A rewarding method to get to know your country much better is to go on a road trip through Kenya. Driving gives you the freedom to halt wherever you want to take in breath-taking scenery and views and take pictures, whether you are driving yourself or with a driver.
1. Nairobi to Naivasha
This list’s top destination for a quick weekend road journey from Nairobi is Naivasha. You can engage in a variety of activities in this lovely village, which is accessible in less than two hours. Visit the Traveler’s Chapel, also referred to as the Mai Mahiu Church locally, which is located on the hillside about 50 kilometers from Nairobi. Italian POWs constructed this modest stone Catholic chapel in 1942, and it is believed to beone of the world’s smallest churches.Once in Naivasha, you can engage in activities such as;
- Walking next to wildlife animals such as giraffes at Crescent Island on Lake Naivasha
- Go for a Game Drive at Hell’s Gate National Park
- Take a sunset Boat ride on Lake Naivasha to get close up to the hippos.
- Swimming at the Olkaria Geothermal spa
Depending on your time and whether you want to stay overnight in Naivasha or not, the extinct volcano Mount Longonot and the dense forest inside its crater offer an excellent stop for views across the Great Rift Valley from the crater rim.
2. Nairobi to Nanyuki
195 kilometers from Nairobi is the town of Nanyuki, which is situated in Laikipia County. The second-largest peak in Africa, Mount Kenya, is easily accessible from Nanyuki. The renowned Mount Kenya National Park and the Equator, which passes through Nanyuki’s southernmost region, are also accessible from there. At the Equator, it’s challenging to avoid taking a selfie. The town of Nanyuki is lively and not excessively crowded. It’s perfect for getting grilled corn, nyama choma, and other refreshments. There are both locals and visitors in the community. You’ll discover events and attractions here like;
- Visit the Ol Jogi Conservancy’s Wildlife Rescue Centre to see the adopted animals living in the zoo.
- Game drive at Ol Pejeta Conservancy
- Swim in the blue waters of Ngare Ndare
- A visit to the Mau Mau caves and Burguret Falls
- Try wall climbing at Mt Kenya Climbing Gym to stretch your muscles
3. Nairobi to Sagana
Kirinyaga County’s Sagana is a tiny town. It is located 100 kilometres north of Nairobi on the Nairobi-Nyeri route. It takes its name from Kenya’s second-longest river, the Sagana, also known as the Thagana. Sagana is well-known for sporting events such as;
- White Water Rafting
- Water Gliding at Angel’s bowl
- Kayaking on river Sagana
- Bungee Jumping
4. Nairobi to Namanga
Located 163 kilometers from Nairobi, Namanga is a border village in Kenya and Tanzania. Through Kitengela, Isinya, and Kajiado, you can travel by car from Nairobi to the frontier. There is an express highway that leads there with few speed bumps, making for an excellent traveling experience. There is not much passing or incoming traffic on the route. Passing through Kajiado Country on Namanga road is the most time-consuming portion of the trip. A series of hills dot the landscape in the semi-arid area of Kajiado. As you drive by, you’ll want to pull over and snap pictures all the time. Just like at any other border town checkpoint, a long line of trailers is waiting on either side of the road for authorization to enter or leave either nation. If visiting Namanga is your primary objective, you will do a U-turn and return.
5. Nairobi to Lake Magadi
Southern Kenya contains Lake Magadi, which is about 106 kilometers from Nairobi. However, the trip could take up to five hours based on the vehicle. Use of four-wheel drive or a car with high ground elevation is highly advised. If you don’t want to go too far from Nairobi but still want excellent rewards with a lovely lakeside climax, go to Kenya’s “pink lake,” Lake Magadi. With a length of 33.5 kilometers and a width of 3.5 kilometers, Lake Magadi is a sizable but small lake. Continue traveling past traditional settlements and acacia trees to the soda lake of Lake Magadi, which is home to flamingos and other aquatic birds. Eat at the Lake Magadi Sports Club and Tented Camp or bring a casual lunch. It’s a lovely lakefront location, especially at sunset, and it serves wonderful meals. If you stay, you may select between nice rooms and safari tents. Other activities and attractions here include,
- Swimming at Lake Magadi Sports Club and Tented Camp for only Kshs 500
- Enjoy interacting with the Masai living in the area
- Bird Watching at Lake Magadi
- Wild Animals
- Visit Olorgesailie Prehistoric Site visit
- Take a bath in the Hot Springs