Road Trip: What You Need to Travel to South Africa From Nairobi

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A photo collage of Nairobi, Kenya, and Capetown, South Africa.

Road trips are action-packed moments that remain as memorable experiences in the lifetime of the partakers. However, many people shy off when it comes to planning for one.

With the festive season drawing closer, taking a road trip as a family, a group or as friends would be so much fun. The question now lies in the planning process. What should one consider and what are the places that one can take one to.

You need not worry as has created for you a list of requirements with the addition of landmark features you can enjoy on a road trip from Nairobi to South Africa, the land of Nelson 'Madiba' Mandela, traversing through multiple countries.

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A photo collage of Victoria Falls in Zambia and Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

When going for a road trip across the country, it is common for many to employ services of tour and travel companies. But take a moment and think about a road trip to Cape Town, the far-most southern part of Africa.

In most instance, those taking these road trips always have the advantage and pleasure of using their own vehicles, or can travel by bus or hire an overland truck. This article examines the overland truck and use of personal vehicles for such road trips.

According to the Henley Passport Index (HPI), a global visa ranking website, Kenya’s passport is ranked 77th globally, with 72 countries accepting one to travel for free without visas, e-visas, or getting one on arrival.

It is a sigh of relief as you journey to the south of the continent. Before getting excited, ensure that you have a visa in advance to enter South Africa

This is not the case when you enter Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia, allowing you to enter on a free visa. In Botswana, Kenyans can access the country border post on the get a visa-on-arrival basis.

You will, however, be required to be a holder of a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate to access all the countries. Carry your National Identity Card at all times in case you lose your passport.

The journey from Nairobi to Johannesburg will culminate to five or seven days for non-stop travel, but 24 days for stop-overs to visit landmark features in different countries.

Coming to the preferred currency, carry the  United States Dollar. Its market strength is most opt by many hotels or doing currency exchange to local ones. However, to save on cost, carry camping gears that will cost you as low as Ksh1,000 a night.

To ensure a smooth ride, budget close to Ksh100,000 for fuel to avoid underbudgeting. Then what is fun without music? Have your favorite playlist sorted early before journeying.

To the landmark features, one will get an opportunity to glance at Lake Malawi with its beautiful shores, Zumba plateau with its waterfalls,  camping at Gorongosa National Park, and the famous Victoria Falls that host the world renowned Devil's Pool.

Lake Malawi
An Undated Image of Lake Malawi.