Karura Forest Photo Competition 2017

Photo Competition 2017Karura Forest offers visitors some 50 km of well-maintained secure trails for visitors to walk, run or bike, as well as for FKF staff to have access for restoring the forest to its natural state and maintaining it for future generations. Wherever you roam in the forest, you will be ‘on the trail’.

Thus the theme of our 2017 Photo Competition is KARURA TRAIL VIEW. We ask you to share what you (and your camera) see from one or more of Karura’s many trails. Show us your special vision from the trail (not off-trail, please!).

Click here for the Official Rules.

Email not more than three entries to photocomp2017@karurafriends.org before 31 May. Cash prizes to be won.

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!

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 112 Things to Do) in Nairobi.

 

May 04

Karura Forest Photo Competition 2017

Photo Competition 2017Karura Forest offers visitors some 50 km of well-maintained secure trails for visitors to walk, run or bike, as well as for FKF staff to have access for restoring the forest to its natural state and maintaining it for future generations. Wherever you roam in the forest, you will be ‘on the trail’.

Thus the theme of our 2017 Photo Competition is KARURA TRAIL VIEW. We ask you to share what you (and your camera) see from one or more of Karura’s many trails. Show us your special vision from the trail (not off-trail, please!).

Click here for the Official Rules.

Email not more than three entries to photocomp2017@karurafriends.org before 31 May. Cash prizes to be won.

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 2016

One again — three years in a row — visitors have given Karura top marks as the 4th best attraction (out of 112 Things to Do) in Nairobi.

 

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.