Crossing into Kenya - temporary vehicle import





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    Hi all

    This is a bit of a long shot!

    My hubby and I are travelling up the east coast, and it looks likely we'll need to cross from Uganda into Kenya.

    We have a carnet for the vehicle, but it doesn't include / isn't valid for Kenya.

    Does anyone know if it is possible to get a temporary import permit at the border to enter Kenya?

    If we can't cross, then we'll just have to go from Uganda back into Tanzania and give Kenya a miss.

    Any help would be welcome!

    kind regards
    African GirlChild

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    Its possible to go into Kenya without Carnet,
    we did that 2011.

    A friend of us also did go in with a motor cycle,
    also without carnet.

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    You have 2 choices, Malaba or Busia border. Busia is slightly more quiet than Malaba.
    TIP shouldnt be a problem to get in to Kenya.
    If for whatever reason they refuse you entry, you can head back to TZ at Mutukula Border, south of Masaka and head around the otherside of Lake Victoria. I had to do this during the Kenyan election crisis in 2007/8.
    You can either take the ferry at Bukoba to Mwanza or drive south towards Biharamulo. We drove, and it was a very interesting journey. The roads were being fixed up, and they are not well used so were in a pretty good condition, they dont see that many 'tourists' up there, so you will get a lot of unwanted attention, and in some places we has to take armed escorts because of bandits.
    Dont be put off by it though, the countryside is beautiful and very different to the rest of TZ.
    If you can enter Kenya, happy days - your first decent fuel stop is at Bungoma - much cheaper in Kenya than Uganda. and there is some great nyama choma to be had at the side of the road.
    Good luck

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    Just a note to say we drove around the south of Victoria (via Biharamulo) in 2011. Roads were good (Chinese still working on them), people were friendly and no need for escorts (armed or otherwise). If you go that way make sure you get the ferry across the very southern tip of the lake (only takes 30 mins or so and they go at least once an hour other than over lunch). It saves a lot of driving.

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    Good to know you no longer need an armed escort

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southerndreams View Post
    Its possible to go into Kenya without Carnet,
    we did that 2011.

    A friend of us also did go in with a motor cycle,
    also without carnet.
    Excellent news!

    Thanks
    African GirlChild

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    Linda and itchyfeet - thanks for all your valuable information! We'll keep a note of it for when we reach that far north.

    At this point (because things change all the time) we are looking at going into Kenya to drive around the Lake before heading south again. So, if we can't get into Kenya, then we'll go into Tanzania and then head south (Malawi / Moz / Zim).

    But then again, we may head further north too We'll just have to see what unfolds ...

    Linda - we are passing through Livingstone after Botswana and Namibia on our way north!

    rgds
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    If you are near to Eldoret from Uganda, I would highly recommend you camp at Naiberri. it is a wonderful place and the owner is a cool dude. It is a few KM's ouside of Eldoret, and was one of the best camps I stayed at throughout my around Africa trip.
    From there, if you want to go north then Lake Baringo is a neat place in the rift valley. There is a great drive from there eastwards along a dirt track that comes out on the main road just north of Samburu NP, which is a nice small reserve.
    Proper Job Around Africa
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    Eldoret is that cheese paradise if you travel overland.
    At N0 30.817 E35 16.429 youll find a cheese factory with shop.
    Be there before 4, they are clsoing at 5,
    but will give you several cheses to taste
    (we had 20) and than cut and pack each of the chesses
    you did chose.

    Its marked on T4A.

    I also can recommand Naiberi.
    The cave like restaurant is an exciting place.
    If you arrive and want to camp,
    go on the LOWER campsite at the river,
    youll be mostly alone.

    Link to my travel report

    If you are coming to Kisumu
    thers no campsite but we found a great
    B & B the Macedonia Resort Guest House,
    at S0 06.883 E34 44.921.

    In the evening drive to Hippo Point in Dunga
    (mostly no Hippos but youngsters who meet each other)
    from there to Kiboko Resort, there youll get
    the best food of Kisumo.

    Link

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    Girl Child, let me know when you'll be coming through, we can swap more info over a cold one.

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