Hitch Hiking

 It is possible to hitchhike in Kenya, but always use your common sense. Pay attention to hitch-hike in and to safe areas, and only before it is dark.

Plan ahead before you hitch-hike and pick a time that will ensure you get to your destination in good time.

Be polite to those who give you a ride, and avoid hitch-hiking at night.

Unfortunately, in most places, people imagine that a White Tourist is carrying a lot of money, so hitch-hiking late at night simply makes you easy prey to petty thieves.

Different signs mean different things in different countries, so when you are hitch-hiking, a Kenyan may not understand when you show only your thumb. He might even think you are simply saying hallo. Instead, move your open palm up and down as an indication that you want a driver to stop and give you a ride.

If a driver is kind enough to stop, make it clear you want a free ride and clarify which way you are headed, before you hop into the vehicle.

However, if you enter a public service vehicle (PSV), such as a matatu or a bus, you will pay a fee to your destination.

There are many good people who can give you a free ride. Be nice and learn local greetings in advance. Practice these greetings before you start on your Safari and confidently use them on local people you meet during your stay.

Carry enough snacks and water every time you hitch-hike, as this is the ‘roughing-it-up’ option and you might not have time to stop on your way for these necessities. Sounds fair?