are responsible for their own airport transfers, unless their hotels offer this
service and it has been booked in advance. Upon arrival (outside of baggage
claim), there are several kiosks that can organize a transfer for you.
options for airport transfers include taxi hailing apps such as Bolt, Little
Cab and Uber. Persons visiting Kenya are advised to download such ride hailing
apps before arrival to access these taxis.
international visitors to Kenya will require a visa to enter, except those
listed as exempt here. Please carry with you a
printed copy of your formal invitation letter.
accommodation has been negotiated with a number of hotels around the conference
venue. The list can be accessed here: https://2019conference.as-aa.org/accommodations/
To access the discounted rates, please use the code USIU ASAA2019.
conference will be held at the United States International University-Africa
campus. The United States International University, Africa (USIU-Africa) is a
private, independent, nonprofit University located 12 kilometers from the
business center of Nairobi, Kenya. It is located in Kasarani Area, off Thika
road (Exit7). More information on the university can be found on its website: https://www.usiu.ac.ke/
This year we are using Sched to power our online programme
schedule. Sched allows you to save a custom agenda and will also give you the
schedule of events. You can access your personal agenda online, in the mobile
app, print it out, or sync it to your calendar. Learn how to save sessions here:
Presenters can also log
in to customize your profile with a bio and photo. If you are a presenter, you have
access to upload your presentation file to your session(s) and edit your
session description(s). Find the guides to do this here: https://sched.com/support/section/speaker-tools/
We will also have printed programme brochures
available at the registration desk but we HIGHLY encourage you to use the
online programme in order to ensure you have the most updated version.
registration and information desk for delegates will be located in the foyer
outside of the University Auditorium. It will be open on Wednesday the 23rd
from 9 AM – 5 PM and from 8 AM 5 PM on Thursday and 8 AM 10 AM on Friday
and Saturday. All delegates will be required to register.
Visual & Internet
will be LCD projector screens available in each syndicate room for those
intending to make PowerPoint presentations. If you plan to make a PowerPoint
presentation, bring your presentation on a USB thumb drive and arrive to your presentation
room 10 minutes before the start of the session.
There may not be reliable
WiFi at the airport so please download what you need ahead of time. Purchase a
SIM at the airport in order to use a ride hailing app if necessary. There will
be WiFi on campus with details shared on the day of. Most hotels in Nairobi
also have WiFi.
those who have not pre-paid for lunch, the campus has three eating options for
the university community and visitors:
University cafeteria –
food ranges from USD 1 for a basic meal to USD 10 for a buffet meal.
Cafellatta for snacks and
drinks ranging from USD 2 USD 5
Java coffee house – Food
ranges from USD 4 USD 15
Security and Safety at
University has a fully-fledged Security department. The department is charged
with the responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of the entire
University community both within the University and the areas around it.
Security personnel are well trained to provide security services and are on
duty 24 hours a day.
Security department also continually disseminates information regarding the
security situation both within and outside the university. Participants are
advised to wear their badges throughout the conference period and provide the
same for gate clearance.
Health Services at USIU-Africa
has a Health Center that will provide first aid for participants if need arises
and refer participants to nearby hospitals for any emergencies.
vaccination is required to enter Kenya’s territory. However, travelers arriving
from countries where yellow fever is endemic are strongly advised to carry a valid
vaccination card (yellow card).
card providers are available at all airports, and they cost from three to five
US Dollars. Safaricom is the most widely used and is best known for the
world-renown mobile money service, M-Pesa. You will need to show your original
passport in order to register for a SIM card. Other possible telcos to use
include Airtel and Telkom.
standard voltage is 220V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
official currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES). In January 2019, the approximate
exchange rate is: 1 USD = 103.663, KES 1 EUR = 114.110 KES.
do not recommend coming with traveler’s cheques as they can be very difficult
to exchange. The best option is to withdraw in Kenyan shillings from an ATM.
There are ATMs widely available around the city, including at the airport and at
the conference venue. International credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard
are generally accepted. American Express is less commonly accepted.
has a warm, temperate climate year-round. Temperatures in October average 26°F
during the day and 14°F at night. The weather in Nairobi is expected to be warm
with some rains. Please bring a light jacket and umbrella.
Emma Gituku, Conference Organizer, +254 (0) 722 700 887
in Nairobi, plan to spend some time experiencing life in a cosmopolitan African
city and discover the diversity and excitement Nairobi has to offer.
to USIU-Africa is Thika Road Mall (TRM) which is less than 1 km away. There is
also the Garden City Mall complex, a cross between a mall and residential
development. It is one of Kenya’s largest malls and has a unique development
model that uses natural light and solar power to reduce its burden on the
national electricity grid. About a ten-minute drive from USIU-Africa, Garden
City hosts multiple international and local fashion, automotive, and house-ware
shops, as well as multiple eateries.
minutes from USIU-Africa is the entertainment heart of Nairobi in the
Westlands. Here we find the Westgate Mall, and the Sarit Centre Kenyas
oldest mall. Westlands is a bustling satellite city under reconstruction, with
designated walking spaces and teaming with night-life hotspots.
market is on in USIU for all the days during the conference. On Wednesday,
there will be a Maasai Market at TRM. There is also a Maasai Market in Westlands, as
well as in various different localities for those looking to purchase memorable
Kenyan indigenous crafts.
The most convenient way
to move outside of the conference venue is by taxi. Try to time your travels so
that you are not stuck in Nairobi’s infamous traffic. You can check local
crowdsourcing platform, @Ma3Route on twitter or app download to get information
on traffic situation in the city before you leave.
you are a nature enthusiast, Nairobi has Karura forest, an urban forest about
15 minutes drive from USIU-Africa. Karura forest is associated with the late
Professor Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace laureate, for her efforts to
protect, restore and preserve the environment.
forest serves as the lungs and water catchment of Nairobi. At Karura forest,
you can enjoy walking or jogging through marked trails, tree planting, bird
watching, a picnic, mountain biking, horse riding and tennis. An Uber ride will
cost you about USD 4-7 from USIU-Africa. Plan to experience Karura forest,
located close to the diplomatic district and neighbours to the Canadian and
You will need to use a taxi
to get to Karura. Ask to be dropped at River Café inside the park (saving you
from walking along a very dusty car path) and grab a coffee or bite to eat
before walking around the forest. You can also request to be picked by the taxi
from inside the park (without having to walk all the way down to the main
city of Nairobi is the world’s only city with a game park within the city
boundaries. It will be an unforgettable adventure to tour the Nairobi National
Park, and take in monkeys, the endangered black rhino, hyenas, lions,
wildebeest, giraffes, zebras and over 400 bird species with Nairobis
skyscrapers in the background. There are also designated picnic sites within the
park. Dont miss this chance.
you are strapped for time, make a quick stop at the Nairobi Safari Walk instead
and watch large predators like lions and cheetahs from elevated walkways.
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is a good place to start, if you are an
animal conservation enthusiast. The elephant orphanage is located within the
neighbourhood of the Nairobi National Park, about 13kms from USIU-Africa. Its
focus is on the conservation, protection and preservation of wildlife. Visit, see,
and touch orphaned elephants that have been rescued and living in a protected
environment until they are ready to be reintegrated into the wild.
few kilometres from Nairobi National Park, is The Giraffe Centre. The centre
was established in 1979 as a sanctuary in the wild for giraffes. The giraffe
centre is the place to go if you want to feed a giraffe or have breakfast with
one sticking its head in through the window. If you feel adventurous, you might
even let one kiss you!
a sample of Kenya’s cultural, historical, nature and contemporary art heritage
at the Nairobi National Museum, just a short distance from the Central Business
District (CBD). The museum features exhibitions ranging from the Turkana Boy
a Homo erectus skeleton that was discovered in Turkana, in the north of Kenya
to an informative display about the pre-colonial history of Kenya.
a more detailed account of government and civil operations in Kenya, visit the
Kenya National Archives in the heart of Nairobi CBD along Moi Avenue. It
contains a repository of some of the country’s most valuable public and private
documents, as well as audio-visual records of Kenya’s history.
Nairobi Gallery in the CBD houses the private art collection of Kenya’s second
vice president, Joseph Murumbi, and other Pan-African artefacts. It is a small colonial building that was once
the Provincial Commissioner’s office and was often referred to as hatches,
matches and dispatches because it housed records of births, marriages, and
deaths. It now holds one of the most valuable private historical collections in
You can also visit some
of Nairobi’s libraries including Ukombozi Library and McMillan Library which is
under restoration by Book Bunk.
Be sure to check out Kenyan local food places like Ranalo foods in Nairobi
CBD for incredible fish and traditional ugali (staple food for many Kenyan
ethnicities and made of amaranth). There are also local neighbourhood nyama
choma (roasted goat meat) places like Kenyan favourite, Rafikis next to
Ashanti, Le Palanka and Mummydada’s restaurants all serve West-African cuisine.
They are located in Lavington, about 20kms from USIU-Africa and are all within
5 minutes of each other. Find a group of friends and take a ride down to one of
the three (or all of them) and have a discussion about who really has the best
Jollof Ghana or Nigeria. You can find them all on Google maps.
a taste of Kenyan game at Carnivore Restaurant in Langata, 20kms from the
conference venue. Tear into the “Beast of the Feast” menu which features legs
of lamb and pork, cuts of beef, spareribs, chicken, ostrich, camel and even
crocodile tail, all roasted on an open flame and accompanied with a host of
salads and starches. The feeding frenzy only ends after overfed guests drop the
white flags atop each table.
Restaurant in Kilimani, about 20kms from USIU-Africa, is renowned for its
Ethiopian menu. Transport yourself from one of Nairobi’s busiest residential
areas to the hilly plateaus of Ethiopia with every bite of injera a tangy
flatbread and numerous meat and vegetable options that will satisfy all
is teeming with world-class eateries specialising in cuisine from all over the
world and a throbbing nightlife. Pan-Asian fare, French restaurants,
steakhouses, and sea-food restaurants, as well as fast food joints can be found
all over the city and its suburbs.
For those interested in clubs, nearby there is one next to USIU called