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Hello,

 

I'm looking into a possible self-drive trip to Tanzania in June this year and wondered if anyone could recommend a good vehicle rental company in Arusha who could also supply camping equipment? We haven't booked flights yet, so another option is to collect the vehicle in Nairobi and drive down, so recommendations for rental companies there would also be useful. (From research so far, it looks like some companies allow you to take the vehicle outside Kenya but some don't).

Also, any general advice regarding vehicle rental would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks.

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luangwablondes

Erikson Rover Safaris www.roversafari.com Nakuru They just sent me some information on their company rentals. They will deliver and drop off free a vehicle to Nairobi if rented for more then 5 days. Cost 14000 ksh one way, Arusha-Nanyuki. They have a couple RTTs that can be rented. One of the few that offer this. Allow cross border. Land Rover diesels and petrol Range Rovers. Unlimited Kms. self drive allowed. They can make reservations and assist with planning. Included is 12v cooler box. No sat phone, no cell phone- there is good coverage in a lot of East Africa, and no gpsr rental. I recommend the Tracks4Africa digital maps that go with map capable Garmins. There was a huge effort recently by www.mapaproject.org to map the conservation areas in Kenya and Southern Africa. This will show up in April upgrade.

 

East Africa rentals are much different from what they rent in Southern Africa. And if you get anything comparable, the prices aren't.

 

Otherwise- http://www.freewebs.com/luangwablondes/hiringa4x4.htm

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Thanks for the replies so far. We have already had some discussion with Erikson, as well as Fortes in Arusha.

From the safaridrive website, it looks like they organise the entire itinerary for you, but we're keen to do this ourselves and keep it as flexible as possible.

Any advice on good questions to ask the rental companies, or anything we should be wary of?

 

Thanks again.

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  • 2 years later...

Are you planning on camping or using lodges?

 

I'm planning a trip the same time and might go down this same route.

 

Camping sounds so wild! Not scared you'll get awoken by a Mr Hungry Lion? :lol:

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Game Warden

Tarzan, did you see the original post date?

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lol

 

Nothing like being resurrected from the dead!! :P

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Well, at least let's grab the opportunity to note how difficult it is to get a car with electrical fridge in Kenya and Tanzania. Even though there are many companies that will rent camping vehicles and equipment, there are very few that will provide an electrical fridge. They mostly have this abomination that is called "cooler box".

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