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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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  • Fabulous breath of fresh air in the city but take note of the colour of your trail before leaving the car park as there are no reminders on the marker posts let alone a map. And don't attempt little K...  more »
  • I went around the middle of the day on a Monday and the park was almost empty. So I got to enjoy a very peaceful and quiet stroll through the Forrest. Absolutely beautiful and sooo green. It’s any nat...  more »
  • Karura forest is a natural forest within the city limits of nairobi. There are two main entry points-one from Kiambu road and other from Limuru road. Additionally there are also two other entrances to...  more »
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