Nairobi to Burundi and Zimbabwe by Road
One of the emerging trends in the African travel market is that more of her people are embracing regional travel. With the financial constraints experienced by the majority, traveling by flight is not a better option. Thanks to the growing road and railway networks, travelers can now visit different countries by buses, motorcycles or trains.
Harare is a South African city which is the capital and the largest city in Zimbabwe. Kenyans and other travelers visit the city for different purposes may it be for business or exploration. This has led to the need for buses from Nairobi to Harare.
List of 10 things to do in Harare, Zimbabwe
- Mukuvisi Woodlands
- Zimbabwe National Gallery
- Zimbabwe Museum of Natural Sciences
- Chapungu Sculpture Park
- Dendera Gallery
- Balancing Rocks
- National Botanic Garden
- Harare Botanical Gardens
- First Floor Gallery Harare
- Regency Casino
On the other hand, Burundi is a landlocked African country that is part of the Eastern Africa Community. The capital and the largest city of Burundi is Bujumbura. It is the main business hub for the country and the major entry point for travelers.
List of 10 things to do in Bujumbura, Burundi
- National Museum of Gitega
- Rusizi National Park
- Kagera waterfalls
- Lake Tanganyika
- Ruvumbu National Park
- Mount Heha
- Ruzizi River
- Livingstone-Stanley Monument
- Musee Vivant
- Kibira National park
Now, going on to the question of traveling by road from Nairobi to Harare or from Nairobi to Burundi, the following are the possible means one can use.
Nairobi to Bujumbura, Burundi by buses
There are no direct buses from Nairobi to Bujumbura. But there is always a way. The best and the easiest way is to travel through Kampala and Kigali.
Modern coast bus, Mash East Africa, Simba Coach, and other Bus Companies have direct buses from Nairobi to Kampala and Kigali.
A direct bus from Nairobi to Kigali will cost you about Kshs 4000 for a distance of 25 hours.
From Rwanda, you can then take a bus from Nyabugogo Bus Terminal to Bujumbura, Burundi. This journey will take about 7 hours.
Helpful tips and information for visiting Rwanda and Burundi
The buses from Kampala arrive at Katuna border between Rwanda and Uganda early in the morning. Make sure you have the necessary travel documents and proof or an idea of where you are staying. The country is very strict with the plastic ban. Don’t attempt to pass immigration with a plastic bag as it will cause you trouble.
Rwanda uses the Rwandan Franc as her currency which is equivalent to 0.0012 US Dollar (USD= 860 RWF).
Burundi uses the Franc which is equivalent to 0.00058 US dollars (USD= 1730 BIF).
Nairobi to Harare, Zimbabwe by road
Just like the latter route, there are no direct buses from Kenya to Zimbabwe. Passengers planning to travel from Nairobi to Harare can only connect buses to get there.
The easiest way is to travel from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam to Lusaka and Lusaka to Harare. The whole trip can take you about 3 days.
Tips and useful information for Zambia and Zimbabwe
If you plan to travel from Kenya, make sure you have your money in US Dollar or in a Card. Zambia and Zimbabwe do not exchange the Kenya Shilling.
Both countries are relatively cheap and you can find affordable accommodation.
Bus travel can be tiresome. Be prepared with snacks and water as you will be seated for many hours.
Remember to carry your travel documents with you all the time.
It is easy to travel across Africa by road. There are no direct means between countries but with connections along the way, you will eventually set foot to almost all the destinations.