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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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  • This is a lovely piece of forest (very large) in Nairobi itself and we enjoyed a great walk here. There is a well set out trail system and it is easy to navigate - there are also great maps at the gat...  more »
  • We love Karura. It's a mini escape for the city that surrounds it. We have walked, jogged, taken bikes in and just enjoyed family picnics in what we call our little Oasis.  more »
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  • 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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