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“More than Just a Walk in the Park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oloolua Nature Trail

Oloolua Nature Trail
Karen Road, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #31 of 89 things to do in Nairobi
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews
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“More than Just a Walk in the Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Breathtaking is an understatement! Simply, no word can describe this place. It has all the elements of a fantasy such as a 20 foot waterfall, a picnic site overlooking a river, a cave, a swamp and dense vegetation that you almost have to walk on your hands and feet.

It is not crowded, you practically feel like you are alone in the middle of a forest. There are several camping sites, all with tapped water and long drop toilets. You bring your food, tents and cooking facilities.

You can spend a whole day here. Getting lost makes it all the more interesting. Thank God they haven't stuffed the paths with sign boards so it is natural and adventurous. But you need company to enjoy the moments by the waterfall, the river...It is an exciting place to visit with family, a group or with a spouse. Kids will obviously get tired, but you can stop anywhere and catch your breathe. I came across visitors walking their pets, others jogging alone. Don't forget to carry a camera, a good pair of walking shoes, snacks, water and a hat. You might also need a change of clothes in case you get wet taking photos too close to the waterfall or the river, plus the cave is muddy as you delve deeper.

Visited January 2014
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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“A Great Place To Cool Off”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The Oloolua Nature trail is a great place to cool off especially after a tough week at work. The environment quiet is refreshing, a sharp contrast of the Nairobi CBD. The nature trails is located within Oloolua forest and are well maintained with bits of hanging vegetation that make it even more interesting to traverse. With River Mbagathi cutting across the Oloolua forest, sounds of running water can be heard from different parts of the forest. The forest is large enough to accommodate loads of people at the same time without crowding. At the time of visit I happened to come across couples, church groups, and company holding a bush party deep in the forest. The forest has a relatively good road network that has been reinforced with building blocks. As I left in the evening I passed people who live in the neighborhood adjacent to the forest and regularly jog in the forest and sometimes taking dog walks. Had a great time at Oloolua

Visited July 2013
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Cape Town
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“Great day out to clean your lungs :)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The Oloolua Nature Reserve is great - just down the road from Karen Blixen Museum (literally). We went with a large group of people and had a wonderful time. It's amazing that one can get lost in the beauty of these forests whilst actually just being a few kilometres away from the chaos that is Nairobi.

The trials are not marked clearly (that's the only reason why it did not get 5 out of 5, so it's good to take a guide with you if you are unfamiliar with the trail. There are a couple of picnic sites around (and loos), which makes it stand out over Karura in that respect.

Visited June 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“the place is awesome couldnt have been better.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

The caves,the waterfall and the picnic area waz very nice with adequet water with clean toilet.The guide who escorted us around was very knowlegdeable and gave us a lot of information that was required.

Visited January 2013
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“Oloolua Nature trail a beautiful safari for birding”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

The beautiful terrain and its good for bird lovers. I witnessed various types of birds and i would recommend this as an ornithological site for birders.

Visited September 2012
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