Advice on How to Drive on Kenyan Roads as a Tourist

Advice on How to Drive on Kenyan Roads as a Tourist

Kenya is a country with a lot of unbelievable variety of natural wonders. Apart from its natural snowy mountains, wildlife safaris, parks, grasslands and beautiful sandy beaches, the country in reputable having chaotic traffic and roads with lots of potholes.

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Some tourists venture to drive around on Kenyan roads; it’s advisable to hire a driver who will take you around at your time of visit. Just read these recommendations then figure out whether you wish to go around the country by a car. This article focuses on how a tourist should know if they desire to driving on Kenyan traffic. 

A Major Road Highway in Kenya
A Major Road Highway in Kenya

The Conditions of the Kenyan Roads

Most of the roads within Nairobi city are well paved despite having some potholes. Other roads outside the city can easily direct you to your destination within the country. There’s a lot of road improvement, so may come across some roadworks in progress along your way.

The more you go far from Nairobi, you will probably encounter unsurfaced roads and it’s only a few of them that are in good conditions. Some of the unsurfaced roads are rocky, have large potholes and some have rivers or sewage pipes overflowing over them.

Kenyan Traffic Rules

In Kenya, traffic rules do exist but most drivers don’t follow them as addressed. This will make you consider an alternative means like hiring a driver.

Kenyan traffic rules address a driver to keep the left side of the road as they drive. Many drivers take the wrong side when they encounter potholes or animal on their way.

Take note that the Kenyan Parks and reserves does not allow foreign-registered vehicles which has 6 seats and above seats.

Road Hazards

The road condition in the country change with time, from even highways within Nairobi to rough filth tracks in the parks. It’s safer to take a four-wheel drive vehicle even though some uncovered roads may easy to drive a two-wheel drive.

Take caution that there are pedestrians, livestock, cyclists and potholes on the poor roads. Beware of acacia thorns in some rural areas, because they’re a they’re a threat to tire-piercing. In such roads you can come across bandits, so it’s good to take to advice from the locals before driving around.

Important Road Signs to Observe in Kenya
Important Road Signs to Observe in Kenya

Precautions to Take if You Are a Tourist Driving in the Kenyan Roads

Going around in a country by a car incredibly rewarding, though you have to take a few driving precautions. They include:

  • ●        You should drive at a speed of 80km/h in a highway and 50km/h in urban areas. The maximum speed when going off-road should be 40km/h.
  • Beware of unmarked speed bumps, drive safely, and avoid driving at night especially in risky areas.
  • Always carry some money, emergency food, drinking water, a full-charged phone or power bank and extra fuel.
  • If the traffic police stop you, be friendly, remain patient and give them your documents if they’ll ask for them. If an officer tells you to bribe him, ask for an official receipt because they might take advantage of you. 
  • We have a few gas stations which are far away from each other outside the city; the gas prices can raise surprisingly in the remote areas and in the parks. It’s advisable to carry extra fuel if you’re going off-road or taking long trips.

Make Sure You Do Have All the Registration Papers

  • Whether you are driving a vehicle or riding a motorbike as a foreigner you are supposed to have:
  • The liability insurance
  • Vehicle’s registration papers
  • A driver’s license (an international driving permit)
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