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Time needed to clear customs and immigration in Nairobi?

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Time needed to clear customs and immigration in Nairobi?

We are a party of 3 and we are going on safari in Amboseli in the next few weeks. Our flight is scheduled to land in Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 6:35 am and the flight from Nairobi Wilson Airport departs for Amboseli at 8:15 am (Safarilink). How long would it take us to obtain our visas at Immigration, clear Customs, and reach Nairobi Wilson Airport? Is 1 hour and 45 minutes sufficient to make the Safarilink flight to Amboseli? Or would it be safer to just drive to Amboseli? Thanks much for any advice!

Nairobi, Kenya
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1. Re: Time needed to clear customs and immigration in Nairobi?

I found it nice to drive to get to enjoy the journey and see more of Kenya but be ready for a long traffic. All the best;-)

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2. Re: Time needed to clear customs and immigration in Nairobi?

The time you have given is impossible to make it to Wilson Airport. Traffic at that time of the morning is really bad. If you land at 6.35 am, allow an hour to clear immigration, collect baggage and clear customs. Then you need to allow another 60-90 minutes to get to Wilson.

There is a flight at 2.00 pm on Safarilink. This would be the better option.

Driving - allow around 4-5 hours to get to Amboseli.

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3. Re: Time needed to clear customs and immigration in Nairobi?

I flew into JKIA two weeks ago. It took 1hr 15mins from landing to obtaining my visa, and we still had to wait a further 10 minutes before the luggage came through - a total of 1hr 25mins from landing to exiting the airport.

There is no way you'd make it to Wilson airport with just 1hr 45mins.

nyc
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4. Re: Time needed to clear customs and immigration in Nairobi?

Only if you believe in miracles - so forgetaboutit!

.... and what if your inbound is late????

Whoever booked this so close? Must have been drunk!

Suggest you arrange with your tour operator they have their driver meet you, stop for breakfast, then sightseeing to visit: Karen Blixen, Giraffe Center, 11am Sheldrick Elephant Orhanage; stop at Kazuri Beads and Utamaduni Crafts and light lunch at the latter's cafe (good and reasonably priced). If prefer not Utamaduni, can get a bite at Safarilink waiting area... then reschedule for the 2pm flight to Amboseli. Flying time is only about 45/min.

San Francisco...
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5. Re: Time needed to clear customs and immigration in Nairobi?

Thanks all! We have decided to drive to Amboseli.

6. Re: Time needed to clear customs and immigration in Nairobi?

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