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“Wonder forest”
Review of Karura Forest

Karura Forest
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$110.00*
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Karura Forest Tour Experience Inclusive of Trail Biking from Nairobi
Ranked #4 of 127 things to do in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Its unbelievable to have such a fabulous forest in the middle of Nairobi. Dr Wangari Maathai did a great job to ensure the preservation of this great wonder.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Wow, what a sanctuary. Who knew that you can be in the middle of Nairobi and feel like you're in the middle of the Knysna forest (back home in South Africa). No cars! No hooting horns!

The fact that non-residents are charged different rates (and that they want to sell you maps for KES500... so I just downloaded one on my phone) aside, I really enjoyed my walk though the forest. I did, however, see two small dumping grounds of rubbish (toner cartridges?!), which was not great. However, the walk down to the river was just what I needed to recharge. The forest appears popular for locals just coming for a walk / run as well.

Would have been great to have a bench here / there (especially at the waterfall), or a little kiosk selling snacks at the entrance perhaps. But if you plan poperly you won't get hungry :)

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

The serenity environment was a breath taking. The beauty and sound from the forest habitats kept us guessing.oh!

Thank AnimalPassionSafaris
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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.

Thank shaslau
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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!

Thank Jason L
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