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Karura Forest, Nairobi

4.7
#2 of 289 in Outdoors in Nairobi
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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  • My recent three-hour Karura Forest evening walk with my daughter who was vising from Vancouver, Canada was enjoyable and very refreshing thanks to the tireless efforts of the late Prof Wangari Maathai...  more »
  • The best family recreation place in Nairobi. Karura forest offers well marked jogging paths 5KM, 10KM, 20KM. It offers walking as well as bicycle hire service. In the forest you can see mau mau caves.  more »
  • I love visiting this place for a walk. It's peaceful, quiet and smells so...natural. Definitely check it out and you may fall in love with it like I have.  more »
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