Karura Forest is located in urban Nairobi. Karura is the largest gazetted forest in Kenya. It boasts several monkey species and birds. Over the years, Karura has become more open to the public. You can visit Karura to join the Friends of Karura in afforrestaion activites.
Karura Forest is a fun place full of family friendly activities such as tennis court, picnic sites, quadbiking, and bikes for rent. Karura is a favorite spot for Nairobians who enjoy jogging in the bush.
important attractions that visitors to Karura Forest enjoy are:
• Mau Mau caves
• Scenic waterfalls and rivers
• Marked walking trails
• Small wetlands that are habitats for birds
• The incinerator formerly used by Central Bank of Kenya to burn old currency notes
• The area about which the late Professor Wangari Maathai carried out a campaign against illegal acquisition of forest land.
When to Go
The best time to visit is between January and March as well as the month of September when the days are sunny and dry. In July and August, it is usually cool and cloudy making it hard to enjoy the outdoor activities. The long rains are from April-June and the short rains October-December.
Tickets can be purchased at the point of entry between 6:00 am and 5:00 pm. at Ksh. 200 for adults and Ksh. 100 for children (Kenyan citizens only).
By public transport: Matatu (public service vehicle) numbers 11B, 106, 107, 108, 114 or 116 from Nairobi City Centre will get you to the main entrance on Limuru Road. To use the KFS main gate on Kiambu road, take matatu numbers 100 or 120.
By private means: The main entrance to Karura Forest is on the Limuru Road just after the Belgian Embassy. The KFS main gate which is off Kiambu road and opposite CID Headquaters can also be used to access the forest.
Existing network of driving tracks and walking trails are serve as a guide to walking around.