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Karura Forest

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Limuru Road | Muthaiga, Nairobi 00619, Kenya
+254 739 262092
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The Karura Forest Reserve is an urban upland forest on the outskirts of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. This remarkable geographical location and natural resource is one of the largest gazetted forests in the world fully within a city limits. It covers an area of about 1,000 ha (2,500 ac) and today is a shining example of how country-based corporate social responsibility and individual philanthropy can serve to secure and protect a country's natural resources. The forest offers eco-friendly opportunities for Kenyans and visitors to enjoy a leafy green respite from the hustle and bustle of the city to walk, to jog, or simply to sit quietly and experience the serenity of nature in all its diversity.
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Limuru Road | Muthaiga, Nairobi 00619, Kenya
+254 739 262092
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Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile

Went there for the day with my boyfriend and had an enjoyable afternoon. We walked around the park, visiting the waterfall. However, I would like to point out that the indications aren't precise and we got lost quite a few time trying to find our...More

1  Thank Tamara M
Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

I've visited Karura twice and both times I enjoyed the peace I found walking around there. The charges are low,the trails are well marked (if you pay attention) and it's super chilled. Renting bikes to ride around the trails (if you don't have your own)...More

Thank Hellen M
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

Such a peaceful place to go, hard to believe it's so close the city. The walks are well kept and easy to follow. The water fall has no end of photo opportunities. The Resteraunt by the riverside is very popular and it's unlikely you will...More

Thank Brent W
Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

I went out on a Sunday afternoon with the boys. Accessibility is great and the forest has variety of activities. My eldest and I opted to cycle as the young ones played by the swings. A long nature walk is something I had longed to...More

1  Thank Sylvia M
Reviewed August 2, 2017

I loved the hours spent at the Karura Forest!! The waterfall is stunning and I enjoyed listening to the beautiful sound of the water and the animals in their habitat. There are different paths to walk, I chose the longest one (by mistake, I have...More

Thank Ecate87
Reviewed July 31, 2017

Great to get out and walk in greenery after a zillion hour flight from New York. But this park is totally unimpressive. The plantings at our hotel were much more interesting and beautiful. (The Fairview Hotel) We went to Karura here because the New York...More

Thank Judith P
Reviewed July 28, 2017

Wangari Mathaai did us justice by fighting for this forest, a serene location within the city for picnics, hiking and so much more. Plus this is where i had my first bootcamp experience...Great memories.

Thank Ryana M
Reviewed July 25, 2017

Karura Forest Is a great place for adventure and for a quiet time with Nature. Various activities can be planned including cycling and other outdoor games. We chose to have a walk and enjoy what nature has to offer and pray for Kenya. Its a...More

Thank Claire G
Reviewed July 21, 2017

Visiting Karura Forest is becoming more of a habit as each visit rejuvenates me. The large and small trees, the breathtaking experience of being with nature leaves one totally energized and refreshed.

Thank Sikiladi
Reviewed July 19, 2017

Loved hiking in Karura. The terrain is not tough making hiking less demanding. You can also choose to bike in the forest, views are breathtaking.

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Charles c
July 15, 2017|
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Response from KaruraFriends | Property representative |
Hi, Charles C, you may leave your backpacks in the office of the Operations Manager, the Education Officer or the Events Coordinator at KFEET (Karura Forest Environment Education Trust) offices. These are about 1 km from the... More
Emmanuel K
July 11, 2017|
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Response from Al W | Reviewed this property |
no, nothing dangerous in the forest. Only small monkeys and mini gazelles
Charles K
May 2, 2017|
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Response from KaruraFriends | Property representative |
Definitely not. Several reasons. First, it is a sad fact that the water quality in peri-urban Nairobi rivers is well outside the WHO and KBS standards for safe bathing. Although the physical and biological cleansing effect... More