While it is possible to fly to Garissa or Marsabit in a Chartered aircraft, a trip by road is the most adventurous to spice up the whole experience. It is a rigorous tour where you will experience what you will never forget, remote Kenya. The main road through Northern Kenya is the Trans-East African Highway – that passes through Isiolo, Marsabit and on to Moyale at the Ethiopian border.

If you are coming from the western Kenya circuit rough road runs north from the market center of Kitale to Lodwar on the west side of Lake Turkana, and from there on to the South Sudan border. Garissa town is the closest town from Nairobi with approximately 367km apart.

There are daily Matatus from Nairobi & Mombasa to Garissa. If you are traveling by car, the journey takes only about 4 to 5 hours as it has less traffic.

Getting Around Northern Kenya

Most of the Northern towns are small enough to get around on foot, but taxis can easily be hired whether in Madera, Garissa or Marsabit towns. Garissa town is a bit more developed but beyond its boundaries, the roads are unsurfaced and frequently become impassable during the rains.

How to Travel in Northern Kenya

  • Matatus – Operated by independent organizations & managed by local saccos, you can take any matatu marked with the PSV sign.
  • Taxi – Available in most towns in the region.
  • Car rentals – Rental cars are easy to get especially from Nairobi.
  • Boda-bodas – The best way to get around inaccessible areas, other than walking, is by boda-bodas.
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