Karura Forest, with an area of 1063 hectares, is one of the largest urban forests in Nairobi, and is located near the suburbs of Muthaiga & Gigiri, adjacent to the United Nations offices, and the headquarters of the United Nations Environmental Programme, in Nairobi.
It was saved from destruction in the late 90s, by the actions of the late conservationist and leader of the Green Belt Movement, Professor Wangari Maathai, also a Nobel Peace Laureate, and the forest is now open for all to enjoy it’s attractions.
The forest features a waterfall, a bamboo forest, marshland, Mau Mau caves and an old church, and wildlife species such as monkeys, bush baby, bushbuck, bush pig, porcupine, duiker, genet cat, dik dik, African civet cat and the East African fruit bat. It also has 3 marked trails – of 5 km, 10 km and 15 km, and is cut by 4 tributaries of the Nairobi River.
It is a wonderful and tranquil place to spend the day, or even a morning, and at any time of the day, you will find riders riding their bikes on the trails, joggers and people walking their dogs. The forest is also used for many fitness events like bootcamps, weddings and other parties.