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“Truly Lovely, Tranquil, If Not Exciting, Place, Well Worth a Visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Karura Forest

Karura Forest
| Muthaiga, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 20 2020285
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Ranked #4 of 89 things to do in Nairobi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Truly Lovely, Tranquil, If Not Exciting, Place, Well Worth a Visit”
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 especially lush and the sound of the water lovely. The walk down to the Mau Mau caves has steps and is fairly easy. Park had a nice mix of Kenyans and Europeans. Felt quite safe. Not sure little kids will enjoy it but teens who are into Eco-systems, conservation, nature certainly should. Now, not exciting. But that's not why I went. Overall, a lovely time! Paid KSH 600 as a non-resident. I entered along the excellent road in front of the Warwick Center next to the US Embassy. Do take water bottles and snacks. Allow at least two hours,more realistically three.

Visited May 2013
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“Beautiful - extremely muddy during rainy season”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We spent several hours walking thru Karura Forest in early April - the big rainy season. We should have known better - all of us are in our 50s!!!! We were semi-prepared.

It's a beautiful walk, and there is good signage. You need to bring your own water to drink.

We had reasonable shoes on, but finished our few hours with mud-caked shoes and wet feet. Lots of slipping and sliding. Lots of laughing as in some areas there just wasn't a way of avoiding the mud.

If you've got decent wet/mud shoes, it's really a great stop. We'll be there in the dry season on our next visit, and I am eager to go again and enjoy more of the scenery rather than having to concentrate on exactly where to put my feet to stay upright.

Visited April 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Great get-away in busy Nairobi!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I used to remember Karura Forest the way it was 15 years ago when I used to venture there jogging with a bunch of people, when that was a pretty daring thing to do!!

Went back after all these years to find a perfectly safe huge place great for anyone to visit for a walk alone or with dogs, children, couples etc etc. Wardens are very courteous and it's a great get away in town to enjoy the beauty of this forest. Plenty to discover and see!

Visited March 2013
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Nairobi
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“Excellent place to walk in the city..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Excellent walking and cycling trail. Should Avoid going during the rains or after a good spell of rains. Well marked trails take you through 5/ 10 / 15 km trails!

Visited March 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Good place to relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This is a perfect place to recollect and relax looking at the trees and listening to the music c=from the birds. Good for retreat, prayers etc and more so nature lovers its take you there.

Visited January 2013
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