Karura Forest
Karura Forest
4.5
Nature & Wildlife AreasHiking TrailsForests
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • damdoum
    Doha, Qatar66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful break from the city
    A beautiful and peaceful break from Nairobi’s busy traffic. This place offers walking paths that transport you in a matter of minutes to the forest mood. You hear birds singing, you feel the wind and enjoy the beauty of nature in the simplest way. Relaxing and fulfilling
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Anonymous855
    1,712 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very enjoyable walk & clearly for bicycles too
    You should be somewhat "fit" to tackle the circuit as it is often quite muddy and can be quite slippery going up and down the steps along the way to the waterfall & caves. We are older but regular walkers and managed it fine with caution. I loved the forest canopy and although it was a Sunday and a holiday, the crowd was moderate. Don't wear shoes you want to protect! There were lot of butterflies and an occasional bench. We used the bathrooms at the cafe but I saw there was one available near the waterfall (unsure about condition or if open). I would recommend this activity to get outside and get exercise in a safe place.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Diana B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, easy nature walk to waterfalls. Great bike trails.
    Fun, easy nature walk. Great bike trails. Having looked at the map online, I thought entering at Gate C would be best but it seemed like this is not a common entry point. Our Uber driver had never heard of it, and then when we finally found it, paid our entry fee, and entered, we had to walk around a school before we got to the park. Not complaining, but it was a little confusing. I'd recommend the main entry instead!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,973 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fine forest on the northern outskirts of Nairobi
    Protests of students and environmentalists eventually secured the forest as a nature reserve. Fenced and guarded it is a safe zone and one can enjoy flora and even some wildlife. I saw monkeys and birds, but no duikers or other animals. Most people visit the small (lily) lake and the waterfalls, but the Mau Mau caves are often also included in a loop from Gate A on Limuru road. I walked the larger round to C gate and back. It took me about 2 and a half hours. Great experience. The park is also suitable for jogging and cycling. Entrance fee for foreigners 600 Kes (4USD) 100 Kes for locals
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 January 2024
  • Jose M
    Lethbridge, Canada149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Oasis in the heart of city
    I spent over 3 hrs running and walking on a hot morning. It's quite a dense forest and the shade was great. Since I went there at 7:30am, there were hardly any people. The solitude was alluring. Great place to spend few hours away from the crowd. For an active person this is paradise
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 February 2024
  • Maricha v
    Worcester, South Africa171 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A walk in the park
    After a very frustrating trip in an Uber which took ages it was a pleasure to dit down yo a coffee and American pancake stack (far to generous) and then to go on a hike. Cycling is permissible which we would’ve enjoyed. The walk was lovely. Many people walking, chatting or just sitting on a bench enjoying nature. I loved my hike and met a lovely lady who joined me and we twittered along until we’d completed our hike and went our separate ways. Highly recommended
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 February 2024
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Venture09504390812
London, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Absolutely lived my morning in Karura forest. Booked an ecotour directly with friends of Karura forest. Timetable is on their website. I chose birdwatching tour starting 7am from Gate A. Easy to access park by Uber. Pay at entrance with card. Total of 1700 shillings for entry and tour. Was about 4 hours in all! Went with fabulous park ranger Jonathan O who is professional ranger and super knowledgeable. Saw 30 different types of bird. He logged them on an app and then I took photos at end of walk. Forest is so beautiful. About 200 hectares in total. I would love to go again and do a different ecotour. Also learnt a lot about history of forest and the community activities they run. Also saw waterfall. Learnt z out different types of tres in forest. Really encourage visitors to book these tours. You just email in advance to make a booking. Email address is on website.
Written 15 March 2024
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MarcoLocatidaSegrate
Segrate65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Wide urban forest, with old high trees, fresh spots and the option to meet some animals, like monkeys.
Perfect for relaxing in Nairobi.
Written 5 March 2024
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Marisol R
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Cute but would recommend you go early in the morning otherwise the waterfalls are packed. Bring water and insect repellent.
Written 2 March 2024
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Vaishalee
Nairobi, Kenya6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I am a Kenyan citizen and a frequent visitor at Karura Forest , Sigiria Gate F. On 23rd Feb I went for my usual morning walk, parked my car and went for an hours walk. Upon return I found my car missing from the spot where I parked. Looking around I found my car on the exit lane randomly left blocking the road. Clearly it’s been an attempted theft of my vehicle. Upon reporting to the security team at the gate I received a very cold response, no reaction from the senior in charge as she was too busy and even refused to walk and check with me on how my car had been left in the middle of the exit path. I was told to write an email to the office to report the incident and I received a response at the end of the day saying that CCTV shows that my car moved on its own. Following up with a phone call an officer says they cannot share the CCTV footage, the operator is away on leave and that I should take time to go and see it so that I can see that my car moved on its own away from the parking slot. Good friends of Karura please be warned and take measures to safeguard your vehicle as there seems to be scheme going on and you will get no support in case it goes missing.
Written 23 February 2024
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Maricha v
Worcester, South Africa171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
After a very frustrating trip in an Uber which took ages it was a pleasure to dit down yo a coffee and American pancake stack (far to generous) and then to go on a hike. Cycling is permissible which we would’ve enjoyed. The walk was lovely. Many people walking, chatting or just sitting on a bench enjoying nature. I loved my hike and met a lovely lady who joined me and we twittered along until we’d completed our hike and went our separate ways. Highly recommended
Written 23 February 2024
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Jose M
Lethbridge, Canada149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I spent over 3 hrs running and walking on a hot morning. It's quite a dense forest and the shade was great. Since I went there at 7:30am, there were hardly any people. The solitude was alluring. Great place to spend few hours away from the crowd. For an active person this is paradise
Written 21 February 2024
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Susan M
Nairobi, Kenya1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The nature trails from Kiambu gate are not clearly marked. I got really really lost after following the green markers for 15kms. Nearly ended up at Limuru gate. If it is your first time, avoid Kiambu gate and use the Limuru entry point. I was lucky to bump into a forest scout who was heading to work (night shift at around 5.30pm). Please put clear markings for people using Kiambu gate.
Written 10 February 2024
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Francesco A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Incredible park in the center of Nairobi. Beautiful gigantic trees. Only problem I was attacked by little monkeys who stole my watch. But it was a swatchvso no big value.
Written 29 January 2024
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,973 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Protests of students and environmentalists eventually secured the forest as a nature reserve. Fenced and guarded it is a safe zone and one can enjoy flora and even some wildlife. I saw monkeys and birds, but no duikers or other animals. Most people visit the small (lily) lake and the waterfalls, but the Mau Mau caves are often also included in a loop from Gate A on Limuru road. I walked the larger round to C gate and back. It took me about 2 and a half hours. Great experience.

The park is also suitable for jogging and cycling.

Entrance fee for foreigners 600 Kes (4USD)
100 Kes for locals
Written 4 January 2024
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Diana B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Fun, easy nature walk. Great bike trails. Having looked at the map online, I thought entering at Gate C would be best but it seemed like this is not a common entry point. Our Uber driver had never heard of it, and then when we finally found it, paid our entry fee, and entered, we had to walk around a school before we got to the park. Not complaining, but it was a little confusing. I'd recommend the main entry instead!
Written 10 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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