How to get around Mandera
Backpacking is one of the best ways to get around Mandera. Matatus which are operated by local Sacco’s are the most common in the area serving local towns and villages. Self-driving is also a good option in this region if it’s not your first time; distances between the towns and sights are relatively short and there are plenty of places to stop for petrol, lunches or take a break. Other means of travel include available in most towns in the region, car rentals and boda bodas which essentially is the best way to get around inaccessible areas, other than walking.
For those who love flying and looking to get to the county in the fastest way possible, there is an airstrip in Mandera that handles aircrafts from Wilson Airport in Nairobi. There are no regular flights to this region however, therefore one can only fly using a private helicopter & choppers.
The easiest way to get to Mandera is by boarding a bus from Nairobi which travels for about 400 km on gravel road and 200 km on earth surface. Travelling by road gives you a chance to have a great adventure with a view of towns and majestic landscapes along the road. The county government is working to develop roads leading to the county for easy and comfortable travels for the local and tourists too. If you are coming from the western Kenya circuit rough road runs north from the market centre of Kitale to Lodwar on the west side of Lake Turkana, and from there you head east on to the Garissa, Wajir and Mandera.