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Building on the success of our inaugural 2016 summit, the second Trade+Impact Summit and Trade Expo is convening in Nairobi, Kenya with the "best of the best" social enterprises from across Africa + The Middle East in the craft + natural cosmetics sectors.

 
 

Currency & Exchange Rates

  • The official currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Schilling (KES). USD is often accepted at hotels and sometimes at other tourist areas

  • We highly recommend that you change money at the airport upon arrival, however, there is a currency exchange office at Safari Park Hotel

  • ATMs dispensing KES are widely available across Kenya, please review your  bank's policy regarding withdrawing money from another country before leaving the country

  • M-PESA is a mobile-phone based electronic funds transfer service that is widely accepted across Kena. To use M-Pesa, you must have a phone number with the East African telecomm network, Safaricom

  • Travellers who import the equivalent of US$5,000 or more must provide documentation stating the source and purpose of the funds

  • Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted at most major shops in the city of Nairobi, although Visa is most commonly accepted. Not all shops accept credit cards so make sure to withdraw enough money from your local bank or from an ATM, which are present around the city centre including all major hotels

Weather

  • The average temperature in Nairobi ranges from around 20°C/68°F and 28°C/82°F

  • At the time of the Summit and Trade Expo in September, expect an average daily temperature of about 28°C/82°F in the day and 21°C/70°F at night

Transportation

  • When travelling to or from international airports in Nairobi, please use transportation organized by reputable tour companies or well-marked taxis
  • Since there are so many attractions that are close together in Nairobi's city centre, taking a walking tour is a great option to experience the city while doing some shopping and sampling food options along the way
  • If you are travelling alone or by car, take caution by traffic lights, especially at night
  • Uber is a great option for anyone looking to travel privately around the city of Nairobi
  • To use Uber in Nairobi, please create an account here
  • If you already have an Uber account from another region, you will not have to make any changes to your account to use Uber in Nairobi. Your Uber account will work in Nairobi under the condition that you have either an internet connection or cellular data. To avoid roaming costs, try calling Uber rides using airport or hotel wifi connections

Visa/Entry Requirements

  • We highly recommend that you apply for your visa at least 4 weeks before travelling to Kenya
  • To obtain your visa, either visit the nearest Kenyan High Commission in your country or apply for an eVisa here
  • Citizens of the following countries need to have a visa prior to arrival in Kenya:

    • Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan and Yemen

  • Nationals of the following countries do not need visas to travel to Kenya:
    • Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei-Darussalam, Burundi, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • If your country is not listed in either of the two lists above, single entry visas can be obtained at the Airport (or any entry point) upon arrival for US$50

  • The cost of Kenyan visas are as follows:

    • Single Entry Visa= US$50

    • Multiple Journey Visa=US$100

  • To ensure your entry into Kenya, please have your proof of yellow fever vaccination with you at all times. This must be dated at least 10 days prior to the date of entry into Kenya

  • Please make sure that you have a valid passport that will be valid at least 6 months from your date of arrival to Kenya, and with at least 2 free pages

  • Each country may have their own specific entry requirements, please review before attempting to travel to Kenya

Customs/Tradition

  • The most common greeting in Kenya is the handshake

  • When greeting someone of higher status (to show respect) grasp your right wrist with your left hand while shaking their right hand

  • The most common greeting is the term ‘Jambo’ loosely translating to phrase ‘how are you?’ in English

  • Kenya has a booming music industry combining traditional styles with international influences to create a wholly unique and beautiful product that you are bound to love

  • Check out some more traditional music such as Kikyuy mugithi music or Luhya ohangla

  • Into more contemporary styles of music? Check out  the Lingala and benga beat rhythms that fill the airwaves

Language

  • Kenya has two official languages: English and Swahili

  • Although Swahili is commonly used between Kenyans in Nairobi, you can communicate and access all essential services in English in Nairobi

Cultural Sensitivities

  • It is considered impolite to rush greetings, building personal relationships is very important throughout Kenya

  • It is generally considered rude to be too direct with someone in conversation if it will shame either party

Food & Alcohol

  • Nairobi has a great selection of international restaurants, with some fantastic Indian and Middle Eastern options. Finding vegetarian and vegan food is becoming more common in Nairobi

  • The following traditional food is commonly found around Kenya:

    • Nyama choma – barbecued meat often served with a spicy tomato dish

    • Ugali – maize meal porridge (a main staple) often eaten with a meaty stew known as supu

    • Mandazi – Fried savoury dough ball with a similar constitution to a doughnut

    • Kachumbari – spicy tomato relish served with meat

    • Tilapia – Freshwater fish often grilled whole

    • Sukuma Wiki – Spinach-like leaf often served boiled as a side dish or in a stew with meat

    • Biryani – Spicy rice-based stew

    • Matoke – cooked banana with a constitution similar to boiled potatoes

  • Alcohol is widely available around Nairobi in restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and designated liquor stores

Points of Interest

Laws

  • Please note that the use, manufacture or importation of plastic bags, including garbage and shopping bags, is illegal

  • Police have the right to demand to view your proof of residency, valid visas and any personal identification at any time. Please keep these documents safe with you at all times

  • Possession of ivory or other banned wildlife items, even if purchases outside of Kenya is illegal

  • Photography of government buildings, foreign embassies and missions, airports, military facilities or other sensitive locations is prohibited and may lead to arrest

Useful Contacts

  • The Kenya Tourism Federation operates a 24-hour Safety and Communication Centre, which provides information on tourism and road conditions, and has information about regional assistance in the unlikely event of an emergency.

  • In the unlikely event that you require the assistance of emergency services while in Kenya (ambulance, fire services etc.), please use the 24-hour Kenyan emergency hotline by dialing 999 (+254 999 from international phone numbers)

 
 
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+ Social enterprises from across Africa + Middle  East in craft + natural cosmetics
+ Top Global and Regional Buyers
+ Social Impact Investors
+ Service Providers and Sector Experts
+ Government Representatives

 

join us from 24-29 sEPT 2018, in kenya! 

We're thrilled to announce the next venue for the T+I Summit + Trade Expo as The Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

Safari Park Hotel and Casino is a luxury hotel surrounded by 50 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, located 15 minutes from the Nairobi City Centre and promising an oasis of calmness and serenity.

All our guest rooms are wonderfully furnished with an African taste and enjoy natural light with rear and front private balconies overlooking the beautiful gardens. Guests enjoy modern facilities such as electronic safes, Internet connectivity, minibars, satellite TVs and 24-hour room service. The hotel’s five specialty restaurants offer the finest dining in Nairobi.

Preferred hotel rates will be available to participants in January 2018.

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 
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