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Old October 10th, 2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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[EAK] Kenya | road infrastructure • Barabara za Kenya



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Old October 11th, 2009, 12:55 AM   #2
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Hmm, nice roads! Not surprised, but always nice to see an African nation with good roads.
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Old October 11th, 2009, 01:08 AM   #3
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Kenya seems to have one of the better road networks, especially within middle Africa. (compared to nations like Somalia, Central African Republic and Democratic Republic Congo which have no road network at all).
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Old October 11th, 2009, 01:26 AM   #4
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It's odd to see yellow lines down the middle of the road when the signs appear to follow British standards.
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Old October 11th, 2009, 11:03 PM   #5
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It appears that South Africa is the model country, at least in terms of signage, to all sub-Saharan African countries.
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Old October 11th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #6
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But, as I said, Kenyan road signs are based on British standards. And, because of South Africa's diplomatic isolation during the apartheid era, most African countries would not have chosen to follow its standards before 1994.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 07:39 PM   #7
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I stand corrected. I'm just not used to seeing green (primary route) signs in Britain, as I didn't spot any while I was in Scotland

I still wonder, though, where did Kenya get the yellow centre lines from.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 08:32 PM   #8
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well this is funny, I have driven (well not myself) on these roads in the summer of 2006!

What i remember is that general road quality is bad, except around nairobi and som funded roads (EU/US/JAPAN)

The main roads (to major city) though, are usually paved, but if you get of the main roads, you start to get sandy roads, which can end up being a 100m wide, as some parts get a) to sandy to drive on b) the tire tracks are grinded in to deep (rail forming) c) there is something big on the road

Even though, i think Kenya has one of the better road networks in africa, but maybe Tanzania has better roads, this is also what our guide told us
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Old October 13th, 2009, 05:41 PM   #9
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Some of those pictures show the A104 and A2 roads, which form part of the legendary unfinished Cape to Cairo route. It looks like a much nicer drive than the southern end of it during rush hour, too.

I know this is a bit of a crazy dream, but for a while now I've longed to see a freeway between Cape Town and Nairobi - since they are already linked by sealed road, it seems a freeway would be the next step. As far as I'm aware, there are no countries along the route that currently have any freeways at all except South Africa, though.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 11:03 PM   #10
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Is it possible to drive from Cairo to Cape Town anyway? Or do you really need a jeep?
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Old October 13th, 2009, 11:52 PM   #11
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Is it possible to drive from Cairo to Cape Town anyway? Or do you really need a jeep?
You would need a good 4x4, Cape Town to Kenya would be easy (I have done it the other way by bus) but Sudan is huge and has terrible roads and is difficult to drive through. If only Livingstones dream of a rail link was completed, would be an incredible route.
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Is it possible to drive from Cairo to Cape Town anyway? Or do you really need a jeep?
As Stainless said, it's fine from Cape Town into Kenya (I've never done it personally but apparently there is a sealed road link), but once you get north of Nairobi you have a lot of unsealed or badly formed roads through northern Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan, and it isn't possible to cross the Sudan/Egypt border by road; you need to take a vehicular ferry I think. So it'd be quite a trek.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 12:11 PM   #13
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How does the best road lead to Nairobi from Cape Town? I take it roads may be okay until Zambia or Zimbabwe, but how about DR Congo, Malawi, Mozambique or Tanzania? I guess the east coast route via Mozambique and Tanzania would be the best option?
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The signs are exactly the same as in Britain!
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Tanzania has great roads,, Even better then Kenya..
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Old October 14th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #16
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Kenya's network is based on A,B anc C roads like in UK and Australia. Is ABC defined by road quality or by national/regional setup or something else?

If defined by road quality, how does Kenya distinguish A from B from C?
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How does the best road lead to Nairobi from Cape Town? I take it roads may be okay until Zambia or Zimbabwe, but how about DR Congo, Malawi, Mozambique or Tanzania? I guess the east coast route via Mozambique and Tanzania would be the best option?
It's mostly the southern half of Trans-African Highway 4, which follows the N1, N12 and N18 in South Africa, then through Botswana into Zimbabwe. It then turns north to Zambia, and from Lusaka it goes east, through the western part of Tanzania, finally becoming the A104 in Kenya. In Tanzania, though, the official route of TAH 4 is actually gravel for a while, although there is a paved alternative.

For more detail, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo-Cape_Town_Highway

Here is a map of the highway:

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Old October 25th, 2009, 10:46 PM   #18
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Old October 26th, 2009, 02:49 PM   #19
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as I know road to Sudan is now paved, and to Ethiopia is improved also.

but Sudan would be a real trouble
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Old October 29th, 2009, 12:43 AM   #20
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Is it possible to drive from Cairo to Cape Town anyway? Or do you really need a jeep?
Those guys have done the way shown on the map...:


Using this:

(Yes, it's Fiat Panda)

...so everything is possible

Although indeed the Nubian Desert was crossed by train. They tried to do the whole way on the wheels but it just couldn't be done.

Nevertheless, you can look at the pretty pictures: http://picasaweb.google.pl/Autopodro...utopodroznicy# and enough with the offtopic
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