Free ASAA Shuttle Bus Schedule

24th October, 2019

KSMS (USIU Bus)

·         Leave hotel at 7:00

·         Pick up at USIU at 20:30

Luke (USIU Bus)

·         Leave hotel at 7:30

·         Pick up at USIU at 20:30

Kasarani Sports View (USIU Bus)

·         Leave hotel at 8:00

·         Pick up at USIU at 20:30

Safaripark Hotel (Safaripark Van)

·         Leave hotel at 8:00

·         Pick up at USIU at 20:30

City lodge (City Lodge Van)

  • Leave hotel at 7:45
  • Pick up at USIU at 20:30

Windsor Hotel (USIU Van)

  • Leave hotel at 8:00
  • Pick up at USIU at 20:30

25th October, 2019

KSMS (USIU Bus)

·         Leave hotel at 7:00

·         Pick up at USIU at 19:00

Luke (USIU Bus)

·         Leave hotel at 7:30

·         Pick up at USIU at 19:00

Kasarani Sports View (USIU Bus)

·         Leave hotel at 8:00

·         Pick up at USIU at 19:00

Safaripark (Safaripark Van)

·         Leave hotel at 8:00

·         Pick up at USIU at 19:00

City lodge

  • Leave hotel at 7:45
  • Pick up at USIU at 19:00

Windsor Hotel

  • Leave hotel at 8:00
  • Pick up at USIU at 19:00

26th October, 2019

KSMS (USIU Bus)

·         Leave hotel at 7:00

·         Pick up at USIU at 19:00

Luke (USIU Bus)

·         Leave hotel at 7:30

·         Pick up at USIU at 19:00

Kasarani Sports View (USIU Bus)

·         Leave hotel at 8:00

·         Pick up at USIU at 19:00

Safaripark (Safaripark Van)

·         Leave hotel at 8:00

·         Pick up at USIU at 19:00

City lodge (city lodge van)

  • Leave hotel at 7:45
  • Pick up at USIU at 19:00

Windsor Hotel (USIU Bus)

  • Leave hotel at 8:00
  • Pick up at USIU at 19:00

Note: 26th Gala dinner participants picked at Safaripark hotel at 22:00 to Kasarani Sports View, KSMS, Luke hotel, City lodge and Windsor

ASAA 2019 Logistics Note

This note contains some practical information to assist in your preparations for the conference. Download this information as a PDF here.

Airport transfers

Participants 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.

Other 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.

Visa

All 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

Discounted 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 ASAA 2019.

Venue

The 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/

Please consult the conference programme (https://asaa2019.sched.com/) for the venues of all pre-conference workshops.

Programme

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 most up-to-the-minute 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: https://sched.com/support/section/guide-for-attendees/.

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

The 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.

Audio Visual & Internet

There 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.

Meals

For those who have not pre-paid for lunch, the campus has three eating options for the university community and visitors:

  1. University cafeteria – food ranges from USD 1 for a basic meal to USD 10 for a buffet meal.
  2. Cafellatta for snacks and drinks ranging from USD 2 – USD 5
  3. Java coffee house – Food ranges from USD 4 – USD 15

Security and Safety at USIU–Africa

The 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.

The 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

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.

THINGS TO NOTE

Health Requirements

No 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).

Mobile

SIM 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.

Electricity

The standard voltage is 220V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Currency

The 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.

We 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.

Weather

Nairobi 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.

Contact Information

Ms. Emma Gituku, Conference Organizer, +254 (0) 722 700 887

Ms. Susan Muchai, USIU Conference Secretariat, +254 (0) 722 212 573

THINGS TO DO IN NAIROBI

While in Nairobi, plan to spend some time experiencing life in a cosmopolitan African city and discover the diversity and excitement Nairobi has to offer.

Shopping Malls

Closest 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.

Thirty minutes from USIU-Africa is the entertainment heart of Nairobi in the Westlands. Here we find the Westgate Mall, and the Sarit Centre – Kenya’s oldest mall. Westlands is a bustling satellite city under reconstruction, with designated walking spaces and teaming with night-life hotspots.

The Maasai 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.

Nature and conservation

Tour/hiking companies include Hike Maniak (http://hikemaniak.com) and Green Ranger Safaris for those interested in going for tours around Kenya and they plan to have one for the National Park. If interested, get in touch with Cyrus at info@greenrangersafaris.com or via website (http://www.greenrangersafaris.com/).

Karura Forest

If 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.

The 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 Belgian embassies.

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 entrance).

Nairobi National Park

The 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 Nairobi’s skyscrapers in the background. There are also designated picnic sites within the park. Don’t miss this chance.

If 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.

David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

The 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.

AFEW Giraffe Centre

A 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!

Museums

Get 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.

For 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.

The 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 Kenya.

You can also visit some of Nairobi’s libraries including Ukombozi Library and McMillan Library which is under restoration by Book Bunk.

Where to Eat

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 USIU.

Mama 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.

Get 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.

Habesha 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 culinary persuasions.

Nairobi 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 Memphis Bar.

For more to do in Nairobi and Kenya, visit: https://2019conference.as-aa.org/things-to-do-in-kenya/