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The Namanga Border Post is the Gateway between Tanzania and Kenya.
There are several Shuttle bus services that depart twice daily Nairobi to Arusha/Moshi and Arusha/Moshi to Nairobi.

Tanzania Safari
Kenya Safari

The timetables for the five hour [ish] shuttle bus from Kenya - to Tanzania - Kenya are printed bellow; if you wish to be dropped off at Nairobi International Airport you must arrange this in advance. The driver will guide all passages through immigration at the Namanger boarder post.

Passengers Traveling to Moshi for Kilimanjaro climbs will have a short delay in Arusha.

Prices are negotiable [unless you travel in high season] and negotiations should be a polite good humored, never show irritation and be prepared to talk a lot.

Daily Departures Time Arrive Time
Nairobi Parkside Hotel
8h30
Arusha Mount Meru Hotel
13h30
Nairobi Parkside Hotel
14h00
Arusha Mount Meru Hotel
19h30
Arusha Mount Meru Hotel
14h30
Moshi Town
16h00
Arusha Mount Meru Hotel
8h30
Nairobi Parkside Hotel
13h30
Arusha Mount Meru Hotel
13h30
Nairobi Parkside Hotel
19h30

Prices Fluctuate and can be Negotiable
Riverside Shuttle US$ 25
Devanu Shuttle US$ 25
Bobbies Shuttle US$ 25
Arusha to Moshi Town extra US$10

Don't take any pictures of buildings nor people in uniforms at the border - you could have your camera confiscated or be arrested.
If a hawker offers you any curios as a gift, you will still be expected to pay for it.
Departure Taxes. apply to airports and harbours, not land borders and are usually incorporated in the price of your ticket.

Luggage generally the allowance two pieces of luggage and a carry on bag. You may be expected to pay for extra luggage.

THE TRIP
Shuttles leave from both Arusha and Nairobi at 08h00 hours and 14h00 hours each day.The time spent at Namanga can depend on the number of people on the bus and how strict customs and immigration officials are. The whole trip can take about five to six hours.

THE BUS
There are several companies, Riverside, Bobbies and Devanu are probably the most convenient they all leave from the Parkside hotel in Nairobi and the Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha; usually 25 seater Coaster buses. They will drop passengers off at main hotels in the city centers but it is always best to make these arrangements with the driver before you set off.
WHAT YOU PASS
The route between Arusha and Nairobi has some interesting villages along the way. There is a possibility of seeing some wild animals. If there has been rain then the green lush african bush is interesting to watch, if it is dry everything tends to be a bit brown and beige.

THE BORDER
You cross between Kenya and Tanzania at the Namanga Border. Remember you are in a foreign country and be polite and relax and enjoy the experience. As with all Government Officials sometimes they are not always the politest people in the world. However, I must say I have never had a bad experience with Immigration at the Namanga border and in fact always found them to be helpful on both sides of the border.

The driver will explain what to do and where to go; just follow the others on the bus who will have done the crossing many times.

IMMIGRATION
Three month Visa: - Visa are obtainable at the border crossing and airports. Remember to have the correct money ready in US Dollars (cash!).

Transit Visa: - If you arrive in Kenya to travel to Tanzania only a Transit Visa for a couple of days can be issued at a price of US$20 per transit.

Check you visa stamps to ensure the correct dates are entered.

Always get receipts for anything you are required to pay i.e. visas.

Ensure the number of days/weeks allowed to stay on your passport's visa stamp agree with the time you expect to remain in Tanzania or Kenya.

 

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