Excluded areas for self drive

Kenya is perfectly safe and suitable to go on a self drive safari. There are only a few areas where we don’t allow Roadtrippers to go to for the following reasons: the road conditions are poor and require technical driving skills, or the area is too remote so we cannot organize adequate back up support.

For your safety, as well as for the cars’, we have excluded the Northern section of Kenya from our services. This is roughly everything north of the line Mount Elgon – Lake Baringo – Samburu National Park - down to Malindi.
Luckily, the centre of attention is in the Central/Southern region of Kenya, so although the area looks large, you have more than enough other destinations to go to, such as the Maasai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli and Mount Kenya.

Parks such as Marsabit NP and the Turkana region are off-limits for self-drivers, due to very poor road conditions, safety, and because they would be very far away from any opportunity to be of service to you in case of a breakdown. But do let us know if you would like to go up there, as we can try to explore the possibilities with you of going with a driver/guide/mechanic.

It is unfortunately not possible to drive up to Lamu with our cars, as the roads surrounding Lamu have been flagged as ‘not very safe’ of late. If you want to visit Lamu, you have the option of flying, which is not that expensive with low-cost carriers such as SAX.

Kindly note that these excluded areas are listed in our rental terms & conditions. Our vehicles have car trackers to monitor if a hirer breaches the contract and therefore would be fully liable for any costs and loss of security bond.

Maasai Mara


Entering the Maasai Mara is allowed for people hiring a Toyota Landcruiser, but not for the Toyota RAV4. We strongly recommend hiring a driver for exploring the Maasai Mara. 
Kindly note that these excluded areas are listed in our rental terms & conditions. Our vehicles have car trackers to monitor if a hirer breaches the contract and therefore would be fully liable for any costs and loss of security bond.

For some reason beyond our understanding, the roads leading to this highlight are the most terrible roads you can experience driving in Kenya.

These road are notorious among all tour guides in Kenya. It is a very challenging road due to the rocky surface with ribbons, which requires you to speed over 60 km/ hour to absorb the bumps. But this also implies that in case something unexpected happens, like the crossing of an animal or an approaching vehicle after a blind corner, you need to react confidently and instantly.

Moreover, there are more arguments in favour of going with an experienced driver & guide that knows the park and hence understands the seasonal patterns of the animals. For a first-timer, it can be quite complicated to understand where to go and where to stay in the Mara.

That is why we offer an add-on to our car rental services; 'the Maasai Mara experience' as a building block to your trip. You go with a experienced driver at the beginning or end of your trip. A relaxed way of starting your journey in Kenya, and to getting to know the roads. Or, a relaxed way to unwind from your trip at the end of your journey. Going to the Mara with a driver is such a relaxed and 'luxury' way of beginning or ending your trip!

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