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Karura Forest

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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...more
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Limuru Road | Muthaiga, Nairobi 00619, Kenya
+254 791 398371
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Nothing shows the contrasts of Nairobi that this lush green forest in the middle of the city. I was taken here by a friend to cycle and needless to say it was a very relaxing experience. Guys can also have picnics or just walk around...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank realdesky
Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved hiking to the caves and the waterfalls. It is a serene place, that took us from the madness of the terrorist attacks in Nairobi whilst there.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RedHeadell
Reviewed 1 week ago

My recent three-hour Karura Forest evening walk with my daughter who was vising from Vancouver, Canada was enjoyable and very refreshing thanks to the tireless efforts of the late Prof Wangari Maathai who fought so hard and put her life on the line for the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 2terryachieng2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best family recreation place in Nairobi. Karura forest offers well marked jogging paths 5KM, 10KM, 20KM. It offers walking as well as bicycle hire service. In the forest you can see mau mau caves.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank pnmugambi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love visiting this place for a walk. It's peaceful, quiet and smells so...natural. Definitely check it out and you may fall in love with it like I have.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank wekesahilary
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Karura forest is a well tucked forest not far from the hustle and bustle of the city. A fantastic getaway for the family or an just a solo walker. Kids can bring bikes to ride or hire some. For dog lovers, you get a chance...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank exqmanagement
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to unwind over the weekend. Ideal for outdoor lovers who enjoy the long walk/hike or biking in the forest.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank muts_mutisya
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was reasonable experience and challenging for beginner cyclists especially after rainy day. Roots come across as you drive through and can cause difficulties. Didn’t try the walk through but should be fascinating.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Ziad H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a very commonly done activity for tourists in Nairobi but as were in the area to meet friends, we decided to explore karura forest and also visit a restaurant in the forest. Good experience all in all.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ananyas218
Reviewed 17 December 2018

This is an easy walk for all levels of fitness. It offeres multiple stopping points to rest if needed. Very peaceful and enjoyable walk.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Valerie M
4 January 2019|
Response from Ruthyke |
Check on website Friendsofkarura and get officials to give guidance
25 April 2018|
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Response from Karura_Friends | 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!
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