Buses from Nairobi to Harare and Burundi

Nairobi to Burundi and Zimbabwe by Road

One of the emerging trends in the African travel market is that more of her people are embracing regional travel. With the financial constraints experienced by the majority, traveling by flight is not a better option. Thanks to the growing road and railway networks, travelers can now visit different countries by buses, motorcycles or trains.

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Harare is a South African city which is the capital and the largest city in Zimbabwe. Kenyans and other travelers visit the city for different purposes may it be for business or exploration. This has led to the need for buses from Nairobi to Harare.

List of 10 things to do in Harare, Zimbabwe

  • Mukuvisi Woodlands
  • Zimbabwe National Gallery
  • Zimbabwe Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Chapungu Sculpture Park
  • Dendera Gallery
  • Balancing Rocks
  • National Botanic Garden
  • Harare Botanical Gardens
  • First Floor Gallery Harare
  • Regency Casino

On the other hand, Burundi is a landlocked African country that is part of the Eastern Africa Community.  The capital and the largest city of Burundi is Bujumbura. It is the main business hub for the country and the major entry point for travelers.

List of 10 things to do in Bujumbura, Burundi

  • National Museum of Gitega
  • Rusizi National Park
  • Kagera waterfalls
  • Lake Tanganyika
  • Ruvumbu National Park
  • Mount Heha
  • Ruzizi River
  • Livingstone-Stanley Monument
  • Musee Vivant
  • Kibira National park

Now, going on to the question of traveling by road from Nairobi to Harare or from Nairobi to Burundi, the following are the possible means one can use.

Nairobi to Bujumbura, Burundi by buses

Buses from Nairobi to Burundi and Harare Zimbabwe Mash East Africa

There are no direct buses from Nairobi to Bujumbura. But there is always a way. The best and the easiest way is to travel through Kampala and Kigali.

Modern coast bus, Mash East Africa, Simba Coach, and other Bus Companies have direct buses from Nairobi to Kampala and Kigali.

A direct bus from Nairobi to Kigali will cost you about Kshs 4000 for a distance of 25 hours.

From Rwanda, you can then take a bus from Nyabugogo Bus Terminal to Bujumbura, Burundi. This journey will take about 7 hours.

Helpful tips and information for visiting Rwanda and Burundi

The buses from Kampala arrive at Katuna border between Rwanda and Uganda early in the morning. Make sure you have the necessary travel documents and proof or an idea of where you are staying. The country is very strict with the plastic ban. Don’t attempt to pass immigration with a plastic bag as it will cause you trouble.

Rwanda uses the Rwandan Franc as her currency which is equivalent to 0.0012 US Dollar (USD= 860 RWF).

Burundi uses the Franc which is equivalent to 0.00058 US dollars (USD= 1730 BIF).

Nairobi to Harare, Zimbabwe by road

Buses from Nairobi to Harare and Burundi Juldan Motors Bus Services

Just like the latter route, there are no direct buses from Kenya to Zimbabwe. Passengers planning to travel from Nairobi to Harare can only connect buses to get there.

The easiest way is to travel from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam to Lusaka and Lusaka to Harare. The whole trip can take you about 3 days.

Tips and useful information for Zambia and Zimbabwe

If you plan to travel from Kenya, make sure you have your money in US Dollar or in a Card. Zambia and Zimbabwe do not exchange the Kenya Shilling.

Both countries are relatively cheap and you can find affordable accommodation.

Bus travel can be tiresome. Be prepared with snacks and water as you will be seated for many hours.

Remember to carry your travel documents with you all the time.

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It is easy to travel across Africa by road. There are no direct means between countries but with connections along the way, you will eventually set foot to almost all the destinations.

Travel safe.



I’m looking forward to travel from Harare to Kigali obviously via Nairobi. I’m Zimbabwean, do I need a Kenyan visa passing through.


I missed, I plan to travel from Kampala to Lilongwe in December 2021. This will be depend on COVID situation


No Zimbabwen don’t need visa in kenya

Gaolapelwe Matsetse-Mpete

I need a travel partner. In December 2019 I will be travelling from Botswana to Zambia, Lusaka then Dar, Tanzania.

How much would it cost by road or rail.Is there a train from Lusaka to Dar, Tanzania??


Am also longing to tour Zimbabwe I need company


Am soon going to Zimbabwe dear Celestine. Am here in Kampala processing passport…


hi there,im looking for a travelling partner to Zambezi river this year.does any of you know a group that is going there by road or anyone interested?

Omondi Benson



Hello. Thank you for the detailed information. How can I travel from Bujumbura to Harare?


Hi Kevin,

I haven’t used that route but I believe it is possible.

The most practical route would be to go Inside Tanzania from the North all the Way to Lusaka Via Tunduma/Nakonde and then Lusaka to Harare.

If you don’t mind spending on the Congo Visa, you can travel to Lumbumbashi, then to Ndola to Lusaka and Finally to Harare.

I think the best way would to first get to Bujumbura and then figure the rest from there.


Vincent Musiko

This is very helpful I want travel by bus from Nairobi to harare. Which bus should u take. Am a Kenyan do I need a visa for Tanzania and zambia


How easy someone can travel by bus from Nairobi to Zimbabwe and the person had lost his passport in Kenya


how many days can l take to go to nairobi from harare


4 days minimum by bus.

Nairobi – Dar: 15 Hours
Dar – Lusaka: 30 Hours
Lusaka – Harare: ? Hours


What’s the best way to exchange money if am travelling from Nairobi to Harare?


Where u able to travel?

Ednah mapondera

Hie how much to travel from harare to nairobi by bus


I was in Harare last month, there is now a direct bus from there to Dar es Salaam with the company Taqwa. So only one change for Kenyans wanting to go there !


So how can I get that Taqwa bus service from Nairobi to dar and then from dar Saleem to

Nkuuhe Douglas

Good evening Thomas, i want to visit Harare (JG international Ministries). I would like to know how much it can cost me from Uganda (Kampala) to Zimbabwe by bus. Which bus company can take me.
Thanks very much


I saw a bus that goes from Namayiba Bus Park (Kampala) to Harare but didn’t get the details. Visit the park and learn more.

The other way would be to use the Nairobi-Dar es Salaam-Lusaka-Harare route as outlined in this page.


How much was the ride?

timothy mburu

hi how much will it cost me from nairobi to bujumbura by bus


About Kshs 6000 on average. There is no direct bus from Nairobi o you will do Nairobi to Kigali and then Kigali to Bujumbura


Hi I would like to send a package from Nairobi to Harare apart from air do we have bus service doing the same???


There is no direct bus. The only way is to use connections as outlined on the post.

Henry Mwaniki Wakimiri

Hey in touch,coz I wanna travel the opposite direction


How much is it from Nairobi -Harare


Hello, thanks for the information. I want to travel from Harare to Nairobi. Do you know what the prices of the buses are? Thank you


Hi Robyn, I am not sure about the return prices but it should cost you about $150 to get to Nairobi. You can use Harare-Lusaka Lusaka-Dar and Dar-Nairobi Route. Check with individual bus services fro Prices.


Thank you

mr king simon

hello what or which documents do i need to have for me to visit zimbabwe and stay for atlist 2months and where do i get them


You don’t need a Visa for 3 Months stay in Zimbabwe (If you are a Kenyan Citizen).

You, however, need other documents like a Valid Passport & Yellow Fever Vaccine card.

You also need to have a reason as to why you are visiting, accommodation and Money to support yourself during the stay.

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