DRIVING IN KENYA

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • All the primary roads radiating out of Nairobi are tarmac roads, and will bring you comfortably to your safari destination. Road conditions are good by African standards, and ever improving, so expect to encounter some roadworks along the way. There are also unsurfaced roads. The so-called ‘C’ and ‘D’ roads  are usually unsurfaced. Some unsurfaced roads are still in good condition, but most roads are notorious for their large potholes, rocky surfaces and river overflows.

  • Drive at or below the speed limit (80 km/h on the highway, and 50 km/h in urban areas). Drive at a maximum speed of 40km/h off-road.

  • Beware of unmarked speed bumps, which are plentiful in many parts of Kenya, especially at the entrance of towns.

  • Drive defensively.

  • Kenyans are experts at dangerous manoeuvres - don’t copy their behavior by overtaking trucks at blind corners.

  • Avoid driving after dark (6PM); the potholes are difficult to see and fellow drivers often uses blinding high beams.

  • Always carry some cash, water and a charged mobile phone to handle any situation.

  • Keep in mind that a flat tire is part of the adventure, as the road conditions are rough on tires. All our cars come with a jack, and any petrol station can fix small punctures.

  • As you will discover soon enough, Kenyans drive on the left side of the road…

SPEED LIMITS

The speed limits in India vary greatly by state and type of vehicle, so it’s best to read up ahead of time about the driving rules in the state you’re visiting. The speed limits below are those set by the national government, although the actual limits may vary by state.

 

Urban roads                                     70 km/h (43 mph)

Highways                                       100 km/hr (62 mph)

Interstates                                      120 km/h (75 mph)

National Upper-Speed Limit         140 km/h (87 mph)
 

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING ALONG

The person driving the vehicle should always carry the following documents :

  • Driver’s License

  • International driving permit (IDP)

  • Certificate of registration of the vehicle

  • Certificate of insurance

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