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Up to date advice on 4x4 Hire

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Up to date advice on 4x4 Hire

I have searched the forums and I have read some recommendations on 4x4 hire, but appreciate things change al the time.

I am planning to go to kenya mid 2012 and want to hire a good 4x4 (Toyota Landcruiser/Landrover Defender/Range Rover) – hiring from Nairobi

Can anyone recommend any companies, I have seen the following mentioned previously, but its not clear whether they are dependable.

Erikson Rover Safaris

Roving Rovers


Any advice would be appreciated.

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31. Re: Up to date advice on 4x4 Hire

I would advise you to avoid Eriksons Rover safaris as the vehicles used are exceptionally poorly maintained and unreliable. The brakes, gearbox and handbrake all failed on one of our vehicles and we had to abandon our safari with it in the Masai Mara. On the other vehicle we hired, the batteries were defective and we had to push start the vehicle in the mornings. It's handbrake was also non functional which led to interesting overnight parking arrangements! When we complained about the unsafe condition of the vehicles we were ignored and Eriksons refused to refund us the money we had paid up front for the vehicle which could not complete the safari.

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32. Re: Up to date advice on 4x4 Hire

I lived in Kenya and I advice anyone unfamiliar with the road conditions and idiotic eratic driving habits of African drivers to hire a experienced driver and make sure the car has airbags. Also make sure to bring down the tire pressure to a normal level. Kenyan's tend to over inflate tires which makes for a very bouncy ride. Then have at least one good spare tire and plenty of repair kits. Also whenever you park your car anywhere but an enclosed garage to hire a local "askari" (watchman) to guard against people puncturing tires. They do this because they'll charge a lot of money to fix it. Kenyans don't like tourists driving their own cars (it kills jobs). I've driven thousands of miles off and on roads through Kenya and Tanzania and have seen many stranded tourists begging to be driven back to the hotel after a few near death encounters. If you have a thorough understanding of Stick-Shift off and on-road driving and have no fear of morons on the road then Kenya/Africa will be the most fun adventure you'll find anywhere, specially during the rainy season!

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33. Re: Up to date advice on 4x4 Hire

4x4-kenya proved to be very unreliable.

The cars provided were old, did not have safety belts, both cars had problems starting, the camping equipement was incomplete

we cancelled the car hire after three days of trying to get everything in order. Alas we never got our money refunded

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