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“Octoberfest rocked!!!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Karura Forest

Karura Forest
Ranked #4 of 114 things to do in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Octoberfest rocked!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

went just the other day for october fest event held in the forest. the venue was oozing with loud music, a lot of german cultural themes and entertainment, great drinks by castle lager brands and mores great life due to huge enthusiastic crowds...kalabash band brought the "forest down" with their well selected choice of music...an experience worth looking forward too next year!!!

Visited October 2012
Thank DominicM969
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews
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“The karura beauty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

The beauty of natual forest and sooo cool breeze....feels the best place to live under the music of birds

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Sammy G
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Cape Town, South Africa
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104 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“a sanctuary so close to the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

We have walked in the Karura Forest reserve a few times (and will do so again) the forest is spectacular, especially when the river is flowing strongly and the waterfall is thundering. This is a walk well worth having on your list of things to do

Visited August 2012
1 Thank travellingnomad11
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5 reviews
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“Karura Forest next to Gigiri”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

It's a very nice forest where you will most likely see monkeys at the very begining, you have a nice river that turns into some kind of falls, it's very good to go there with family or friends.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank Samia B
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Henley on Klip, South Africa
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A Gem of a park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

A great outdoor ramble right within the city and very tourist friendly. Unique and a feature that Nairobi and Kenyans can be very proud of.

Plenty of couples and young families and people out for a run or a cycle - although I went by myself (always a risk when hiking) there were people around without it feeling like the place was crowded. There are also places where you can just sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility

The paths are wide and although in many places they are unpaved the surface is flat and stable - so you don't need hiking boot..

Get a map of the forest at the gate - it is well worth it.

Read up on the forest and Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Prize winner) and the struggles to establish (an protect it from unethical characters) the forest to really appreciate this green gem in Nairobi.

Visited May 2012
Thank andBrew
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