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Address: Limuru Road | Muthaiga, Nairobi 00619, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 739 262092
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The Karura Forest Reserve is an urban upland forest on the outskirts of...

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 covers an area of about 1,000 ha (2,500 ac) and today is a shining example of how country-based corporate social responsibility and individual philanthropy can serve to secure and protect a country's natural resources. The forest offers eco-friendly opportunities for Kenyans and visitors to enjoy a leafy green respite from the hustle and bustle of the city to walk, to jog, or simply to sit quietly and experience the serenity of nature in all its diversity.

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Waterfalls, bat cave, butterfly's & Harvey.., who could ask for anything more

Super place to get a little excercise and take in some beautiful Nairobi nature. Nice hike, but not too strenuous.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Super place to get a little excercise and take in some beautiful Nairobi nature. Nice hike, but not too strenuous.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's local forest where I run almost daily. There are not a lot of animals but there is a waterfall and a few old caves. But it's mostly a place for walks and running. The restaurant inside the park has great food. Weekend are crowded so better diri g the week. We have a yearly pass so if used a... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Karuka Forest is located in the heart of the city of Nairobi - a high altitude tropical forest - terms that normally are contradictory - combine to form one of the most exotic forest areas in the world. With wonderful trails for walking and hiking, you will rarely visit Karura Forest without running into an abundance of wildlife and birdlife,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best nature trails sceneries in Nairobi. Good for large numbers and lovers of long walks. Though tricky when it rains and you are in the forest. Generally, its a great place

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The mud is not always there, we were visiting in the rain season. Very cozy forest and not too big. Hiking to the waterfall was hard but worth it! Really beautiful sights all the way to the finally.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a forest within the city. Very serene and tranquil. has visitors daily for just a stroll, hikers for the daily training and some serious enthusiasts. The tree canopy is moderately dence with clear pathways and stairway to the caves and waterfall. A must for visitors to Nairobi

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My kids and I love Karura, or karuru as my 2YO calls it, we go here often for walks and picnic. It is scenic and refreshing and oh so green and relaxing.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Karura Forest is one of my favorite places in Nairobi. When I want to get away from the city, but don't want to go too far I go to Karura, be it for bike ride or a nice stroll. My last one was last Saturday. This was our fallback because we couldn't go to Mount Logonot. While there, we... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A visit here made my trip worthwhile. I took a 2hrs walk into the forest and it was the most serene and priceless feeling ever. Its something that can only be felt. I plan to visit again sometimes in the future

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this place. Great to run around. I have been running ample times and have always felt fine, even running with headphone in when I first started. After a while left the music and took different routes while plenty more animal were

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