Travel Information

About Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya is an East African country famous for its wildlife safari. A visit to Nairobi is an opportunity to experience the Kenyan culture. The official languages are English and Kiswahili. The capital city is Nairobi, where the NewSpace Africa Conference will be held. Nairobi is the principal industry centre of Kenya, with its entrepreneurial business environment and safari sites. In addition, it is an established hub for business and culture; this is evident in its parks, monuments and other attractions that speak to the city’s history, tropical location and Kenya’s many cultures. 

Nairobi is home to the Kenyan Parliament Buildings and hosts thousands of Kenyan businesses and over 100 major international companies and organisations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment). Nairobi is also known for its year-long mild climate, making it an ideal spot for tourism.  

Visa

Visitors to Nairobi, Kenya, need to apply for an electronic visa from the Kenya Visa website unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries. Kenya’s eVisa system is 100% online, and applicants receive their visas before departure. Visit here to start your e-visa application. Visit here for more information on the visa requirements

Note:

  • Passport validity should be a minimum of 6 months from the intended date of arrival,
  • Additional visa processing fees apply,
  • Visa applications should be approved and issued before travel to Nairobi,
  • The average visa processing time is 3 days, and
  • The e-Visa allows entry into the country once for a tourist or business stay or up to 90 days or transit for up to 72 hours. All nationalities are eligible, except 43 who are visa-exempt.

COVID-19 Requirements: Delegates are required to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 rules laid down by the Kenyan government. Visit here to confirm requirements.

Travel

International

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, is a prominent African aviation hub and ideal gateway to East and Central Africa. It is owned and operated by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). With direct connections to Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, formerly called Embakasi Airport and Nairobi International Airport, is Kenya’s largest aviation facility and the busiest airport in East Africa. The airport is 1:30 hours away from the Villa Rosa Kempinski conference centre.

Domestic

Wilson Airport: Wilson Airport is an airport serving the capital city of Nairobi, Kenya. It is the second airport in the capital, operating primarily domestic and regional services to destinations in Eastern Africa. Wilson Airport is 38 minutes away from the Villa Rosa Kempinski conference centre.

Recommended Hotels

Villa Rosa Kempinski

Villa Rosa Kempinski

Distance to venue: 0km; Conference special code: Space
Rate
$210
Sarova Hotels and Resort

Sarova Hotels and Resort

11 minutes away from Conference venue
Rate
$130
The Concord Hotels

The Concord Hotels

Distance to venue: 14 mins/4km
Rate
$120
Radisson Blu Arboretum

Radisson Blu Arboretum

Distance to venue: 10 mins/ 3.7km Code: SPACEIN
Rate
$158
Lotos Inn and Suites

Lotos Inn and Suites

Distance to venue: 9 mins/ 2.7km
Rate
$58
Cloud Hotels and Suites

Cloud Hotels and Suites

Distance to venue: 12 mins/ 3.2 km
Rate
$80

Terms and Conditions with Partner Hotels

  • Hotel rates include complimentary Wi-Fi, TVs, tea/coffee makers, safes and Inclusive of 28% taxes* (16% VAT, 10% Service Charge and 2% Training Levy).
  • Hotel rooms are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. To guarantee a hotel reservation, a compulsory deposit covering your entire stay must be paid by bank transfer or will be charged to your credit card. Bookings will be subject to availability only at the time of reservation.
  • Hotel check-in: 14:00 hrs; check out:12:00hrs. In case of early check-in, we suggest you request to pre-book your room one night before your arrival. 
  • Changes and cancellations are subject to the terms and conditions of each of the hotels.

Exploring Nairobi

Nairobi National Park: Kenya’s first national park is home to many animal species such as elephants, lions, rhinos, zebras and many others. The park protects more than 50 of these critically endangered creatures. The Nairobi Safari Walk is a popular attraction, offering animal lovers the chance to spot wildlife on foot, and walking trails weave around the area known as Hippo Pools.

Nairobi National Museum: The National Museum in Nairobi displays diverse cultural and natural history exhibits, including more than 900 stuffed birds and mammals, fossils from Lake Turkana, ethnic displays from various Kenyan tribal groups, and exhibitions of local art. Visitors can purchase combination tickets at the museum, including entrance to the adjacent Snake Park with live specimens of Kenya’s most common reptile. In addition, you can take a long walk through the Safari paths. 

Karura Forest Reserve: One of the largest urban forests in the world, this upland forest is an ideal space to hike, enjoy picnics, watch wild animals, listen to the multi-tiered 15-metre waterfall and soak up the tranquillity Nairobi has to offer. 

Galleria Shopping Mall: The mall offers a selection of over 70 outlets of the most renowned Kenyan  brands in shopping, dining and lifestyle choices such as Carrefour, Bata, Text Book Center, Woolworths, Java, Artcaffe, Brew Bistro Tap Room, amongst others:

Village Market: The market is an extensive shopping and leisure facility. A fine blend of both Kenyan and western cultures, the market offers leisure services such as a cinema, bowling alley, waterslides, restaurants, and cafes.

Bomas of Kenya: Bomas of Kenya is a living museum celebrating the colourful tribes of Kenya. This is a great place to learn about the fascinating lifestyle, art, music, crafts, and culture of each tribe.

Panari Sky Cente: A gleaming shopping centre and hotel that houses the only solar ice skating rink in East and Central Africa. It’s a great place to unwind.

Ngong Racecourse: If you are a fan of horse racing, this is the perfect place to spend leisure time in Nairobi. Owned by the Jockey Club of Kenya, the Ngong Racecourse regularly host horse races and offers a fantastic view of the countryside. 

Maasai Ostrich Farm: This is a good spot for non-regular fun. Visitors can do everything from swimming to ostrich riding. 

GP Karting: Nairobi caters to everyone, including lovers of motorsports. There are kart racing events for young people and beginners. 

Kenyatta International Conference Centre: Kenya International Conference Centre (KICC) offers breathtaking 360-degree views from its rooftop viewing deck. It dominates the skyline with a 28-story tower overlooking a large amphitheatre. Zoom up to the rooftop viewing platform to take photos of the sprawling city below, and you can also enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants.