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Karura Forest, Nairobi

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#3 of 61 in Nature in Kenya
Explore caves and waterfalls in lush urban greenery at Karura Forest, Nairobi's flagship preserve and a getaway from the bustling capital. Spanning 564 hectares (1,394 acres), this scenic forest interlaced with rivers features a bamboo grove and marshlands sheltering colobus monkeys, galagos, bushpigs, porcupines, and dik diks amidst shrubs and croton trees. Explore 50 km (31 mi) of well-maintained nature trails, with views of African olive trees and Uganda greenheart. See caves used by the Mau Mau rebels in their epic independence struggle against the British Empire. There is also a memorial to the 2013 terrorist attack and an old chimney incinerator used to destroy decommissioned banknotes. Use our Nairobi trip builder site to add Karura Forest and other attractions to your Nairobi vacation plans.
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  • a must visit for nature lovers its quiet peaceful untouched,green space thats priceless and not far from the city & very friendly park rangers  more »
  • Karura forest offers a lot of activities such as cycling,walking, picnics etc. I however love to walk and karura has been my go to for the longest time. It is easily accessible and the trails are easy...  more »
  • a great experience.but dont go in the rainy season!! cycling n walking both good. signposting could be much better  more »
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