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“Great hangout” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Karura Forest

Karura Forest
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Karura Forest Tour Experience Inclusive of Trail Biking from Nairobi
Ranked #4 of 117 things to do in Nairobi
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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, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Nairobi, Kenya
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Great hangout”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great place to have a good 15km walk or run..peaceful with all that fresh air from the tall trees around..great dog walk place too or a picnic place at the grounds.do not visit butterfly lake(no butterflies there,rather stagnant water)-enjoy the freshest air and go during weekend for more fun!

Visited May 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“Fantastic green space in the middle of the city... maybe some more signage needed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

This forest was under threat from developers barely a few years ago, and its great to see that real efforts are being made to protect it, because its a haven of green salvation in the middle of Nairobi chaos. Signposting is not ideal - luckily I was with someone who knew the way, otherwise it could have been really confusing. The paths are walkable and in pretty good condition (probably less so when its been raining, since they are mostly mud / clay), but don't trust the wooden handrails around the waterfalls - they are a little rickety! In all, a great way to spend an afternoon.

Visited June 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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6 attraction reviews
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“Fabulous Hiking Area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

We were dropped off there and later picked up by our taxi driver. The walk through the forest was fresh and beautiful. We saw people carrying firewood bundles on their heads that reminded me of a travel mag photo or National Geographic. The waterfalls were beautiful and the hike back was nice. The trails are clear and wide and marked with directional arrows and signs.

Visited June 2013
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“A jewel in Nairobi”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

Top tip - buy (500s) / take a photo of the map - the sign posts are numbered and clear, but the path color routes are difficult to follow.

What a find - this is a great place for a walk just outside the centre of Nairobi. The paths are easy to walk down and are suitable for walking, running or mountain biking. The waterfall is a must as part of your route. I went on a Friday and only saw 2 other people during the 4 hrs of walking.

Visited June 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Wonder forest”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited February 2013
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