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Car rental Nairobi
Car rental Nairobi

Introduction

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and many tourists arrive here before traveling on to the country's famous wildlife parks. The name of the city is derived from the way the Masai called the place: Enkare Nyirobi, which means 'place of cool water'.

Population

The exact population of Nairobi isn't known; estimates range from 3 to 4 million. It's the largest city in East Africa.

Location

Nairobi is located in the south of Kenya, approximately halfway between the two highest mountains of Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro (in Tanzania) lies about 200 kilometers south of the city; Mount Kenya at over 150 kilometers north of Nairobi. West of town lies a hilly area, the Ngong Hills.

Economy

Kenya's capital is a center of international politics, finances, commerce and trade. There are large UN-organizations and branches of over a hundred large, international companies. The Nairobi Stock Exchange is the most important one in Africa. The city is also the gateway for millions of tourists who visit Kenya annually.

Airports

Nairobi Airport is called Jomo Keniatta International Airport and is situated 15 kilometers southeast of the city center. It's easily reachable by rental car. You take the road to the seaside resort Mombasa (A-104, Mombasa Highway). After the suburb Embakasi the airport is signposted.

Public Transport

So-called matatus (minibuses with 14-24 seats) are the most popular means of public transport in Nairobi. Most matatus run a set route (also to places outside the city). Recently, the government issued rules for these minibuses: they are not allowed to transport more passengers then they have seats for and all seats need to have seat belts. You'll need to find out for yourself if these rules are observed. Since 2011 no new licenses are issued for matatus; the government wants to slowly banish them.

There are several companies exploiting the city buses: Kenya Bus Service (KBS, blue buses), Citi Hoppa (green buses) and Double M (purple buses). Nairobi is the transportation hub of Kenya; there are various bus and train connections to other places in the country, including Mombasa, Nyeri and Kisumu.

Traffic and Parking

Nairobi's infrastructure hasn't kept up with the economic growth and the increasing car traffic that came with it. The city is tremendously busy and traffic is chaotic. Traffic jams are common. The situation is being improved by building new roads, bridges and overpasses, but it remains to be seen if those efforts will relieve traffic. For security reasons, it's best to park your rental car at a guarded parking lot or in one of the parking garages, which appear more and more in Nairobi.

Hotels

As said above, Nairobi is a city of international politics and trade and a great tourist attraction. There are a tremendous amount of accommodations, but we advise booking your accommodation in advance. Many luxurious hotels can be found near the road to Mombasa; there's a concentration of budget hotels near the bus station.

External Sources

For more information about Nairobi, we recommend Google and the following sources:

Frequently asked questions

Is EasyTerra Car Rental the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? Our rates are all-inclusive. Our reservation department will inform you in advance should additional costs apply. You can always cancel your booking free of charge if you do not agree (this must be done at least 48 hours prior to the start of the car hire period). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by EasyTerra Car Rental? at this location
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