The Ultimate Guide to Events, Venues & Conferencing in Nairobi

Best Conference venues in Nairobi

conference facilities in Nairobi1.Safari park hotel casino –>>Reason: One of the largest & the most popular households for international conferences in Africa. Has over 20 conference and meeting facilities.

2. Radisson Blu->> Reason: The hotel has the most prestigious conference facilities in Nairobi that are dynamic in nature. It’s a fairly new property with 12 conference facilities offering international standards

3. Golden Tulip Westlands ->>Reason: The hotel is conveniently located along Muthithi Road in Westlands. Its uniqueness comes from great managerial skills exhibited with the impeccable understanding of modern trends in hospitality. 

4. KICC ->> Reason: An incomparable landmark in Nairobi City Center that hosts the most highly profiled international events and conferences. Established in 1969, the 30-storey building is the epitome of Kenya’s MICE tourism.

5. Hotel Intercontinental ->> Reason: Was voted as the leading business hotel in Nairobi during the world travel awards in 2015. This hotel is undeniably excelling in conference tourism year after year.

Here you can explore the full list of  all events and Meeting rooms in Nairobi.

Budget conference facilities in Nairobi

  • Qaribu InnQaribu Inn Hotel, Westlands – A 3-star budget hotel in Westlands, Nairobi offering conferencing facilities that can accommodate up to 80 pax with some of the most pocket-friendly prices.
  • Leleshwa Inn– Another uniquely positioned 3-star hotel which just a 15 minutes’ drive from JKIA (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport) off Namanga road. If you are working on a small budget for your property, this hotel could be a great start.
  • Kingdom Gardens Guest House– A peaceful and serene environment that is alcohol and smoking free zone. This property is located in Muthaiga and its conference facilities can accommodate up to 40 pax.
  • CHAK Guest House & Conference Centre – Located in the New Lavington Area of Nairobi, CHAK Guest House & Conference Centre has 3 Conference Halls and 2 Breakaway Rooms.

The best websites to find and book event venues & conference venues in Nairobi

  • Conference.place – This is a Kenyan unique online platform hosting, event venues, meeting rooms & conference facilities in all over across Kenya. The platform has over 300 venues available from Kenya! The advantage is that it gives you the cheapest rates and an array of choices of well-researched conference facilities. It also provides you with tips on how to get most out of your meetings.
  • Cvent.com – Basically Cvent Inc. is a publicly held software-as-a-service company that specializes in meetings management technology. Cvent is a global brand and it focuses more on event management, web surveys, email marketing as well as a global event venue directory. They have quite a few listings for Nairobi and Mombasa but they are worth checking out for great deals.
  • Meetingsbooker.com – This is another global brand that works with venues across 134 countries. If you are hosting a very large conference, they allow you to state your requirements and let the companies bid online so as to provide you with the best possible deals. However, in Kenya, they only deal with Nairobi and coastal region for now.

How to find upcoming events in Nairobi

upcoming events in KenyaWhether you live in Nairobi, or you are just a visitor, finding the best upcoming events can get really hard. Essentially, you only find a few which may not be interesting enough. But we have simplified your search into three common sources.

  • Apps– Use the Turn-app events app to discover some of the hottest events that are curated from different sources. Their idea is to get the most choices to choose from not only in Nairobi but all over the country as well.
  • Websites – Our most recommended website is a global site that allows people to even buy tickets for the events they are interested in. The site is called Eventsbrite.com Just head out to their website and click browse events, it will automatically detect your location and generate all the upcoming events based on relevancy which you can also control.
  • Social media– Last but not least is the social media channels and most importantly, Facebook. If you are on facebook you might have come across the events sections where anyone can create and promote their events and this is where you can also find some events that you may be interested in.

Business trip in Nairobi 

What to pack for your business travel to Nairobi

Here are the most important items you may need;

  • business trip to kenyaThe TripIt app– It will help you to instantly create a schedule with all your travel details in one place.
  • Meeting essentials– This includes writing materials, business cards, and breath mints
  • Electronic gadgets – These includes your laptop, tablet, a flash drive, headphones well as the power chords or an adapter kit altogether.
  • Clothing and related accessories – Be sure to check the weather first. Consider black outfitting to simplify your trip. Don’t forget the sleepwear too.
  • For international travelers, don’t forget the travel documentsVisas and passports and be sure to have scanned copies of driver’s license, passports, credit cards and also don’t forget some cash too.
  • Health amenities –This is only if you need any, like painkillers or anti-malaria tablets.

Getting to Nairobi by Air

Nairobi is served by Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which is approximately 13km southeast of the town center using the Mombasa Highway and also served by Wilson Airport which is close to the Nairobi National Park. Major carriers include Kenya Airways, KLM, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss International Air Lines and Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian, Egypt Air and Etihad Airways. For the domestic traveler’s one can book their scheduled domestic flights to and from Nairobi with services provided by Air Kenya, Kenya Airways, African Safari Airway, Fly540 and Jambo jets.

Getting to Nairobi by road

Getting to Nairobi by road is easier when using buses and matatus. However, Nairobi can also be accessed through the use of car rentals too. The bus services are mostly reliable when crossing the borders from the neighboring countries like Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania. Matatus and Shuttles are however faster than the buses, therefore, making it convenient to travel to and from different cities and towns in every corner of Kenya.

Getting around Nairobi

Nairobi CBD is bounded by Uhuru Highway to the west, Nairobi River to the north and east and the railway to the south. Major hotels, business centers, and government offices are centered within the city. If you prefer an authentic Local experience little cabs taxi should be your best choice and if you prefer to travel with Uber, then they are available as long you have the uber app. You can also use the boda-bodas (motorbikes) within the city which are way cheaper and convenient when avoiding the jam. Booking for accomodation in Nairobi

Booking for accommodation in Nairobi

If you haven’t already booked a hotel, here are the best booking services for Nairobi Accommodation.

Travel.jumia.com – For all kinds of Hotels in Nairobi; budget, luxury, business or budget hotels.

Airbnb.com –  If you prefer a much private experience, book with Airbnb which is also cheaper.

Booking.com – A very popular global brand that operates with many hotels across the world including Nairobi

Places to visit while in Nairobi

Place to visit while in NairobiAll work and no play make tom a dull boy. So after a tiring business meeting, you may decide to do a little leisure tours within Nairobi, here are some of the best activities from the most exotic places to visit while in Nairobi.

Nairobi National Park -The one and only wildlife capital of the world.
Giraffe Centre – Located in Karen, this a place where you can feed the giraffes or eat with them.
Karen Blixen Museum-This was home to a Danish author Karen Blixen who is celebrated for her famous book; “Out of Africa”
Bomas of Kenya– An amazing overview into some of the unique cultures in Kenya represented by the respective tribes.
Ngong Hills – Go hiking at Ngong Hills is about 22km southwest of the city.
Uhuru Gardens– Visit Kenya’s largest Memorial park and discover the story behind Kenya’s struggle for independence.
Nairobi Arboretum– A quiet place to think or have a meaningful conversation with a close friend.
Nairobi National Museum – A place to learn about the Kenya’s history, its people, culture, and art.
Jamia Mosque– Built in the 1900s, this mosque is one of Kenya’s most prominent religious structures and the most important mosque in the country
Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family– Built in the 1960s, this church remains to be one of the biggest churches in Nairobi with a capacity 4000 pax.

 More places to visit in Nairobi

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