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“1/2 day fauna and flora” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Karura Forest Reserve

Karura Forest Reserve
Limuru Road | Mageso Chember, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #3 of 43 attractions in Nairobi
Type: Forests
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“1/2 day fauna and flora”
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!

Visited November 2012
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“A nice escape.”
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.

Visited March 2013
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“Nice hike and escape from the city”
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!

Visited April 2013
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“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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