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Karura Forest, Nairobi

4.6
#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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  • This is an excellent place to go if you want to hike in nature for the day. It's easy to forget that you are anywhere near Nairobi. It takes a bit of time to get to from the other side of town but...  more »
  • WOW how beautiful the red clay path to this forest is. There bike trails ( you can rent bikes here) waterfalls, monkeys playing in trees, picnic areas, hiking, jogging. So beautiful and serene.  more »
  • An absolutely excellent experience in the heart of Nairobi. Easy to get to by Uber, a great watering hole at the River Cafe, excellent walks amongst the trees and wildlife. A spectacular waterfall...  more »
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  • Nothing beats working out in the heart of mother nature's finest, breathing fresh air and getting your health in check. Karura Forest is the best place to go running, biking, nature seeing and walking especially on weekends. The forest is safe for children also so it's an ideal place for a family to make memories. Bikes are rented per hour. In the forest is a waterfall that is a beautiful site to see. Also there are several caves to explore. Some parts of the forest are little hilly hence it accounts for a good terrain to work out and break some sweat. There is a beautiful garden at Karura Forest that can be used for various outdoor occasions such as weddings, birthdays and Cocktail parties. There is a restaurant -The River Café- to grab a bite or get some fresh juice if you are hungry after excruciating work out or just want to relax as you take in the nature view. The forest has a couple of gates and it's just as easy to get lost in the forest and get out of a different exit. It's okay because they will still let you out. The forest does not have dangerous animals in it although some snakes have been known to frequent the area in search for food such as rats and rabbits when there is less food where they stay and are forced to go out to seek a meal.
  • It's a cool place, adventurous, and a place you can relax and have fun.... Directions are well labeled you can't get lost even in the deep inside of the forest. Again its danger free....
  • A good place to enjoy all the possible fun activities that you can imagine like running, hiking, cycling, and football. The management has done well to maintain the integrity of the forest although encroaching is evident in some sections.
  • Great place to cycle and walk. Amazing getaway from the busy Nairobi city. You can hire bicycles there for 500kshs for two hours. Entrance fee is relatively cheap. Note: plastic bottles are not allowed in the park. You can also walk your dogs in the park. There is a restaurant nearby , River cafe.
  • Had fun with friends... Apparently, we missed out on biking. Better come earlier if you want some good bike riding.

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