Hitchhiking is never entirely safe in any country, and we don’t recommend it. Travellers who hitch should understand they are taking a small but potentially serious risk. It’s safer to travel in pairs and let someone know where you are planning to go. Also beware of drunken drivers. Although it’s risky, many locals have no choice but to hitch, so people will know what you’re doing if you try to flag down cars.

Signalling :

The traditional thumb signal will probably be understood, but locals use a palm-downwards wave to get cars to stop.

Contributions :

Many Kenyan drivers expect a contribution towards petrol or some kind of gift from foreign passengers, so make it clear from the outset if you are expecting a free ride.

National parks :

If you’re hoping to hitch into the national parks, dream on! You’ll get further asking around for travel companions in Nairobi or any of the gateway towns.

Local hitchers :

On the other side of the wheel, foreign drivers will be approached regularly by Kenyan hitchers demanding free rides – giving a lift to a carload of Maasai is certainly a memorable cultural experience.