agencies require drivers to be at least 23 to 25 years old to rent a car in Kenya, with an upper limit of 70 to 75 years usually in place. Some, like Avis, request that drivers have held a valid license for at least two years. In general, a domestic driver’s license will be accepted to rent a car in Kenya, though a few agencies may insist on an International Driver’s Permit (IDP). It is important to always travel with your rental documents, driving license, and passport on hand.
Petrol prices in Kenya tend to hover around 111-131 KES (1.10-1.30 USD) per liter or 4.15-4.90 USD per gallon, larger vehicles like four-wheel drives costing a considerable amount to fill up. Outside of cities, petrol stations can be extremely sparse—often hundreds of miles apart—so it is best to fill up whenever possible, carry a can of spare fuel, and always make sure you know where the next petrol station is located.
The speed limit system in Kenya is quite straightforward, with a maximum limit of 50 km/h (31 mph) in towns and cities and 110 km/h (68 mph) on highways. Speed bumps are common in both urban and rural areas, and they are rarely marked. Both speeders and wild animals on the road are unfortunately very regular occurrences in Kenya, so it is wise to maintain a low speed and drive cautiously.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.