According to local history the name of town comes from a slave trader called Chief Kivoi, who settled near the Voi River about 400 years ago. Before colonization, the village served as trading center for the local Taita people and other Kenyan tribes and Arabs. The town started to grow at the end of the 19th century when the Uganda Railway was constructed. People started to move in to work on the railway and the nearby sisal estates. However, township status was not granted until 1932.
Voi is a marketplace for the agricultural and meat products from the fertile Taita Hills as well as other surrounding areas.
- 1 Voi Train Station. This station is the junction of the feeder railway line to Taveta, Kenya and Arusha, Tanzania with the main line between Nairobi and Mombasa.
Voi is served by the Ikanga Air Strip.
Taxis can be found in the town center. Fares are negotiated, not regulated.
- Red Elephant Bistro, Mombasa Road, Voi, Kenya, ☏ .
- Afrika Lodges - Voi Lodge, Mombasa Road, Voi, Kenya, ☏ .
- The Joy Guest House, ☏ .