Car Hire in Nairobi

Information about hiring a car or other vehicle in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi.

 Type of VehicleCD4×4Cost per Day (Unlimited Mileage)
AToyota Axio, Fielder  3,500
BToyota Premio, Allion  4,500
CToyota Voxy, Noah (Vans)  8,000
DToyota Rav4 / Suzuki Vitara 6,600
EToyota Prado 13,000
FToyota Landcruiser19,000
GToyota Hiace with pop-up roof 18,500
HMercedes Benz 18,000
IShuttles & buses 25, 27, 33, 51 and 62 seaters From 18,000

CD – Chauffeur driven only. Price includes gas and cost of driver from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Price excludes driver’s overtime, meals and entry into wildlife parks.

Safari – Vehicles are safari ready with pop-up roof for wildlife viewing and our exclusive Safari kit.

The minimum the vehicles can be hired is for 4 days.

Rates and Conditions
All rates are expressed in Kenya Shillings (KSh), and don’t include fuel and oil, but are inclusive of maintenance. Some vehicles have automatic transmission and others manual transmission. Rates may be adjusted during the year so check when booking.


Group A: Toyota Axio, Fielder KSh 3,500 / US$ 35 per day Group B: Toyota Premio, Allion KSh 4,500 / US$ 45 per day Group C: Toyota Voxy, Noah KSh 8,000 / US$ 80 per day
Group D: Toyota Rav4 / Suzuki Vitara KSh 6,600 / US$ 66 per day Group E: Toyota Prado KSh 13,000 / US$ 130 per day Group F: Toyota Landcruiser KSh 19,000 / US$ 190 per day
Group G: Toyota Hiace with pop-up roof KSh 18,500 / US$ 185 per day Group H: Mercedes Benz KSh 18,000 / US$ 180 per day Group I: Shuttles & buses 25, 27, 33, 51 and 62 seaters From KSh 18,000 / US$ 180 per day

4X4 Car Hire Nairobi

Kenya’s national parks and game reserves are generally accessible with a 2WD vehicle. If you are touring as a group, a tour van with a pop-up roof will get the job done. However, if you intend on taking a safari during the rainy seasons (between March and May or between October and December) you should go for a 4×4 because some roads in the wildlife parks become quite muddy after rains requiring a hardy vehicle to traverse them.

If you intend to drive around the city, a 2WD vehicle is recommended because it is more fuel-efficient and it is also cheaper to hire compared to a 4×4.

The cost for hiring a low consumption 2WD vehicle starts from US$ 35 and a 4×4 vehicle starts from US$ 75 per day without insurance. The cost of hiring a tour van (7 seater) starts from US$ 180 per day and a mini-bus (25 seater) US$ 260 per day with insurance and driver included.

Insurance prices are between US$ 23 and US$ 32 per day. It is important that you pay for insurance as it prevents you from paying for the full worth of the vehicle in case of an accident or theft.

The cost of hiring a car does not include gas and a deposit is always required, often totaling to the estimated sum of hire.

Car rental companies can provide you with a driver for about US$ 20 per day.

Most car rental companies will ask you to pay using a credit card or a signed travelers cheque.

Car hire in Nairobi

Car Hire in Nairobi – Requirements

To get a driving license in Kenya you have to be above the age of 18 years.

Driver should be above the age of 23 years and have at least 2 years driving experience.

A driving license from the country of residence or any international driver’s permit is generally acceptable, and must bear no current endorsement during the last 2 years.

Driving is done on the left side of the road.

The vehicle should have PSV (Passenger Service Vehicle) inspection and insurance stickers. Both stickers should be displayed on the windshield as opposed to an insurance sticker that reads “Private”.

The vehicles are available in Nairobi, Mombasa, Diani and Malindi. By prior arrangement, vehicles hired in Kenya may be driven across the border into Tanzania and Uganda.

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2 thoughts on “Car Hire in Nairobi”

  1. I am looking for information on renting a small camper van with driver and a toilet to go from Nairobi to Homa Bay and back..

    We would sleep in a guest house at night.

    These vans are available all over Europe, USA Canada, Australia, New Zealand and maybe in south Africa but I cannot find information about aavailability in Kenya

    We would not be coming for a holiday and do not want to go on Safari.


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