Kenya: Overland Kenya and The Border Crossing from Uganda

Border Crossing from Malaba in Uganda  to Ugandi in Kenya:

  1. 1.Through the gate turning right for cars and buses to the Customs Building

  1. 2. A police officer looks at the Carnet and the driver fills in a book with the chassis number and vehicle registration

  1. 3.Drive the vehicle through

  1. 4.First it is Customs for the carnet to be signed out.

  1. 5.Immigration exit is done on the Kenya side.

  1. 6. There are lots of trucks parked everywhere on both sides of the border, so you must wind you way through them.

  1. 7.Drive to Kenya side down a rough dirt road and cross river. Looks like new road and bridge being built.

  1. 8.In the Cream and brown building fill out the exit form for Uganda. Fingerprints, photograph and Ebola screening.

  2. 9.Next is Kenya immigration - passport stamped ( we have 3 month multiple entry for the 3 central African countries - Kenya/Uganda and Rwanda)

  3. 10.Then Customs for the carnet to be stamped and signed.

  4. 11. If you are staying longer than 14 days you also have to fill out a form, and pay ?? to the Kenya Revenue Authority. Since we were leaving the vehicle in storage we did not, but I need to do this on line when we return in 3 months.

  5. 12. We were hassled to buy safety triangles, first aid kits, fire extinguisher and reflectors by a couple of locals because the police will stop us 5 to 10 kms down the road. We had all these and were stopped but never asked for these items.


From January 2018 there is a new procedure - see below

For the road tax above, you can do online at ‘eCitizen’. It is a bit of a challenge but you start at the bottom Right hand corner - National Transport and Safety Authority. An actual certificate to put on the windscreen was never e-mailed to us but a printout of the payment receipt was enough. Cost US$21.00

3rd Party Insurance:

We had already 3rd Party insurance from COMESA when we entered, however when we returned 5 months later it had expired. Chris at Jungle Junction arranged our new Comesa Yellow Card all the way to Egypt. Ks 5,198 ( A$65).

Our Carnet was also extended for 12 months in Kenya. This I first arranged with the AA in Australia who contacted the AA in Kenya. Once approved, Chris then arranged for my carnet documents that he had,  to be delivered to the AA in Kenya for signing.

Cost from Chris incl delivery and collection Ks 8083.00 ( A$100 )

Exit Kenya via lake Turkana to Ethiopia:

The isolated road north via the Lake has no actual border post so all immigration/passport  and carnet stamping must be done in Nairobi before you leave.

We were helped by Chris at Jungle Junction where we stayed and also stored our vehicle. He provided us a driver to battle the crazy traffic in Nairobi and visited the immigration office for the Passport exit stamp. ( The entrance not the main entrance but around the corner. You need counter No6. Tell them what you are doing and they just stamp the passport ) easy !

Next is the Kenyan Revenue Building for the carnet. There is high security here, you need your passport to get in and NO cameras allowed. Go up the escalator and to the left, through another security check, then ask for the appropriate person. All very easy and no charge.

Travel in Kenya:

Camping & Park Entry:

Camping in Nairobi we chose as most Overlander do Jungle Junction. Chris offers camping, vehicle storage and vehicle repairs and service. Very helpful.


We found food more expensive in Kenya than further south, however apparently it is even more in Ethiopia so we will stock up here. In Nairobi we shopped at ‘The Hub’ in the suburb of Karen where there is a good Carrefoure.


Diesel was Ks 96 /Lt. (A$1.30) There are plenty of good car wash places and we used the one just around the corner from the Jungle Junction Camp.

Water: Available from some service stations and camp grounds


We got a data card from ‘’ . Excellent coverage

For our actual Travel Diary through Kenya see: Nariobi to Kenya

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