Means of transportation in Kenya?

by Gika


What means of transportation can people use in Kenya?

Both to move accross regions and accross the country?

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Feb 20, 2010
Stick to taxis at night
by: Arjen (webmaster)

I've heard about some abductions of matatu's after dark. Some crook gets in as a passenger and then forces the matatu to go someplace where the travelers are robbed. Taxis are safe at night. I'm not sure about the others.

Feb 13, 2010
Safety at night
by: Anonymous

Thank you all very much for such detailed replies. Is it safe to travel on these modes of transportation at night.

Feb 09, 2010
Alternative Transport
by: Archie Melrose

Just to add to the list

PikiPiki - Small motorbike for local transport. Recently the government has cracked down on these operators due to many accidents with injuries to the passengers. Crash helmets???? What are they??

TukTuk - Small 3 wheeled vehicles that can carry 2 passengers but zip along at breakneck speed. I love these so much. Once again just local runs and cheap.

BodaBoda - Bicycles as mentioned by my co-moderators. The most popular form of local transport. You sit side saddle on the back and fight with the law of gravity.

Archie

Feb 08, 2010
add to the list
by: Cassandra Marie

Just want to add to Irene's list. There are two other mods of transport used by many...walking and bicycles. Many people use these mods when going to work and home or even town to home. Now I think that is every thing.

Feb 08, 2010
transport means in Kenya
by: Irene O.

In Kenya the matatu is well known and used by most of the people travelling to work, to visit family and friends even if the distance is far.

A Matatu is a mini van made to a transport van whereby actually about 12 up to 14 people could comfortable sit. However most of the time overloaded with even up to 20 people. That is why when accidents occur many people can die.

Matatu's can travel even from Nairobi to Mombasa or within parts of this traject whereby the passenger switched matatu till reached destination. This is the cheapest way of transport.You can get almost anywhere in Kenya by matatu.

Furthermore public busses from Mombasa to Nairobi and other regions. There are some reliable bus companies offering these services.

There is a train from Nairobi to Mombasa and vice versa and to some other town cities.

There are international airports in Mombasa and Nairobi and some small airstrips within parks and town cities for local transport.

Mombasa is a sea port where cruise ships dock for some days and where the daily ferry boat is crossing from the main land Mombasa to Likoni.

There are boat transfers to Lamu and other islands in the Indian Ocean.

Some tribes do use still the camel and donkey as a mean of transport.

I think I have mentioned most of them if someone knows more... add your comment!

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