Karura forest is one of Kenya’s large urban forest in the capital of Kenya. The forest is blessed with caves, a waterfall and a great ground to walk, jog, cycle and chill with family and friends.
The forest has a great history thanks to the late Prof. Wangari Mathai who inspired and initiated most of the works and trees you’ll find at Karura forest.
Karura Forest got gazetted in the year 1932 under the management of Kenya Forest Service in conjunction with the Friends of Karura Forest who are both protecting the future generations of the green area.
Image Courtesy: Karura Forest
Karura Forest is 1,041 hectares consisting of three parts separated by Limuru and Kiambu roads.
What To Know About Karura Forest Before Going there;
- It has two entrances; one on Limuru road another on Kiambu road
- The main Forest gate is Gate A and is on Limuru road. Board Matatu from Nairobi city centre to Belgian Embassy on Limuru Road, Numbers 11B, 106, 107, or 116 (southbound only)
- For an excellent Digital Matatu Map of Nairobi; click here for a look
- If you’ll use a taxi from the centre of Nairobi: Approximate cost – KES 800 to 1,000.
- In case you use Kiambu road – gate C then board Matatu from Nairobi city centre passing through Kiambu road. Numbers 100, 120, 121, 116
- It opens at 6:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm
- Entrance for Kenyan Citizens is 100/= per adult and 50/= per child
- Entrance fee for residents (non-citizen persons living in Kenya only-prove is required) 200/= per adult and 100/= per child
- Non-residents 600/= per adult and 300/= per child
- Accompanying FKF Guide 300/= per 2 hours (Ensure you get a receipt for payment)
- If you’re going for a picnic (not more than 25 people) an adult pays 150/= and a child below 12 years pays 100/= (All exclusive of entry fees)