Fee Changes as of 1 July 2017

From 1 July 2017 there shall be some small changes to the Karura Forest entry and picnic fees. 

All charges remain as before, except:

Kenya citizen child (ages 3 to 12 inclusive) Entry Fee: KES 50/=.

Use of the Picnic grounds (KFEET, Amani and Ruaka): 150/= adults, 100/= children (ages 3-12).

Picnickers shall pay the usual Entry and Parking fees.

Karura Maps: KES 200/=

You can click here for the full, annotated schedule.

Karura Forest Photo Competition 2017 – The Winner!

First Prize

Karura Forest Beckons

The first Karura Photo Competition drew over 70 entries for the theme KARURA TRAIL VIEW.

The First Prize winner, “Karura Forest Beckons” by Ryan Duly is shown here.

The winners were announced at the 8th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Karura Forest Community Forest Association on 14 June at the River Café – Karura.

See the top ten winners here.

And get your camera or smartphone out for next year’s event!

 

Control Your Dog — Even in Off-Leash Areas

Dog Control

Click here for more Dog Guidelines.

Bikes now for hire at Kiambu Road gate

Uni students deciding whether to walk or ride from Sharks...

Uni students deciding whether to walk or ride from Sharks…

There are now bikes for hire at Gate C on Kiambu Road (a.k.a. Sharks Gate). You asked, we listened. There is a new depot at Sharks open 7 days a week, 8:00-18:00 (last time for returns: no hires after 16:00). Prices remain the same, 500/= for a two-hour hire. There are 15 top-notch trail bikes to choose from with more on order. Remember: please wear helmets, and shout ‘Coming through!’ or ‘Track left/right!’ when bearing down on walkers from behind. Enjoy!

Jun 28

Fee Changes as of 1 July 2017

From 1 July 2017 there shall be some small changes to the Karura Forest entry and picnic fees. 

All charges remain as before, except:

Kenya citizen child (ages 3 to 12 inclusive) Entry Fee: KES 50/=.

Use of the Picnic grounds (KFEET, Amani and Ruaka): 150/= adults, 100/= children (ages 3-12).

Picnickers shall pay the usual Entry and Parking fees.

Karura Maps: KES 200/=

You can click here for the full, annotated schedule.

May 04

Karura Forest Photo Competition 2017 – The Winner!

First Prize

Karura Forest Beckons

The first Karura Photo Competition drew over 70 entries for the theme KARURA TRAIL VIEW.

The First Prize winner, “Karura Forest Beckons” by Ryan Duly is shown here.

The winners were announced at the 8th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Karura Forest Community Forest Association on 14 June at the River Café – Karura.

See the top ten winners here.

And get your camera or smartphone out for next year’s event!

 

Mar 29

Forest Gates to be Locked at 19:00

Gates Locked 19:00

Mar 03

Control Your Dog — Even in Off-Leash Areas

Dog Control

Click here for more Dog Guidelines.

Dec 22

Updated Karura Forest Map Now Available

New Karura Map

Sep 12

Bikes now for hire at Kiambu Road gate

Uni students deciding whether to walk or ride from Sharks...

Uni students deciding whether to walk or ride from Sharks…

There are now bikes for hire at Gate C on Kiambu Road (a.k.a. Sharks Gate). You asked, we listened. There is a new depot at Sharks open 7 days a week, 8:00-18:00 (last time for returns: no hires after 16:00). Prices remain the same, 500/= for a two-hour hire. There are 15 top-notch trail bikes to choose from with more on order. Remember: please wear helmets, and shout ‘Coming through!’ or ‘Track left/right!’ when bearing down on walkers from behind. Enjoy!

May 25

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017


One again — four years in a row — visitors have given Karura top marks as the 4th best attraction (out of 122 Things to Do) in Nairobi.

Please Note: If you follow the TripAdvisor link above, do not be taken in by the Viator offer of a “Karura Forest Tour Experience” for some KES 10,000 (USD 100).

Overseas visitor can have the same ‘experience’ for one-fifth the price, and go home with the official map.

Sep 29

Tara Path Now On-Leash for Dogs

Dog Walkers in northern part of the main forest Please Take Note. Tara Path together with the new picnic site along the Ruaka River near the Tree Outlook Platform is now an On-Leash zone.

Dogs on LeashThe whole of Wangari Maathai Track and Muhugu Trail remains off-leash, for the time being (see map). That still gives you and your dog over 8 km of trail on which to exercise. Note that the area to the south (left as you are walking from Sharks Gate) of Wangari Maathai Track is strictly a no-go wildlife zone down to the Karura River.

There have been more incidents of dogs bothering visitors and killing wildlife — recently a Suni was torn to pieces by two ridgebacks whose owner was obviously unable to control them and seemed indifferent to what was happening. 

 

WALKING YOUR DOG IN A OFF-LEASH AREA IS NOT A LICENCE TO HUNT OR HASSLE VISITORS OR ATTACK OTHER DOGS. DOGS MUST BE UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES, EVEN IN OFF-LEASH AREAS. OFFENDERS SHALL BE SUMMARILY BANNED FROM THE FOREST.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Apr 25

Useful Karura Contact Numbers

Kenya Forest Service
Corp. Okoth . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0721 483017
Sgt. Muturi . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0712 575708
Sgt. Catherine . . . . . . . . . . . 0725 370990
Ag RC Dickson Njiru . . . . . . . . . 0727 818963
John Orwa, Chief Forester . . . . . . 0727 818963
Fredrick Mutisya, Forester . . . . . 0722 581402

Friends of Karura Forest
John Chege, Chief Scout . . . . . . . 0724 215423
Peter Kamau, Dep. Chief Scout . . . . 0720 350206
Peter Njui, G4S . . . . . . . . . . . 0722 846264
Moses Mauka, FKF Ops. Mgr. . . . . . 0721 111086
Karanja Njoroge, FKF 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.