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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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  • Karura has lots to offer for city folk looking for peace and quiet. Besides the endless trails for walking, you can rent bicycles by the hour. Guides are available at an extra cost should you not want...  more »
  • Located north of central Nairobi and bordered by the leafy suburbs of Muthaiga, Gigiri, Runda, Ridgeways, Mathare North, Highridge and Spring Valley, Karura Forest occupies more than 1,000 HA, making ...  more »
  • Fantastic option if you look for some wild nature near Nairobi city. I walked in a plain and easy path, 2 km till a smal waterfall. There are routes marked in colours ( blue route 10km, yellow route 5...  more »

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