Attendee Guide

Explore our A-Z comprehensive guide for RubyConf Africa 2024. We keep this information current, so anticipate updates as the event draws nearer. Last updated on May 15th, 2024.

Travel Authorisations

Travelling to Kenya for Ruby Conf Africa 2024
There are no visa requirements for any traveller visiting Kenya however you must complete your Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) at least 2 weeks prior to travel to Kenya to avoid inconveniences.
The eTA fee is USD 32.50 per traveller, plus bank and processing fees.
All foreign visitors must apply for an eTA unless they are holders of valid Kenya Permanent Residence, Work Permits and Passes.
Passport holders from the following EAC countries are exempted from applying to an eTA: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Important Note: The eTA application collects biographic information and answers to eligibility questions from the traveller. Applications are usually processed within 3 days, but in some cases it may take longer. We recommend applying for your eTA 2 weeks prior to travel. You can submit your application up to 3 months prior to travel.
We highly recommend that you apply as soon as you have booked your accommodation and transport tickets.
Applications are made through the official Kenyan Electronic Travel Authority website: eTA Kenya.
Currently, a Yellow Fever Certificate is required and in some cases, a COVID-19 certificate will be needed
Please refer to these Incoming Travellers requirements for further details.
Please have the following documents ready before starting your application.
  • Valid passport for at least six (6) months after your planned date of arrival into Kenya, with at least one blank page
  • Recent passport picture OR a selfie picture taken during application process.
  • Contact details (home address, telephone, email).
  • Travel information and flight itinerary (arrival flight number, date of departure of initial flight in case of connecting flights)
  • Proof of booking for the hotel you will be staying at (if staying with friends, a letter of invitation is accepted)
  • Credit/Debit card information for payment, if applicable.
  • Conference invitation or participation letter
To obtain the conference invitation or participation letter fill out the conference letter request form to provide you with the letter.
Based on your country of residence and citizenship the following may also be required:
  • This could include financial assets / bank letter(s).

Guide For Travelling Speakers!

Please note that, unfortunately, we are unable to cover travel or accommodation expenses for speakers. Therefore, you will need to make your own arrangements for flights and hotels. We understand that this information is crucial for planning your trip, and we find it important to communicate this clearly.

Hotel Recommendations

We have curated a selection of top-rated hotels, all within close proximity to our venue. Catering to various preferences and budgets, these options ensure convenience and comfort during your stay. For any inquiries, please write to us at

Tourist Attractions in Kenya: A Guide for International Speakers & Guests

  • Nairobi National Park: Witness lions, zebras, giraffes, and rhinos just a short drive from Nairobi's city centre. Take a game drive or bike through the park for a thrilling safari experience.
  • Giraffe Centre: Get up close and personal with endangered Rothschild's giraffes at this non-profit sanctuary. You can even feed these gentle giants!
  • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: Visit the orphanage and learn about the Trust's efforts to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned elephants. Witness heartwarming scenes of elephant calves being cared for.
  • Nairobi National Museum: Immerse yourself in Kenya's rich history and culture through exhibits on human evolution, wildlife, and traditional artifacts.
  • Karen Blixen Museum: Step back in time and explore the home of Danish author Karen Blixen, made famous by the book and film "Out of Africa."
  • Bomas of Kenya: Experience traditional Kenyan culture through dance performances, demonstrations of daily life, and authentic homesteads representing various ethnic groups.
  • Uhuru Park: Relax in Nairobi's largest park, offering a lake, boat rides, monuments, and a chance to mingle with locals.
For a truly unforgettable adventure, consider venturing beyond Nairobi:
  • Maasai Mara National Reserve: Witness the awe-inspiring wildebeest migration and witness the diverse wildlife this reserve is famous for.
  • Amboseli National Park: Marvel at herds of elephants against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak
  • Lake Nakuru National Park: See a spectacular concentration of flamingos along with rhinos, lions, and other wildlife.
  • Karura Forest: Hike or bike through this expansive indigenous forest, a welcome escape from the city.
  • Ngong Hills: Hike or take a zipline adventure on these scenic hills overlooking the Great Rift Valley.
  • Shopping: Explore Nairobi's vibrant markets like the Maasai Market for souvenirs and local crafts. Upscale malls like The Village Market and Two Rivers Mall offer a variety of shops and restaurants.
Remember, this is just a starting point! Kenya has a wealth of other attractions to discover. Be sure to consult with your travel agent or do further research online to find experiences that suit your interests and time constraints.

Enjoy your time in Kenya!