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Karura Forest, Nairobi

4.6
#3 of 62 in Nature in Kenya
Explore caves and waterfalls in lush urban greenery at Karura Forest, Nairobi's flagship preserve and a getaway from the bustling capital. Spanning 564 hectares (1,394 acres), this scenic forest interlaced with rivers features a bamboo grove and marshlands sheltering colobus monkeys, galagos, bushpigs, porcupines, and dik diks amidst shrubs and croton trees. Explore 50 km (31 mi) of well-maintained nature trails, with views of African olive trees and Uganda greenheart. See caves used by the Mau Mau rebels in their epic independence struggle against the British Empire. There is also a memorial to the 2013 terrorist attack and an old chimney incinerator used to destroy decommissioned banknotes. Use our Nairobi trip builder site to add Karura Forest and other attractions to your Nairobi vacation plans.
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  • Well worth a visit but remember to wear good walking shoes. The rangers are very helpful with directions and the map and sign posts are easy to follow. Our visit was just after heavy rain and...  more »
  • You can go for a day there if you wish, nice long walks, waterfall lake and caves. There is a restaurant and ample parking. Went from Gate A and walked about 6 miles, flat grounds not much hills...  more »
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  • Loved the place. Definitely going there over and over again. The 10km walk was lit too
  • Very very awesome place to go to just relax and breathe in fresh air...good facilities, friendly guards and cycling in the forest is extremely fun.
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