Driving in Kenya

Oct 6th, 2006, 05:51 AM
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Driving in Kenya

We are planning on driving from Nairobi to Maasai Mara; probably first to Fig Tree and then on to Governor's Camp.

Is this reasonable or is it too risky?
jerrykol is offline  
Oct 6th, 2006, 06:31 AM
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It's quite OK, what time of year?
It will be a long a tough drive as the road from Narok into the Mara is pretty beaten up.

What risks are you worried about? You can break down and there is not much in the way of support out there, so make sure you have the supplies to take care of business. If you are not in a 4x4 and end up travelling in the rain, you will get stuck.
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Oct 6th, 2006, 05:01 PM
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The only risks I can possibly think of would be:
a) Having your rental car break down
b) Get lost on a road with no road-signs.
c) Getting stuck in the mud after it rains
d) Running out of fuel because your rental car gauge doesn't work
e) Not being able to buy fuel because you passed the last station 100km ago.
f) Getting car-jacked by shiftas as you are waiting for more gas.
g) Getting a puncture and then realizing the rental agency forgot to put the tyre jack in the trunk.
h) Hitting a masai's cow on the highway and realizing you didn't pay for the correct type of insurance
i) Having the masai chase after you with his spear for hitting his cow.
j) Finally getting to your camp, then finding out it's already full, and they want you to drive to the other side of the Mara (with a dented vehicle, no fuel, and a masai spear in your tyre) to a different camp.

So... basically there's nothing to worry about !
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Oct 6th, 2006, 05:54 PM
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Rent a sat phone.
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Oct 6th, 2006, 05:55 PM
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Get a gps with maps loaded
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Oct 6th, 2006, 06:05 PM
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I could carry on, but it would not be constructive. Lots of people drive it. Just carry the sat phone for peace of mind and make advance reservations. If you hit a goat, keep driving. Don't hit a cow. The police have little sympathy for the masai and they would look at you strangely for trying to report it. Check the vehicle before you rent it. Too late in the Mara. The vehicle should have long range tanks or extra jerry cans. Think it through now and you will work it out. Lots of tourists drive in Kenya. Ask the rental agency, its their job.

I hope you are getting one that has a high clearance.
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