Due to inadequate parking space at the UN headquarters, all vehicles of delegates attending the UN-IGF will be parked at the neighboring Kenya Technical Teachers College (KTTC). Delegates should identify themselves with their badges.
USEFUL INFORMATION ON ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT
1. EXCHANGE OF FOREIGN CURRENCY: The local currency is Kenya shillings. The prevailing exchange rates are apply according to the fluctuations in the market. Indicatively, the exchange of the Kenya Shilling to one (1USD) as at 24.09.2011 was Ksh. 98.75. Many foreign exchange bureaus are available in town and should accept major international currencies. However, should you require local currency for immediate use, there is an exchange bureau right at the arrival gates ( near gate 5). Black market exchange of money is not advised.
2. TAXI COSTS/RATES FROM THE JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JKIA) TO HOTELS
For the security and comfort of delegates, the airport reception team will guide delegates to credible taxis with the rates pre-negotiated as follows:
Companies applicable are:
b) Jambo Taxis
c) JKIA Airport Taxis (1)
d) JKIA Airport Taxis (2)
Rates applicable are as follows:
JKIA to City Centre Hotels: Ksh. 1,700 or 20 USD ( Panari, Ole Sereni, HillPark, Silversprings, Crown Plaza, Heron Court, Crown Plaza, Serena, Hilton, Comfort, Six Eight, Laico, Sarova, Nairobi Safari Club, Intercontinental, Fairmont)
JKIA to Westlands Hotels: Ksh. 2,000 or 25 USD (Jacaranda, Sankara, SoutherSun)
JKIA to Windsor, Safari Park and Tribe Hotels: Ksh. 2,800 or 30 USD
3. AIRPORT HOSPITALITY DESK FOR IGF DELEGATES
There is a desk set up for the reception and assistance of delegates attending the IGF meeting. The assistants will also be available at the gates with pagers to help identify IGF guests. Delegates are advised to seek help from the designated assistants at the desk located at the arrivals/luggage lobby are. The desk has signage showing IGF .
TRANSPORT.We drive on the left in Kenya and most cars are right hand drive.
Delegates will be responsible for their own transport from the airport upon arrival to their chosen hotels but transport will be provided for delegates from the recommended hotels to the conference venue at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, UN Complex Gigiri and back to the hotels during the conference days. For bus schedule to and fro the designated hotels, click here
Delegates staying in hotels other than the designated ones are requested to identify designated hotels close to theirs and take the bus/van serving the given hotel to and from the conference.
For transport to and from the airport during the conference, it is recommended that delegates use taxis which are available at the airport and in designated areas of the city and are identifiable by either a yellow color with a black circle bearing a number in white, a yellow line cutting across the body of the vehicle or stickers bearing company or taxi association name. The taxis are reliable and charge based on distance. Negotiate the price before embarking on the journey to avoid any misunderstandings.
The transport system is operated by private companies and individuals using buses and minibuses of various carrying capacities. They do not observe any particular time schedules but are generally available to various destinations on a continuous basis throughout the day from the early hours up to late in the night. The destinations are identified by both name and numbers.
The public transport vehicles commonly called MATATUs may vary their charges depending on the time of the day or circumstances that they may deem sufficient to vary their charges. All passengers in private or public vehicles are required by law to fasten their seatbelts at all times while in a moving vehicle. Random checks by the authorities are carried out and those found without seat belts are instantly arrested and taken to court. Whereas the fines may not be steep, the process is painful and extremely inconveniencing.
Tour Guide Companies
Find links to various tour guide companies below:
Kenya enjoys a pleasant tropical climate and the average temperatures in September should be around 10°C - 24°C.
GMT +3 hours
Currency, banks and credit cards
The unit of currency is the Kenya Shilling, divided into 100 cents. The indicative exchange rate, as of 20th September 2011, is
1USD = Ksh. 95