New Electronic Ticketing System

A new electronic ticketing system is being implemented at all Karura Forest points of entry. The bugs are being worked out, and it should be a couple of weeks before the system is up and running smoothly. Please be patient and bear with us.
Please make sure you sign-in at the gates and get a receipt for entry fees and maps. Keep the receipt with you.
Annual Pass holders: As you sign the entry book, please pause an extra few seconds to get an electronic ticket. That will help the Friends of Karura keep accurate statistics of forest usage.
Security and maintenance in the forest depends on revenue from events and gate-takings.
Your gate fees help maintain the security fence and pay the Karura Scouts.
Please retain and be prepared to show your receipts to FKF Scouts or KFS Rangers on patrol.
And make sure that your receipt matches your category of entry.
Many thanks!

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015

TripAdvisor2015

One again visitors have given Karura top marks as the 4th best attraction (out of 81 reviewed) in Nairobi.

 

Karura Colobus Population Reaches 86

Waiting for release…

With more Colobus Monkeys transfers into the Karura Forest just before the recent rains, the total number has climbed to 86: a good start for a healthy population. The target is 100, according to the estimated availability of food plants for the monkeys.  The black-and-whites are settling in and beginning to spread out: recently they have been spotted along the Family Trail between Junctions 2 and 3, and as far north as the Ruaka River swamp around Junction 39. One recent male, dubbed ‘Frenchie’ because of the red and blue paint markings on this white tail has been seen at Amani Garden.

The re-ntroduction of Colobus Monkeys (Colobus guereza kikuyuensis) began aover  year ago. Under the careful and experienced protocols of the Institute of Primate Research (http://www.primateresearch.org/), FKF, along with KFS and KWS, and with more generous support from AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) has brought this iconic highlands primate sub-species back to Karura Forest from remnant, endangered populations on the fringes of the Aberdares in the region of Kiribati and Wanjohi.

Free at last!

The releasee cannot believe their eyes: look at all the food!!

The isolated animals are gently encouraged to seek food in humane trap cages. The monkeys are first released in a large holding-acclimatisation cage in a hidden location in the heart of Karura, as you can see in the video. Colobus can now be spotted them in the forest canopy as you walk through the indigenous parts of the forest. Look for the conspicuous bushy white tale. And see more images on the FKF Facebook page by clicking here.

Dogs in Sigiria – Off-leash area re-opened

Dogs back off-leashAt the last KFK-KFS Joint Management Meeting it was decided to allow dogs to be off-leash in one specific area of Sigiria on a trial basis.

The area is the vlei (grassland) between Junctions 61 and 63a. All other parts of Sigiria, including the paths leading to and from the vlei are strictly on-leash. Check out the maps page.

Please make certain that your dogs are under control even if off-leash in the vlei as they interact with other dogs and people. We would like to ask you to adopt the neckerchief colour-coded system (see Dog Guidelines). We hope to have neckerchiefs for sale at a modest cost at the gates soon.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Sigiria Fitness Experience


Obstacle_Course_IMG_0548_smOpening Monday, 15 September, at Karura Forest, Sigiria Block, next to Thigiri Gate entrance (end of Thigiri Lane off Thigiri Ridge). 

Test your fitness on the Obstacle Course. Yoga, Pilates, H.I.I.T. (High-Interval Intensive Training – “Heat”) on the purpose-built Qi Platform. Team-Building and Personal Training available. Controlled exercising on the Jungle Gym. All activities under trees in the forest’s fresh breeze, soothed by birdsong and the wind in the leaves.
For fees and package deals contact: 0721 686513 or info@pro-wellness-solutions.com.

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Northern Bike Trail

Bike MapWith the building of a bridge across the Karura River beyond Junction 12a, and the new bike trail from Junction 12 to the bridge, bikers can now access the northern bike trail directly from KFEET. The other direct access to the trail is from the ‘Sharks Gate’ (Gate ‘C’) entrance off Kiambu Road. The gate, which is a point of payment for entry fees, is open on weekends. There is parking inside the gate and a toilet.

Note that the whole of the northern portion of Karura, north of the Karura River, is currently a Dogs Off-Leash area, north of and including Wangari Maathai Track. If you walk your dog there, please keep him or her under control, and don’t allow any chasing of people, bikes or wildlife.

Until a new map gets printed, you can get one by clicking here.

Aug 01

New Electronic Ticketing System

A new electronic ticketing system is being implemented at all Karura Forest points of entry. The bugs are being worked out, and it should be a couple of weeks before the system is up and running smoothly. Please be patient and bear with us.
Please make sure you sign-in at the gates and get a receipt for entry fees and maps. Keep the receipt with you.
Annual Pass holders: As you sign the entry book, please pause an extra few seconds to get an electronic ticket. That will help the Friends of Karura keep accurate statistics of forest usage.
Security and maintenance in the forest depends on revenue from events and gate-takings.
Your gate fees help maintain the security fence and pay the Karura Scouts.
Please retain and be prepared to show your receipts to FKF Scouts or KFS Rangers on patrol.
And make sure that your receipt matches your category of entry.
Many thanks!

Jun 23

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015

TripAdvisor2015

One again visitors have given Karura top marks as the 4th best attraction (out of 81 reviewed) in Nairobi.

 

Mar 12

Karura Colobus Population Reaches 86

Waiting for release…

With more Colobus Monkeys transfers into the Karura Forest just before the recent rains, the total number has climbed to 86: a good start for a healthy population. The target is 100, according to the estimated availability of food plants for the monkeys.  The black-and-whites are settling in and beginning to spread out: recently they have been spotted along the Family Trail between Junctions 2 and 3, and as far north as the Ruaka River swamp around Junction 39. One recent male, dubbed ‘Frenchie’ because of the red and blue paint markings on this white tail has been seen at Amani Garden.

The re-ntroduction of Colobus Monkeys (Colobus guereza kikuyuensis) began aover  year ago. Under the careful and experienced protocols of the Institute of Primate Research (http://www.primateresearch.org/), FKF, along with KFS and KWS, and with more generous support from AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) has brought this iconic highlands primate sub-species back to Karura Forest from remnant, endangered populations on the fringes of the Aberdares in the region of Kiribati and Wanjohi.

Free at last!

The releasee cannot believe their eyes: look at all the food!!

The isolated animals are gently encouraged to seek food in humane trap cages. The monkeys are first released in a large holding-acclimatisation cage in a hidden location in the heart of Karura, as you can see in the video. Colobus can now be spotted them in the forest canopy as you walk through the indigenous parts of the forest. Look for the conspicuous bushy white tale. And see more images on the FKF Facebook page by clicking here.

Jan 31

Dogs in Sigiria – Off-leash area re-opened

Dogs back off-leashAt the last KFK-KFS Joint Management Meeting it was decided to allow dogs to be off-leash in one specific area of Sigiria on a trial basis.

The area is the vlei (grassland) between Junctions 61 and 63a. All other parts of Sigiria, including the paths leading to and from the vlei are strictly on-leash. Check out the maps page.

Please make certain that your dogs are under control even if off-leash in the vlei as they interact with other dogs and people. We would like to ask you to adopt the neckerchief colour-coded system (see Dog Guidelines). We hope to have neckerchiefs for sale at a modest cost at the gates soon.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Sep 11

Sigiria Fitness Experience


Obstacle_Course_IMG_0548_smOpening Monday, 15 September, at Karura Forest, Sigiria Block, next to Thigiri Gate entrance (end of Thigiri Lane off Thigiri Ridge). 

Test your fitness on the Obstacle Course. Yoga, Pilates, H.I.I.T. (High-Interval Intensive Training – “Heat”) on the purpose-built Qi Platform. Team-Building and Personal Training available. Controlled exercising on the Jungle Gym. All activities under trees in the forest’s fresh breeze, soothed by birdsong and the wind in the leaves.
For fees and package deals contact: 0721 686513 or info@pro-wellness-solutions.com.

IMG_0608_sm

Aug 20

Northern Bike Trail

Bike MapWith the building of a bridge across the Karura River beyond Junction 12a, and the new bike trail from Junction 12 to the bridge, bikers can now access the northern bike trail directly from KFEET. The other direct access to the trail is from the ‘Sharks Gate’ (Gate ‘C’) entrance off Kiambu Road. The gate, which is a point of payment for entry fees, is open on weekends. There is parking inside the gate and a toilet.

Note that the whole of the northern portion of Karura, north of the Karura River, is currently a Dogs Off-Leash area, north of and including Wangari Maathai Track. If you walk your dog there, please keep him or her under control, and don’t allow any chasing of people, bikes or wildlife.

Until a new map gets printed, you can get one by clicking here.

Apr 25

Useful Karura Contact Numbers

Kenya Forest Service
Inspector Ezra ………….……… 0724 145314
Sgt. Kimani …….…..…….……. 0721 409662
John Orwa, Chief Forester …… 0727 818963  

Friends of Karura Forest
John Chege, Chief Scout ………………… 0724 215423
Peter Njui, G4S ……………………………. 0722 846264
Karanja Njoroge, Chair ………………..…. 0729 030301
Cristina Boelcke-Croze, Vice-Chair …… 0702 633613

Please make a note of these numbers and carry your mobile with you. Keep to the marked trails and exercise caution particularly when they are wet and slippery. Note that mobile reception is virtually non-existent along the Karura River between the Mau-Mau Caves and  the Waterfall.