Kenya is a country in East Africa and founding member of the East African Community (EAC). Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Located on the equator it has the Indian Ocean to its south-east. Other countries sharing borders with Kenya are Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan and Ethiopia. The country has for international airports, of which the most important is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi, just about twenty minutes away from the main city. Most visitors to the country land here. Like any other international airport, this too provides facility of renting a car in Nairobi. The other airports include Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kisumu International Airport Kisumu, which is the major airport connecting western Kenya with the world, while Eldoret International Airport handles local flights and cargo. Though a number of internal airlines operate flight to Kenya, Kenya Airways Ltd usually known as Kenya Airways is the flag carrier of Kenya. It covers more African destinations than any other carrier.
Kenya gets a lot of sun all through the year and one can wear summer clothes throughout the year, though early mornings and late nights in Nairobi are cool. Since Nairobi is at a higher altitude, it may become cold even during the day in months of June to August.
Kenya makes for an excellent destination for beach holidays with a number of them located on its coastal regions and Mombasa city. There is little doubt that what attract most visitors to Kenya are its game reserves where one can find some of the best African flora and fauna. The parks are renowned for inhabiting elephants, giraffes, lions and huge herds of buffaloes, wildebeests and zebras, Thousands of people visit Kenya to witness the migration of wild beasts from Maasai Mara to the Serengeti. It’s an awesome sight, best watched in a balloon safari. This migration takes place during August and September.
Visa & Currency
Most African nationals and few Asians are exempted from obtaining visa for entering Kenya. You may apply for one at the Kenyan embassy or consulate in the country of your residence. With effect from 1st September 2015 you’ll be able to apply and pay for visas online to enter Kenya.
Currency Kenyan shilling (KES)
I US Dollar = 101. 5 KES
Though the price fuel varies within Kenya, it will be safe to say average cost of on liter of gasoline will be about 100 KES.
Car rental in Kenya -Where to go?
You’ll find most of the international car rental agencies offering car rental in Kenya. Though these companies provide reliable cars with backup support they are more expensive than the local companies which are generally reliable.
Though the Kenyan countryside is beautiful, roads are generally in a rundown condition because of neglect. Driving in Kenya, especially on roads outside the city can be challenging with very few signs on the roads and you may get lost easily. It is best to hire a heavy duty car or jeep. If you plan self driving to game parks, plan your trip meticulously, and get a GPS and mobile phone. Bandits are known to stop you at night and take away your belongings.
Car rental in Kenya for traveling to a country across its borders is not permissible. For instance if you wanted to go to Tanzania, your best option would be to reach Tanzania by air as many airlines operate cheap flights to that country and then you may rent a car in Tanzania. However, some operators are used to liaising with each other to move clients from one to another country. Likewise, you may explore the possibility of renting a car in Ethiopia while you are in Nairobi.
You should note that you need to drive on the left side of the road when using car rental in Kenya. Also, keep your driving license and insurance papers with you at all times.