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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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  • An excellent natural forest within Nairobi city. Very quiet and peaceful, Serene and Tranquil.... Water falls is a must to get that total Natural feeling and grasp what Kenya has to offer. Great for a...  more »
  • This is my favourite place to come for a long walk to clear my head when the city gets too much. I especially love the Sigiria side as it feels less crowded and small enough to allow yourself to get c...  more »
  • Great place to spend a day out esp with kids. You can go for walks in the beautiful forest or hire bicycle (they always to seem to have plenty to choose from). Every time we are in Nairobi and have ti...  more »
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