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Karura Forest Reserve

Limuru Road | Mageso Chember, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #3 of 43 attractions in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests
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Nairobi, Kenya
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great place to have a good 15km walk or run..peaceful with all that fresh air from the tall trees around..great dog walk place too or a picnic place at the grounds.do not visit butterfly lake(no butterflies there,rather stagnant water)-enjoy the freshest air and go during weekend for more fun!

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Dublin, Ireland
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251 reviews 251 reviews
91 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This forest was under threat from developers barely a few years ago, and its great to see that real efforts are being made to protect it, because its a haven of green salvation in the middle of Nairobi chaos. Signposting is not ideal - luckily I was with someone who knew the way, otherwise it could have been really confusing.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We were dropped off there and later picked up by our taxi driver. The walk through the forest was fresh and beautiful. We saw people carrying firewood bundles on their heads that reminded me of a travel mag photo or National Geographic. The waterfalls were beautiful and the hike back was nice. The trails are clear and wide and marked... More

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London
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73 reviews 73 reviews
29 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Top tip - buy (500s) / take a photo of the map - the sign posts are numbered and clear, but the path color routes are difficult to follow. What a find - this is a great place for a walk just outside the centre of Nairobi. The paths are easy to walk down and are suitable for walking, running... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Its unbelievable to have such a fabulous forest in the middle of Nairobi. Dr Wangari Maathai did a great job to ensure the preservation of this great wonder.

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Cape Town
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Wow, what a sanctuary. Who knew that you can be in the middle of Nairobi and feel like you're in the middle of the Knysna forest (back home in South Africa). No cars! No hooting horns! The fact that non-residents are charged different rates (and that they want to sell you maps for KES500... so I just downloaded one on... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

The serenity environment was a breath taking. The beauty and sound from the forest habitats kept us guessing.oh!

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New York, NY
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3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Karura Forest is a nice place to take a walk in Nairobi - and one of the few places to do so. Even on the weekends it's not too crowded. Just wish there were a few more nice picnic spots. Highly recommended.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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95 reviews 95 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Karura is a beautiful forest just a stone's throw away from the hustle bustle of Nairobi. It's a great place to picnic and do a 2-4 hour hike depending on which trail you choose. Watch out though if you're going just after a rain. The trail washes out and gets pretty muddy!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Totally Agee with previous positive comments, this park is a special place and well worth a visit! It is more forest than jungle. Print out a map on line as signage in the park is helpful but could be a wee better. Agree, if it has rained hold off a day or two. The walk along the water falls is... More

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