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Karura Forest, Nairobi

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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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  • The Karura Forest offers some nice hiking trails and the forest provides a good refuge from urban life. Many of the trees are introduced exotics, however, and there are not many attractions other than...  more »
  • I have visited this beautiful forest many times over the years. It's a favourite among locals who want to get away from the Nairobi traffic jams and experience some peace and quiet. Great for walking,...  more »
  • I love the forest, it's beautiful. Has very beautiful fields for parties or any open field event. If you love nature, Karura Forest is the place.  more »

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