June 2011

On arrival, USD 25, valid for 3 months. Kenya is part of the East African Community (EAC) which allows returning to Kenya on the same single entry visa within the validity period provided travel is undertaken only to other EAC countries (which is currently Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi)

Entry point (from Ethiopia): Moyale
Time taken: 45 min

Road tax: 1 month USD 40, 2months USD 80, 3 month USD 100 for a vehicle over 2000kg gross weight. No road tax needed if staying for less than 7 days on a carnet.

Money change
None needed at border

After immigration, carnet is stamped and road tax paid. Local insurance is available, but we bought COMESA yellow card in Nairobi at AA Insurance GPS: S 1.294835, E 36.79919

Exit point: Malaba
Time taken: 45 min

After immigration at GPS: N 0.636923, E 34.269278, and carnet stamp from customs at GPS: N 0.636812, E 34.269462, proceed to police check at GPS: N 0.637112, E 34.269


Barclays has ATMs that accept international VISA cards

With exchange rate at 90KES = 1 USD:
Mombasa: Diesel 103KES/litre ($1.14) , Petrol 108KES/litre ($1.2)
Nairobi: Diesel 108.9KES/litre ($1.21), Petrol 114KES/litre ($1.27)


Car workshops
Nairobi: Bush Rover in the Karen area at GPS: S 1.322848, E 36.717672 was expensive.
Mombasa: Hakuuz Garage at GPS: S 4.058721, E 39.669388 is run by a father and son team, and are involved in rally driving. Good quality work, if not exactly cheap. Best for repairs rather than regular servicing.

Safaricom has good coverage, and mobile internet for 600MB fro one month for KES 1000. Airtel has better rates and similar coverage. Internet settings are (in case SMS with settings does not arrive on activation at the safaricom shop):
APN: safaricom
username: <leave blank>
password: <leave blank>

Useful GPS