We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Karura Forest

#4 of 124 things to do in Nairobi Features Animals
Limuru Road | Muthaiga, Nairobi 00619, Kenya
+254 739 262092
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Karura Forest Tour Experience Inclusive of Trail Biking from Nairobi
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good38%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bike riding” (23 reviews)
“limuru road” (22 reviews)
“river cafe” (12 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 06:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Limuru Road | Muthaiga, Nairobi 00619, Kenya
+254 739 262092
Write a Review
Reviews (696)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

21 - 30 of 653 reviews

Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

It's not that crazy but a cool place within Nairobi to have a calm evening. The waterfall is nice but very polluted. Overall nice place

Thank King H
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

We needed some relaxing away from noise and Karura was the perfect place to go for a walk. Adjacent to Canadian embassy near UN office and American Embassy you just feel secure. Security is tight with nice scenic views with birds flying around.

Thank Nyambariga
Reviewed 29 May 2017

a natural habitat for monkeys, birds and best outdoor venue so far. i was here with a team of young people a wile back and we had the best fun ever; played outdoor games and had a great team building experience. i had a chance...More

Thank Mercy M
Reviewed 23 May 2017

it is a wonderful place to visit with family for picnics. amazing greenery, fitness activities like cycling and walking, peaceful, small slides and swings for kids.the best part was the waterfalls, it was beautiful, definitely need a camera for pics. it was a half day...More

Thank MohamedDadani
Reviewed 16 May 2017

I trained in Karura for the Nairobi half and it was a great place full of different length trails that can be combined for different distances. There is a small waterfall, futball fields, bikes you can rent etc. I have met friends here for picnics,...More

Thank G1103BLchristinec
Reviewed 14 May 2017

This a lovely place to simply walk,bicycle and get some fresh air. It's a pretty forest and one hears all the sounds of nature. I sincerely enjoyed my excursion there and can't wait to return.

Thank africanman_840
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

We went for a family run with our kids. We had a lot of fun . There is a small waterfall that's nice to see and some small caves too. We had a nice 7k run . There is a 10k and 15k run too....More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

The kids and I went for a nature walk. Agenda was to give the kids a workout while enjoying the beauty of nature. We achieved this and more. The trails are great and challenging at the same time. My 4yr old actually surprised me by...More

Thank Martin M
Reviewed 8 May 2017

everything was just amazing, the nature walk and bycycle cycling was the est part, i enjoyed.the breeze in the forest and the ambience, i mustsay was the best the cool waters running from the fall was also awesome

Thank janet j
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Fantastic place for a great day in nature open from 0600 till 1800. Make sure you are back by the gate before the forest close. Please do not litter and enjoy the beautiful scenery and send a grateful thought as you walk through this incredible...More

Thank josorb
Nearby Restaurants
Furusato Japanese Restaurant
265 reviews
1.48 km away
The River Cafe
126 reviews
.70 km away
The River Cafe - Karura
24 reviews
.69 km away
La dolce vita
70 reviews
.56 km away
Nearby Attractions
United Nations Visitor's Service
101 reviews
1.49 km away
The Village Market
174 reviews
2.43 km away
Westgate Shopping Mall
94 reviews
1.89 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Charles c
15 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from KaruraFriends | Property representative |
Hi, Charles C, you may leave your backpacks in the office of the Operations Manager, the Education Officer or the Events Coordinator at KFEET (Karura Forest Environment Education Trust) offices. These are about 1 km from the... More
Emmanuel K
12 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from Henk H | Reviewed this property |
No, there are no lions in the park. (Nor other big game). You can freely walk, jog, cycle through the park.
Charles K
2 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from KaruraFriends | Property representative |
Definitely not. Several reasons. First, it is a sad fact that the water quality in peri-urban Nairobi rivers is well outside the WHO and KBS standards for safe bathing. Although the physical and biological cleansing effect... More