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!

Jan-Jun 2016 FKF Newsletter Out

Click on image below to get your own PDF copy…

Newsletter Jan-Jun 2016

You can find the archive of back issues of the Newsletter by clicking here.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

One again — three years in a row — visitors have given Karura top marks as the 4th best attraction (out of 106 Things to Do) in Nairobi.

 

2015 FKF Report Now Available

Just out! The Friends of Karura Forest 2015 Report. Get your copy at the FKF office, or collect one at the AGM on Saturday, 14 May, or click here to download a PDF version.

2015 Report

Karura Colobus Translocation Comes to Successful Close

Settling in…

NEWS FLASH — NEW BABY BORN. One of our females who was pregnant during the translocation operation has given birth! This is excellent news, as trauma of the translocation often leads to miscarriage. Mother and daughter/son are doing fine.

The translocation of an endangered sub-species of Colobus Monkeys successfully come to a close in March with the release of the last batch of seven black-and-whites in the Sigiria side of Karura Forest, including one babe-in-arms. The project is part of FKF’s continuing effort to return Karura to its original state to provide ecosystem services for all.

The Karura Colobus monkey transaction project is one of the most successful ever undertaken for arboreal primates with a success rate of 94%!

Peter Fundi and his team from the Institute for Primate Research have continued to brave steep slopes and colobus-unfriendly farmers on the edge of the Aberdares to capture and release into Sigiria 29 monkeys. The forth and last batch of monkeys was held at the new acclimatisation cage not far from Junction 69 for two days and released to freedom on Friday, 4 March.

The target of 120 in the Main Forest and 30 in Sigiria — calculated on the basis of estimated availability of food plants for the monkeys — was nearly reached just as the capture permit from the Kenya Wildlife Service expired. The total number in Karura is now 142, including seven infants conceived and born in the forest: a great start for a health population.

The black-and-whites are settling in and beginning to spread out. Andrew Kuria, the IPR-FKF Colobus Field Assistant reports that the Sigiria newcomers all are doing well and a few have penetrated as far as Junction 63. And in the main forest,  they are regularly spotted along the Family Trail between Junctions 2 and 3, and now, with the holding cage moved closer to the Karura River, along the Mau-Mau Trail and near Junction 23.

The re-ntroduction of Colobus Monkeys (Colobus guereza kikuyuensis) began in early 2014. 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 releasees 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.

 

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.

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!

Jul 25

Jan-Jun 2016 FKF Newsletter Out

Click on image below to get your own PDF copy…

Newsletter Jan-Jun 2016

You can find the archive of back issues of the Newsletter by clicking here.

May 25

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

One again — three years in a row — visitors have given Karura top marks as the 4th best attraction (out of 106 Things to Do) in Nairobi.

 

May 15

2015 FKF Report Now Available

Just out! The Friends of Karura Forest 2015 Report. Get your copy at the FKF office, or collect one at the AGM on Saturday, 14 May, or click here to download a PDF version.

2015 Report

May 15

Karura Colobus Translocation Comes to Successful Close

Settling in…

NEWS FLASH — NEW BABY BORN. One of our females who was pregnant during the translocation operation has given birth! This is excellent news, as trauma of the translocation often leads to miscarriage. Mother and daughter/son are doing fine.

The translocation of an endangered sub-species of Colobus Monkeys successfully come to a close in March with the release of the last batch of seven black-and-whites in the Sigiria side of Karura Forest, including one babe-in-arms. The project is part of FKF’s continuing effort to return Karura to its original state to provide ecosystem services for all.

The Karura Colobus monkey transaction project is one of the most successful ever undertaken for arboreal primates with a success rate of 94%!

Peter Fundi and his team from the Institute for Primate Research have continued to brave steep slopes and colobus-unfriendly farmers on the edge of the Aberdares to capture and release into Sigiria 29 monkeys. The forth and last batch of monkeys was held at the new acclimatisation cage not far from Junction 69 for two days and released to freedom on Friday, 4 March.

The target of 120 in the Main Forest and 30 in Sigiria — calculated on the basis of estimated availability of food plants for the monkeys — was nearly reached just as the capture permit from the Kenya Wildlife Service expired. The total number in Karura is now 142, including seven infants conceived and born in the forest: a great start for a health population.

The black-and-whites are settling in and beginning to spread out. Andrew Kuria, the IPR-FKF Colobus Field Assistant reports that the Sigiria newcomers all are doing well and a few have penetrated as far as Junction 63. And in the main forest,  they are regularly spotted along the Family Trail between Junctions 2 and 3, and now, with the holding cage moved closer to the Karura River, along the Mau-Mau Trail and near Junction 23.

The re-ntroduction of Colobus Monkeys (Colobus guereza kikuyuensis) began in early 2014. 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 releasees 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.

 

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.

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.

Apr 25

Useful Karura Contact Numbers

Kenya Forest Service
John Orwa, Chief Forester …… 0727 818963
Corporal Kuloba ..…….……. 0721 409662

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.