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Driving from Nairobi to Diani Beach using Kwale Short-cut

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Driving from Nairobi to Diani Beach using Kwale Short-cut

Hello:

Planning to drive from Nairobi to Diani Beach using the short-cut through Kwale.

Does anyone have information on the condition of the road?

How about step-by-step directions for this route?

Thanks,

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1. Re: Driving from Nairobi to Diani Beach using Kwale Short-cut

Its some years since I drove that route. The road was awful and it took hours so wasn't such a short cut after all! From memory, we turned right , before Mariakani, just after the Highway cafe. We followed the road for what seemed miles and miles before entering a small town called Kinango where we branched left (near a secondary school). Then we followed the road down past Shimba to Kwale and onto the main road turning right towards Ukunda. I would definitely not go down the "short cut" in the dark!

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2. Re: Driving from Nairobi to Diani Beach using Kwale Short-cut

Last time we've heard (around a year ago) the road was passable but rough, at some places there was not much of a road to speak of. Do remember that it is not a tarmac road but a track up until you get to Shimba.

Is there any particular reason you want to do it? I think overall you will not save time, also it is not used a lot so in case of a car breakdown you may be stuck for help.

We did it last time around 8 years ago, have not been tempted to repeat the experience since! Or perhaps we are getting older :)

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3. Re: Driving from Nairobi to Diani Beach using Kwale Short-cut

I did it last year, in both directions, from the highway at Samburu via Kinango to Kwale, largely in the dark. And then back again in daylight, from Kwale via Kinango and back onto the highway at Mariakani.

It's no problem to follow the route, whether you turn south at Samburu (no connection with the northern game reserve) or Mariakani. True, it is a bit rough in parts, but overall not bad at all. It takes around three hours to Diani Beach.

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4. Re: Driving from Nairobi to Diani Beach using Kwale Short-cut

UPDATE: friends took this road last weekend, rough in patches, overall passable. Still a track, but has been graded it seems. Did it in 2 hours from the highway to Kwale. So another 45-50 min to Diani from there.

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5. Re: Driving from Nairobi to Diani Beach using Kwale Short-cut

hi, any new updates on this route...

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6. Re: Driving from Nairobi to Diani Beach using Kwale Short-cut

you should be able to get the route off google maps

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