There is never a bad time for visiting East Africa as every season has its own advantages. To make it even better, you will be able to get around East Africa cheaply if you make proper arrangements and choose your destinations wisely. Whether you want to hire a car, use a bus, train or even travel by air, you have the freedom to make your choice!

Here are some of the factors you need to consider when choosing the best means of transport when getting around in East Africa:

1. Cost

There are various means of transport to choose from and each of them will cost differently. You need to choose a transport means that will not overstretch your budget and one that will allow you to carry your luggage comfortably. If you plan to visit different destinations within a short time, the most convenient means for you would be air transport. 

2. Convenience

There are some means of transport that will cost less but will cause a lot of inconveniences when getting around East Africa. One of these is railway transport as it is quite slow and you’d take ages to move from one place to the other. You need to settle on a means of transport that will not cause unnecessary delays or even fail to get you to your destination. 

3. Availability

It is important to note that East Africa is made up of different countries. Though most of the transport means are available in all countries, there are countries where there are fewer means of transport. For instance, Uganda is a landlocked country and you can, therefore, not use water transport to get there. You’ll need to make inquiries so that you can settle on a means that is available for your destination.

4. Safety

When choosing a means of transport, never forget that your safety comes first. You need to choose a transport means where you are assured of getting to your destination without getting into any ugly incidents or accidents. Air transport is considered the safest where you and your valuables will be safe and sound to and from your travels.

Air Transport

All the countries in East Africa have an airport and this means you can travel by air to any destination. The organization in charge of aviation ensures that wherever you travel by air, you will be safe and will arrive on time.

Road Transport

All East African countries have a reliable road network and it will be possible to cross borders using a car. You can choose to use public means of transport for your travels, hire a taxi or even rent a car. If you’ll be driving, you need to ensure that you have all your papers in order in case you encounter the law enforcement authorities along the way. You also need to ensure that your car is insured before embarking on your journey.

Sea Transport

You can also choose to travel by sea where you can pass through ports such as Mombasa, Dar Es Salaam, Mtwapa, and Tanga. 

Whichever means of transport you use for your travels, you can rest assured that you’ll have the best experience.