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Karura Forest

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Limuru Road | Muthaiga, Nairobi 00619, Kenya
+254 791 398371
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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
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"beautiful waterfall"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful place to visit to a walk, cycle or just to let children run and tire themselves out. Its a forest with well trodden trails, signposts to nearby places of interest (with distance) and various walks. If you go to the entrance past the UN...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s in incredible that you can find a forest a few minutes drive from Nairobi, This place is great for bike rides which you can hire or bring yours, nature walks.and relaxation Go to the small water and just sit and relax

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Karura Forest is the perfect getaway from the noise and congestion of Nairobi. Located north of the city centre, Karura is expansive enough that you can forget you are in the metropolitan heart of Kenya. The numerous trails provide great opportunities to get off the...More

Thank Nate D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A short drive from Nairobi and you are in the quiet of the forest. We hiked for about an hour the day after we arrived, helps to shake the jet lag! The waterfall was neat and the water level was high. Wear good shoes as...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You can rent bikes and visit the lovely cafe here - there are primates and yet you are in the middle of the city!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the forest with some students from Poland. There are enough walking trails with superb sceneries to marvel at. The trails vary from fifteen kilometers, ten kilometers and five kilometers. The Forest also has a biking trail that is 12 kilometers long. The biking...More

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I go to Karura forest at least 3-4 times a week. It's the perfect place to take a walk or a run and not hear Nairobi. Great place to take the kids and the dog. Where good shoes in the rainy season.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Nairobi you don’t get to walk much, so this is a handy spot to stretch your legs and see a bit of the outdoors for a while. Lovely waterfall too.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unless you are based in the Gigiri neighborhood of Nairobi (by the UN and US embassy), Karura forrest is a little out of the way. But it offers a great opportunity to get outdoors in a busy city. The waterfall loop with caves where Mau...More

Thank Kevin C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So unexpected to found such a fresh and dense florest right in the heart of Nairobi. Excellent for walks and relax moments. Bike fans can also have a very good moment there.

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julieHen
25 April 2018|
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Response from Harvey C | Property representative |
Hi, Julie, for a matatu from the CBD use the Khonja stage along Tom Mboya street or at Odeon. Numbas 106, 107 or 108. Alight at Belgium Embassy on Limuru Road. Karibu!
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donmelikzedek
9 April 2018|
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Response from muradswaleh | Reviewed this property |
Yes its allowed in the picnic area. We brought our own food and drinks. Note that apart from entrance fees, you have to pay for the picnic area otherwise you will have to go back few kilometers before heading back to the... More
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Lucy H
20 February 2018|
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Response from JoshNairobi254 | Reviewed this property |
Once inside, you can run, walk or just sit and relax. Only thing is that you have to keep to the designated route as per the instructions prescribed on the routes. Remember it is a plastic / polythene bags free area hence no... More
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