Most people will only experience a trip in their airport transfer vehicle or a few days in a safari van driving you around the parks and reserves. However there are other forms of transport that you can use whilst visiting Kenya.

Public Transport.

The form of transport most widely used by Kenyans is the “Matatu” which gets its name from “three” the original cost of three coins to travel by this form of transport. They are normally Nissan minibuses which have a board showing the destination they are travelling to. The laws regarding the safety of these vehicles has become very stringent over the last couple of years and they have to undergo safety checks as well as having seatbelts and a speed limiter fitted which governs the speed to a maximum of 80km per hour (50mph) They normally only leave for their destination when full and the fares are fixed. Not the most confortable form of transport but very cheap. I have yet to be brave enough to use one.



The buses are usually used for the long distance routes and travel between most of the major towns and cities. They are normally quite confortable and reasonably safe to use. The only downside of taking a long journey by bus is the poor state of the Kenyan roads which can leave you battered and bruised after negotiating the pot holes on your route.


A safe and reliable way of travelling from your resort hotel to the attraction or place you are going to visit. Negotiate the fare with the driver before you start your journey and get him to wait until you are ready to move on or return to your hotel.


A daily train service runs between Nairobi and Mombasa and if you have the time it is and experience worth doing. The trains run overnight and it is best to buy a first class ticket which gives you a twin berth sleeper compartment with a wash hand basin and also includes breakfast and dinner. The line runs through Tsavo National park and during its construction was made world famous with the story of the man eating lions that had quite an appetite for the railway construction workers.