Kenya car rentals

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Cheap car rentals in Kenya

Passenger van$145/day
Pickup truck$171/day
Premium SUV$131/day
Intermediate station wagon$53/day
Standard SUV$73/day
Intermediate SUV$83/day
Luxury SUV$339/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in Kenya

  • Public transportation in Kenya is limited, and those who wish to avoid the rigid structures of a guided tour may prefer to rent a car in Kenya. Most national parks, like Tsavo and Amboseli, are open to private vehicles and offer self-drive safari routes, while other areas of the country are best accessed by rental car. These places include Samburu, Mount Kenya, the Maasai Mara, and Lake Nakuru.
  • When renting a car in Kenya, it is almost always essential to opt for a four-wheel drive: road conditions are often unsuitable for a two-wheel-drive vehicle, and many national parks will only accept four-wheel drives. It is also important to check that the vehicle carries some essentials like two spare tires, an extra can of fuel, and plenty of water.
  • While Kenya does not really have official laws on children traveling in cars, kids under 12 are not supposed to sit in the front seat. Despite the fact that laws are not strict, driving conditions make it advisable for all children to travel in an age-appropriate restraint and to be seated in the rear of the vehicle. A few agencies may provide car seats for an additional fee, such as Europcar for approx. 506 KES (5 USD) per day, but this must be checked and confirmed well in advance.
  • Many rental agencies like Avis allow drivers to cross the border to neighboring countries Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda with a rental car, while South Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia are usually off limits. These border areas are also considered to be very unsafe and should be avoided. It is important to contact the rental agency in advance when considering a cross-border trip, as extra insurance will have to be arranged. Additional fees of around 30,000 to 46,600 KES (300 to 460 USD) are usually charged for this service.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Kenya for $59 or less
  • Book your rental car in Kenya at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Kenya are around 10% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate rental cars in Kenya are around -179% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Kenya

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Kenya?

    On average a rental car in Kenya costs $105 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Kenya?

    Intermediate (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Kenya.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Kenya?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at GREEN MOTION ($37/day), Autounion Car Rental ($44/day) and Ace ($47/day).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Kenya?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Where should I rent a car in Kenya?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Kenya are Nairobi (87% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Kenya) and Mombasa (11%).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Kenya?

    On average a rental car in Kenya costs $530 per week ($76 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Kenya?

    On average a rental car in Kenya costs $2,273 per month ($76 per day).

  • What is driving like in Kenya?

    Road conditions in Kenya can vary wildly, and speeding is common. Other things to watch out for include wildlife, people crossing the highway at unmarked points, potholes, loose road surfaces, and mechanical breakdowns (which may require a long wait at the side of the road). Driving in Kenya is on the left, and it is recommended to maintain a defensive driving approach, lock all doors, and never travel after dark.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Kenya?

    Most car agencies require drivers to be at least 23 to 25 years old to rent a car in Kenya, with an upper limit of 70 to 75 years usually in place. Some, like Avis, request that drivers have held a valid license for at least two years. In general, a domestic driver’s license will be accepted to rent a car in Kenya, though a few agencies may insist on an International Driver’s Permit (IDP). It is important to always travel with your rental documents, driving license, and passport on hand.

  • How are gas prices in Kenya?

    Gas prices in Kenya tend to hover around 111-131 KES (1.10-1.30 USD) per liter or 4.15-4.90 USD per gallon, larger vehicles like four-wheel drives costing a considerable amount to fill up. Outside of cities, gas stations can be extremely sparse—often hundreds of miles apart—so it is best to fill up whenever possible, carry a can of spare fuel, and always make sure you know where the next gas station is located.

  • What are the speed limits in Kenya?

    The speed limit system in Kenya is quite straightforward, with a maximum limit of 50 km/h (31 mph) in towns and cities and 110 km/h (68 mph) on highways. Speed bumps are common in both urban and rural areas, and they are rarely marked. Both speeders and wild animals on the road are unfortunately very regular occurrences in Kenya, so it is wise to maintain a low speed and drive cautiously.

Car rental directory

  • autounion

    Autounion Car Rental car rental locations in Kenya

    10 Locations

  • unicornrentacar

    Unicorn Rent A Car car rental locations in Kenya

    6 Locations

  • greenmotion

    GREEN MOTION car rental locations in Kenya

    5 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Kenya

    5 Locations

  • ace

    Ace car rental locations in Kenya

    4 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Kenya

    4 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in Kenya

    4 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in Kenya

    4 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car rental locations in Kenya

    4 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car rental locations in Kenya

    3 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car rental locations in Kenya

    3 Locations

  • express

    Express Rent a Car car rental locations in Kenya

    2 Locations

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The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.