Getting to the Western Region of Kenya
Although exploring Western Kenya is easier with shuttles and buses, it could mean sacrificing a little luxury & comfort. However, the journey is more rewarding as the little is a little underexploited.
There are a few scheduled flights to major towns in Western Kenya, starting with Kisumu, Kakamega & Kitale. However, most visitors prefer to fly to Kisumu or Eldoret and then connect to Kakamega or Kitale by road. There are daily scheduled flights by major companies including Air Kenya, Kenya Airways and Jet link that operates across from Nairobi, to Mombasa, Eldoret, Malindi, and Kisumu.
It is definitely a long drive from Nairobi to any town within the Western tourism circuit in Kenya. It usually takes about 6-9hours to get to most the towns. There are daily scheduled buses (Coast Bus/ Crown Bus) that travel to Western Kenya mainly from Nairobi or Mombasa. Shorter distances like Nakuru, Eldoret, Kericho and the nearby cities are well served by Matatus (Shuttles buses) which is the most convenient mode of transport.
Getting around Western Kenya is pretty easy and straightforward. All the regional towns & cities are linked by a good road network with a steady stream of buses and matatus. Most of the roads are in good tarred condition with a few occasional potholes. Interiors sections like Kakamega Forest reserve are serviced by local boda-bodas (Motorbikes) are a very reasonable price.
Self-driving is also a good option in this region; distances between the towns and sights are relatively short and there are plenty of places to stop for petrol, lunches or take a break. Driving around the region gives a good opportunity to enjoy the countryside, especially the unique scenic hills covered in the brilliant green tea plantations around Kericho and Kisii.
Driving around the region gives a good opportunity to enjoy the countryside, especially the unique scenic landscape and the mind-blowing cultural heritage.
How to Travel Around
- Bus & Matatus – Operated by independent companies, buses, and matatus are the most affordable means of transport around the region. You can take a matatu from a town within the region.
- Taxi – Available in all parts of the region. From a homestay or hotel, you can have them call their partner taxis.
- Car – Rental cars are easy to get. Once in the main cities like Kisumu & Kakamega, Homabay or any other you request the service of car rentals.
- Boda-bodas – The best way to get around the most interior and inaccessible parts of a region.