What travel documents/visas are needed?

Most foreign travelers need a tourist visa to visit Kenya. E-visas can be obtained through https://www.ecitizen.go.ke. A single entry visa costs USD $51. We recommend applying for your e-visa at least one week before your travel.Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required for travelers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.


What travel vaccines/medications are needed to travel to Kenya?

We recommend you check with your healthcare provider about the necessary travel vaccinations and confirm that your primary vaccinations are up to date as advised in your home country.  Vaccines usually advised:   Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus; Typhoid. Other vaccines to consider:   Cholera; Hepatitis B; Meningococcal Meningitis; Rabies; Yellow Fever. Yellow fever vaccination certificates are required for travelers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.There is no malaria in Nairobi, but if you plan to travel outside of Nairobi you may need malaria prophylaxis. See more about Malaria and Yellow Fever transmission areas in Kenya here.


How safe is it to travel around Nairobi?

Like any big city, we advise travelers to be cautious about their safety and property. Nairobi is generally considered safe, although petty theft is common and muggings do occur, especially in low income areas. After dark, it is advisable to take a car/taxi and avoid walking outside. It is advisable that you keep a close eye on your bags when at restaurants and cafes, for example by securing bags to your leg or chair.


Where can I stay?

There are many accommodation options in and around Nairobi’s Upper Hill area, where the Strathmore Business School is located. For a map and a few options see here. Airbnb is also widely used in Nairobi.


How do I get to the airport, to my hotel and to the conference?

For most travelers, cars/taxis will be the most convenient way of getting around Nairobi and particularly to/from the airport. Uber operates all over Nairobi (including the airport). Additionally, taxis and airport pickups can be arranged with one of the many taxi companies operating in Nairobi. See e.g. Swedken or Quickbird Tours.


Can I bring my children?

Yes. We will be providing childcare at Strathmore Business School during the conference. Please let us know if you will require day care.


Can I attend part, but not all, of the conference?

Yes, you are welcome to attend all or part of the conference. Kindly let us know which days you are attending at seedec2016@busaracenter.org.


What does it cost to attend?

The conference is free to attend, but we kindly ask participants to consider donating a small amount to help cover attendance costs. The average donation is 38 USD and helps cover the cost of food/drinks for one person. With a larger donation, you can help support current students who are attending the conference, but are unable to make donations on their budget. Register and donate here.


What is the weather like in July in Nairobi?

July is the dry, cold season in Nairobi with average temperatures of around 16°C. Afternoons tend to get a bit warmer with average high temperatures of about 21°C. At night the temperature drops to around 10°C.


Are there any specific items I should pack?

Most items can be easily purchased at one of Nairobi’s large malls. Imported items tend to be a bit more expensive than things produced locally, so you may want to keep this in mind when packing. This includes clothing and with evenings in July getting a bit colder (with temperatures of around 10°C at night) we would recommend bringing a jumper and/or jacket.


What are some good things to see and do while in Nairobi?

Nairobi has a ton of things to see and do and is the perfect base for exploring the wealth of tourist activities that Kenya has to offer. We highly recommend a trip to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Center, both located in the Karen area approximately 15 km from Nairobi city center. Nairobi National Park is also easily accessed for a half to full day safari. Nairobi also has a lots of amazing bars, cafes and restaurants to try while you’re in town. To sample some great food from all over the continent, try the Pan-African restaurant Le Palanka. The plantains are especially good. We also like the Ethiopian restaurant Habesha which has a nice, laid-back atmosphere and yummy food in a great outdoor space. For a delicious and healthy lunch, try the salads and crepes at the Tin Roof café in Karen (perhaps after visiting the elephant orphanage). Other great places to try include Talisman Restaurant, Graze Restaurant and the rooftop bar The Nest.  See more restaurants and reviews here.


Who can I contact with questions?

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about the conference, Nairobi or anything else! Please email us at seedec2016@busaracenter.org with any questions you might have.