Kenya is a beautiful country is best known for its wildlife, huge National Parks and with a rich culture, various landscapes, scenic views and adventure activities. For a traveller seeking adventure and loves the open road, road-tripping through is one amazing way to experience all it has to offer. Hitting the open road you see much more o the country, you set your own itinerary and are bound to stumble upon some hidden gems off the beaten tourist tracks.
10 Road Trip Ideas To Explore Kenya from Nairobi
Nairobi is always a destination on every itinerary when travelling through Kenya. Which is why we put together a list of awesome road trips ideas starting at Nairobi. Feel free to tweak depending on your start point, as long as you stop off at some of these amazing destinations. Whether you are a local Kenyan or international traveller, you are bound to be seeking out some adventure on one of these routes.
1. Make Your Way To Meru
Meru is a beautiful destination 270km away from Nairobi. Travellers go from Nairobi to Nyeri to Nanyuki to Timau to Isiolo and end up at the gorgeous Meru in four to five hours, where they can spot the big five and enjoy a relaxing safari. The trip allows tourists to enjoy breathtaking views of serene wheat fields with mountains in the back, and gives them the opportunity to escape the crowds and relax!
2. Take On Mombasa
Driving from Nairobi to Mombasa is an exciting experience that every tourist should enjoy. Traffic is not heavy on the route but the drive is long, stretching over about 500km. Travellers should avoid over speeding to escape the risk of getting in trouble with the highway police, and should bring snacks for their journey. The trip should be taken in a 4×4 as the road is not in good condition. The trip takes 5-6 hours and guests can enjoy scenic views and beautiful landscapes!
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3. Set Your Sights On Samburu
A road trip from Nyeri to Samburu is an unforgettable experience that should be on every tourist’s wishlist. This drive takes eight to ten hours, and travellers can stop at Nanyuki and Isiolo on the way. The hilly area is serene and attractive, and the area is free from crowds. At Samburu, tourists can visit Samburu Game Reserve and Buffalo Springs National Reserve!
4. Joyride to Maasai Mara
The Maasai Mara is the most spectacular location in all of Kenya, with a rich culture, friendly locals, beautiful landscapes, and wonderful wildlife. Driving from Nairobi to Mai Mahiu to Narok to Masai Mara takes 5 hours, and should be done on a 4×4 vehicle. Travellers could rent a suitable vehicle at a reasonable price for the journey. At the location, they can visit the gorgeous Mara river, or observe the magnificent leopards!
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5. Quick Drive To Naivasha
This comparatively shorter road trip from Nairobi to Naivasha takes only two hours, and is the perfect experience for every tourist! The journey is safe and easy, and at Naivasha, visitors can go to Longonot volcano, Crater Lake, Hells Gate National Park, Crescent Island, or Lake Oloiden, and have the time of their lives!
6. Trek To Tsavo National Park
Tourists should take an enjoyable road trip from Nairobi to Emali to the wonderful Tsavo National Park. The trip spans over 210km and is only four hours long. Visitors can relax and enjoy the magical views of Mount Kilimanjaro, and lush vegetation.
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7. Explore The Road To Nyahururu
Driving from Nairobi to Nyahururu takes 4 hours, and covers 200km, with a stop at Nakuru. The route is scenic, with lush vegetation, and the Great Rift Valley. At Nyahururu, tourists should definitely visit majestic Thomson’s Falls, a 242-foot waterfall!
8.Push-On To Amboseli National Park
Travellers can enjoy a five-hour-long road trip from Nairobi to Emali to Amboseli, where they can enjoy game drives, spotting spectacular wildlife, and view the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro!
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9. Overnight In Isiolo
Another amazing road trip that tourists must take is from Nairobi to Isiolo, which covers a distance of 280km and has a travel time of five hours, with Nanyuki, Naro Moru, and Nyeri on the way. Isiolo is a tourist hotspot, with many attractions such as the Lewa or Borana Wildlife Conservancy. Buffalo Springs National Reserve and Mount Kenya are also nearby!
10. Take A Trip To Kisumu
The 400km drive from Nairobi to the lakeside city of Kisumu takes 6 hours but is enjoyable nevertheless! The route allows tourists to stop at major towns like Nakuru and Kericho and gives the scenic views of the Great Rift Valley, and the stunning Elementaita lake.