Visit Karura Forest 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 boot camps, weddings and other parties.Karura Forest is a good bird watching area throughout the year, Karura is a birding paradise being that more than 350 birds Species have been recorded here. Explore waterfalls, caves, streams, and stands of upland trees. The Forest is the perfect place to get your muscles moving and blood pumping. It is a popular site for walking, cycling, jogging or simply sitting quietly with a book or picnic.
The Tour start by pick you from your Nairobi Hotel 8AM. 0900 Hours: Entry into the forest and start of the walk or riding a bike. The guide will explain to you the different species of trees, birds and sites and sounds. Visit the waterfalls, the caves and see the riparian site. There are enough walking trails with superb sceneries to marvel at. The trails vary from fifteen kilometers, ten kilometers and five kilometers. The Forest also has a biking trail that is 12 kilometers long. The biking trails and walking trails lead you through green forest areas, waterfalls, caves and streams. The trails are clearly marked and color-coded by length.There are numerous picnic benches within the park where you can sit down and cool off. Also within the reserve are many areas of interest, both historical and ecological. The Central Bank once maintained an incinerator on the property to destroy decommissioned currency during the 1990s, and you can still see the old chimney. The Mau-Mau freedom fighters used the sacred caves on the reserve as hideouts, and Lily Lake is the site of an abandoned quarry. The reserve is also home to a few archaeological sites, some of which were recently excavated and the findings still being examined. Among these sites, you find a wonderful ecosystem with a variety of bio-net work, flora and fauna, such as a 50-foot waterfall, patches of bamboo, groves of indigenous trees and marshlands inhabited by resident and migratory avi-fauna, such as silvery-cheeked hornbill, ayres hawk-eagle, crested crane, African crowned eagle and many more! Mammals in the reserve include duikers, bushbuck, porcupines, bush pig, genet cat, bush baby, civet baby, honey badger, bush baby and many others. You may also spot some of the resident reptiles, such as python, green snakes, monitor lizard and butterflies, such as Desmond’s green banded swallowtail and African Queen.All in all, Karura Forest is a gem and definitely a great place to unwind and come closer to nature.