Getting There & Getting About

International Airports

Internal Transport

There is an extensive network of domestic flights and charter aircraft are also available from Wilson airport, which can be useful for transport into game parks.

Local ferries run between Lamu, Mombasa and Malindi. Visitors may also hire a dhow (traditional Kenyan sailing boat) in these towns. Dhows are a basic form of sea travel which requires travellers to take their own drinking water and food. There are several popular anchorage points for yachts at Kiliti, Mtwapa, Lamu and Mnaroni.

Kenya Railways Corporation runs passenger trains between Mombasa and Nairobi; trains generally leave in the evening and arrive the next morning, taking approximately 13 to 14 hours. There are also branches connecting Taveta and Kisumu to the passenger network. There are three classes: 1st class is excellent, with two-berth compartments; 2nd class is more basic but comfortable; 3rd class is very basic. In 1st and 2nd class, doors can be locked from the inside. The dining-car service on the Nairobi?Mombasa route is very highly regarded.

Car hire is easily available in Malindi, Mombasa and Nairobi. However, it can be expensive and many agents will only rent out 4-wheel-drive vehicles. All major roads are paved, but vary in quality. Roads in the north are poor, whilst those in the southwest have been recently improved. Kenya is also well served by long-distance taxis, carrying up to seven passengers, particularly on routes between the capital and Mombasa and Nakuru. Fares should be agreed before departure. Buses run regularly between most cities and towns, and also across the borders to Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

In Nairobi and Mombasa, visitors may use the efficient bus system to travel within the city. In addition, light pick-ups and minibuses known as Matatu also run; however, these should be used with caution as they are unregulated, and frequently overloaded and badly driven. Taxis are also available; these are usually very reliable. Some, such the as older yellow-band taxis are not metered and so fares should be agreed in advance. A 10% tip is expected. In Kisumu, cycle rickshaws and bicycle taxis are popular.