Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa

Welcome to Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa!

On this page you will find:

  • An updated version of the course schedule
  • Links to the GSMC and HKS learning management systems
  • Emergency contact information
  • Information about Nairobi
  • Recommendations for accommodation and transport
  • Location of the Graduate School of Media and Communications campus

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Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to “the place of cool waters”. However, it is popularly known as the “Green City in the Sun”.

Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East

Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. With an estimated population of 4 million, Nairobi occupies 684 square kilometres and is currently the 13th largest city in Africa.

Now one of the most prominent cities in Africa both politically and financially, Nairobi is an established hub for business and culture and is home to many companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa.

One of a kind in the world, Nairobi city is bordered by the Nairobi National park which contains many animals including lions and giraffes and is home to over 400 species of birds. The Nairobi safari walk is a major attraction to the park as it offers a rare on-foot experience of the animals.

Indulge your taste buds
Nairobi is home to a lot of cuisines, the restaurants offer a selection of world class African, Mediterranean, European Oriental and cuisines. Nyama choma is an exciting eating experience and an integral part of Kenyan culture, best eaten outdoors.

Being a cosmopolitan and multicultural city, Nairobi has activities to cater for all tastes. There are places of worship for numerous religions, museums, parks and picnic sites, bird sanctuaries, cinemas and theatres, art galleries, night clubs, live band concerts, sports facilities and numerous restaurants.

All participants in the Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa will be responsible for making arrangements for their own accommodation while in Nairobi.

Suggested Accommodation

Serena Hotel
Price (single room, per night) – 235USD

Mayfair Hotel
Price (single room, per night) – 225USD
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Pride Inn Hotel Lantana
Price (single room, per night) – 100USD
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Royal Apartment
Price (single room, per night) – 65USD

Jacaranda Hotel
Price (single room, per night) – 150USD
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Oasis Executive Suites
Price (single room, per night) – 115USD
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Fenesi Gardens Apartments
Price (single room, per night) – 120USD
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All participants in the Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa will be responsible for making arranging their own transportation while in Nairobi.

AKU / AKUH NUMBERS Security Control Room   +254 711 092 222

+254 732 102 222

+254 20 366 2222
Emergency Room (ER)   +254 735 984 792
Fire Safety Department  

 +254 20 366 2447/2713


Travel & Housing Department




+ 254 733 224 509

+245 736 500 116

+254 731 982 552
Transport Department  



+ 254 733 600 477

+254 733 121 326 
LOCAL POLICE NUMBERS  Parklands Police   +254 721 364 999 
+254 726 985 539
 Gigiri police   +254 721 363 999
Police HQ Hotline   +254 733 153 155
+254 726 035 455
OTHER HOSPITAL NUMBERS  Nairobi Hospital   +254 733 639 301
+254 733 639 302
 Mater Hospital   +254 733 666 002
 Kenyatta National Hospital   +254 733 606 400
 MP Shah Hospital   +254 20 374 2763
+254 20 274 2985
AMBULANCE SERVICES  E Plus (Red Cross)   +254 700 395 395
 St John’s Ambulance   +254 721 225 285
 Avenue  Healthcare Ambulance   +254 732 175 175


 KK Fire Services    

+254 730622622

+254 709955622


  • Do not drink water from the tap; only drink bottled water.
  • Avoid fruit that you have not peeled yourself.
  • Avoid salads and raw fresh vegetables that have not been peeled, unless
  • you are in a restaurant that you can trust to rinse the food properly.


  • When you walk anywhere, carry only what you need and be aware of snatch and grab situations.
  • Never wear items of value, such as watches or other jewelry or anything you can’t bear to lose.
  • Don’t go out with more money that you need, and keep the money that you do need split up in many places on your body.
  • Do not walk alone at night.
  • In cars, keep your cellphone and handbag out of reach of someone walking by the car – or keep the window rolled up.
  • Always use a recommended taxi driver or company.