The Karura Forest Reserve is an urban upland forest on the outskirts of Nairobi. This remarkable geographical location and natural resource is one of the largest gazetted forests in the world fully within a city limit. 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.
It is the perfect place to get your muscles moving and blood pumping as it offers eco-friendly opportunities for visitors to enjoy a leafy green respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. One can walk, jog, or simply sit quietly and experience the serenity of nature in all its diversity.
The forest has several historical sites and areas of special interest, which include:
- a 15-metre waterfall
- an old chimney incinerator – used by the Central Bank for the burning of decommissioned currency up until the mid-1990′s
- an abandoned stone quarry pond, now called Lily Lake
- caves which are considered sacred by many and steeped in Kenyan history (they were formerly used by the Mau-Mau freedom fighters as hideouts during the struggle for Independence)
- patches of bamboo
- marshlands that attract bird life including winter migrants from Europe and Asia
- Serene Groves of secondary and primary indigenous trees.
The forest is also where Professor Wangari Maathai (late leader of the Green Belt Movement and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) carried out a much-publicized campaign for saving the forest from developers who tried to grab large portions of the north of the central section of the forest. The forest became a symbol of the fight against land grabbing in Kenya.
KMS Members Ksh 700
Non Members Ksh 900
The tour includes:
- Guide fees & tip
- A guided tour of the forest including the waterfalls and caves
- A talk on the heritage of Wangari Maathai
- An opportunity to purchase trees from the nursery within the forest.
Excluded: Picnic Lunch, entrance fees and transport.
Optional: Tree planting
Bookings: 0724 255299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment: Safaricom – M-PESA PayBill Business no: 400800, Account no: 6571570019