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.
Tours to Karura Forest
Full Day Forest Nature Walk, Biking and Tree Planting - Dogs Allowed BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $50
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Half-Day Karura Forest Small-Group Tour from Nairobi with Optional Trail Bike BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $110
Duration: 4 hours
Trail Running in Nairobi, Kenya BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $40
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Karura Forest Reviews
Went on a great hike recently. Paths are well maintained and clearly marked. The staff at the entrance gate were very kind, helpful and professional when I visited on Sunday 13/10. Bought a map there ... more »
Its amazing place to visit with the hustle and bustle of the Nairobis city life karura gives you that break fresh air the fauna and not forgetting the animals it gives you that wonderful feeling it's ... more »
I love karura, it is serene. A good place for meditation, exercise and family/group activities. Entrance fee is cheap
Cool place for outdoor activities. Bike riding and sightseeing are the main activities. A good environment for families.
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