10 Best Day Road Trips From Nairobi, Kenya - Travel4Purpose

Welcome to Kenya, the land of diverse landscapes, vibrant cultures, and awe-inspiring wildlife. At Travel4Purpose, we’re thrilled to present you with an exclusive guide to the best road trips from Nairobi that allow you to explore, impact, and experience the beauty of Kenya in a unique and meaningful way. Buckle up as we take you on a journey through some of the most stunning routes this East African gem has to offer.

1. Nairobi to Maasai Mara: The Safari Drive

  • Route: Nairobi – Great Rift Valley Viewpoint – Narok – Maasai Mara
  • Distance: Approximately 180 miles (290 kilometers)
  • Duration: Around 5-6 hours
  • Places of Interest: Marvel at the Great Rift Valley Viewpoint, experience Maasai culture in Narok, and embark on a captivating safari adventure in Maasai Mara National Reserve.

2. Nairobi to Amboseli: Where Kilimanjaro Meets the Wilderness

  • Route: Nairobi – Namanga – Amboseli
  • Distance: About 140 miles (225 kilometers)
  • Duration: Approximately 4-5 hours
  • Places of Interest: Immerse yourself in the stunning backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, explore Namanga town, and encounter diverse wildlife in Amboseli National Park.

3. Nairobi to Tsavo West: A Journey Through the Wild

  • Route: Nairobi – Emali – Tsavo West
  • Distance: Around 230 miles (370 kilometers)
  • Duration: About 6-7 hours
  • Places of Interest: Pause in Emali, discover Tsavo West National Park’s diverse landscapes, and witness the vibrant wildlife that calls this region home.

4. Nairobi to Naivasha: Lakeside Retreat

  • Route: Nairobi – Naivasha
  • Distance: Approximately 55 miles (90 kilometers)
  • Duration: Around 1.5-2 hours
  • Places of Interest: Enjoy a serene boat ride on Lake Naivasha, explore the geothermal wonders of Hells Gate National Park, connect with wildlife on Crescent Island, and take part in a pottery class.

5. Nairobi to Nakuru: Flamingo Haven

  • Route: Nairobi – Nakuru
  • Distance: About 100 miles (160 kilometers)
  • Duration: Approximately 2-3 hours
  • Places of Interest: Witness the spectacular pink display of flamingos at Lake Nakuru, encounter rhinos and other wildlife, and explore Nakuru town. The last 2 female white rhinos are here!

6. Nairobi to Meru: Into the Wilderness

  • Route: Nairobi – Meru
  • Distance: Around 220 miles (355 kilometers)
  • Duration: About 5-6 hours
  • Places of Interest: Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of Meru National Park, known for its lush landscapes and unique wildlife.

7. Nairobi to Samburu: A Journey to the North

  • Route: Nairobi – Samburu
  • Distance: Approximately 215 miles (345 kilometers)
  • Duration: Around 5-6 hours
  • Places of Interest: Experience the diverse ecosystem of Samburu National Reserve and encounter rare species like Grevy’s zebras and reticulated giraffes.

8. Nairobi to Diani: Beach Bliss

  • Route: Nairobi – Mombasa – Diani
  • Distance: About 310 miles (500 kilometers)
  • Duration: Approximately 7-8 hours
  • Places of Interest: Enjoy the coastal paradise of Diani Beach, relax on pristine shores, and indulge in water sports and beach activities. Check out our T4P activities such as the sunset canoe ride in the Kongo River! 

9. Nairobi to Kisumu: Along the Shores of Lake Victoria

  • Route: Nairobi – Kisumu
  • Distance: Around 215 miles (345 kilometers)
  • Duration: About 6-7 hours
  • Places of Interest: Explore the bustling city of Kisumu, stroll along the shores of Lake Victoria, and engage with the vibrant Luo culture.

10. Nairobi to Nanyuki: Gateway to Mount Kenya

  • Route: Nairobi – Nanyuki
  • Distance: Approximately 125 miles (200 kilometers)
  • Duration: Around 3-4 hours
  • Places of Interest: Discover the charm of Nanyuki town, visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and marvel at the grandeur of Mount Kenya.

As you journey through these remarkable best road trips from Nairobi – Kenya, consider the impact your travel can have on the local communities and environments.

If you’d simply like to stay in Nairobi but still get adventurous, check out our day trips within Nairobi.

Travel4Purpose is committed to providing sustainable accommodations that empower local economies, respect cultures, and minimize environmental footprints. Our road trips are not just about the destinations, but also the positive change you leave behind.

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Ruth I
Ruth I
2024-07-09
Beautiful and peaceful experience We had such a beautiful peaceful experience on the canoe tour, and our guide was informative but also let us enjoy the sounds of nature and the quiet moments. The sunset was beautiful too ❤️
PhilippeS1707
PhilippeS1707
2024-05-23
The magic moment of our holidays Magic, Romantic and Fantastic trip! Travel4Purpose gives you this feeling to be unique! I warmly recommend!!Thanks to the T4P Rafiki!!!
Basheer S
Basheer S
2024-04-09
Trip of a lifetime T4P/Shanmi was incredible. Helpful, supportive and kind. T4P played a major role in me and friends having one of the best trips of our lives. Immensely grateful for the support, organising and friendliness throughout.
Sahdi
Sahdi
2024-02-21
Mombasa City Tour The Mombasa city tour was great! A wonderful way to see the city in action and get to know more about the area. Was able to pay by card/link which was good! Tyson was a great guide who made the experience more enjoyable for us 👍
Georgia M
Georgia M
2024-02-18
Loved it! The view was was great and I have loads of nice photos! The guide was also lovely and chatty, making us feel very comfortable. We overall loved the experience. Definitely on the pricier side of other options but the ride was longer and more catered to our interests. It’s worth noting the coconuts at the end are not included and expensive for tourists (probably obvious but not to us!)
Shamija J
Shamija J
2024-02-04
Cultural, Relevant, Impactful Experiences Sham of Travel4Purpose is thee absolute best. From the first contact up to the day we landed in Nairobi, she makes sure everything is organized well, so that we could enjoy each day to the fullest. And when she wasn’t available, she had someone there checking on us. From our drivers, to the tours, to the experiences even help with lodging everything was amazing. We wanted this trip to be a cultural, fun learning experience and we got that plus more with help from Sham. We just had to show up and all the rest was taken care of. Can’t wait to do it all again!
Shamija J
Shamija J
2024-02-04
Amazing Tour and Animals Shams is absolutely amazing. Our itinerary for this trip was carefully arranged down to the simplest details. The tour was amazing and we got to see so much up close and personal.
Thill D
Thill D
2024-02-04
A must for Naturelovers We had a very nice morning, saw a lot of plants, insects and animals. Our guide Omar was very helpful and patient. He explained very well and answered all our questions. All in all it was a very satisfying experience. Dany
postikortti
postikortti
2024-01-28
Interesting Mombasa City and Food Tour We requested a private city tour of Mombasa combined with the food tour. Travel4Purpose were very quick with the inquiry and were very flexible with arranging the pickup and return to our hotel. So if you don't see exactly what you want on their website, don't be afraid to reach out and inquire about the changes. We were picked up from our hotel in a car and then had an enjoyable day exploring the old town of Mombasa in a tuk-tuk, visiting the markets and some shops. We especially enjoyed visiting Imani Collective, where local women make different items (soft toys, bags, home accessories, etc.). You can be very specific with the places you want to visit and they are happy to accommodate your requests. We also enjoyed different snacks and drinks bought from the local vendors. At the end of the day we were returned back to our hotel in a car. Do take some cash with you if you want to buy something and also for tips to the local guides.
Hannah B
Hannah B
2023-12-22
Great day organised by Travel4Purpose Sham of Travel4Purpose is the best. From the first contact upto the day after she makes sure everything is organised well, so that we could enjoy the day to the fullest. We started with a Nature Walk with the Giraffes. It was hot, but very impressive. Not only giraffes, but there were also other animals. To have a break before our next activity, we took lunch at Yuls. A very enjoyable place and good food. Then we went ahead for the Dhow tour. It was a great way to end the day: seeing the sunset from the boat and sipping coconot water from a coconut. We had a great time. The driver, the guide at Nguuni Sanctuary and the 3 sailmen were incredibly friendly. Thank you for a wonderful day.

Annabelle Waghorn
Annabelle Waghorn
2024-06-08
We went on the boat trip with T4P, it was the most relaxing journey! The crew went above and beyond, even climbing the mast to the get the best group selfie! We also did a bracelet workshop with such lovely men by the Fort Jesus, they shared their stories and skills with us, we will be forever grateful for the insight they gave us on Mombasa! Thank you Sham and everyone!
Philippe Sarzi
Philippe Sarzi
2024-05-23
Magic, Romantic and Fantastic trip! Travel4Purpose gives you this feeling to be unique! Thanks to the T4P Rafiki!!!
Jenny Cusack
Jenny Cusack
2024-05-08
I loved my experience on the street food tour! Qamili quickly became a friend, we explored areas of Mombasa I haven’t been to, and enjoyed some delicious street eat. Sham & Qamili communicated well and everything was smooth pre and post tour. I highly recommend it 🩵
Vicky Stroud
Vicky Stroud
2024-04-30
We had a wonderful afternoon walking through the Old Town and then seeing Mombasa from a tuk tuk! Our guide was informative and interesting. Highly recommended!
Basheer Shonuga
Basheer Shonuga
2024-04-09
T4P/Shanmi was incredible. Helpful, supportive and kind. T4P played a major role in me and friends having one of the best trips of our lives. Immensely grateful for the support, organising and friendliness throughout.
Varun Lahoti
Varun Lahoti
2024-03-23
Travel4purpose's Mombasa city tour exceeded expectations! Hillary and Tyson, our guides, were exceptional. Their knowledge and enthusiasm brought the city's rich history and culture to life. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, every corner of Mombasa was explored with thoroughness and passion. Their attention to detail ensured we didn't miss a thing. The tour seamlessly blended historical insights with local anecdotes, offering a comprehensive experience. Whether you're a history buff or simply seeking adventure, this tour is a must. Thanks to Travel4purpose and their outstanding guides, Hillary and Tyson, for an unforgettable journey through Mombasa!
Roxanne Braganza
Roxanne Braganza
2024-03-19
We had a great time! The trip was peaceful and calm. Omari was a fantastic guide 👏
Gemma
Gemma
2024-03-08
Thank you Tyson for an incredible Mombasa City Tour! We had a great time and learnt so much. Tyson went out of his way to assist us. Dogo in Fort Jesus was a powerhouse of information! We were really impressed with Travel4Purpose! 👍👍👍
Mihret Haile
Mihret Haile
2024-03-08
We had an amazing food tour in Mombasa organized by T4P, we loved all the food we tried and learning about the history of old town. Tyson was a great guide.