Friends of Karura Forest http://www.friendsofkarura.org Karura Forest - Secure, Safe, Serene Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:29:34 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-FKF_Logo_Square-32x32.jpg Friends of Karura Forest http://www.friendsofkarura.org 32 32 42246996 Fee Changes as of 1 July 2017 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/2017/06/28/fee-changes-as-of-1-july-2017/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:31:42 +0000 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/?p=2163

Continue reading »]]> 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.

]]> 2163
Karura Forest Photo Competition 2017 – The Winner! http://www.friendsofkarura.org/2017/05/04/karura-forest-photo-competition-2017/ Wed, 03 May 2017 21:30:46 +0000 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/?p=2118

Continue reading »]]> 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!

 

]]> 2118
Forest Gates to be Locked at 19:00 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/2017/03/29/forest-gates-to-be-locked-at-1900/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:37:05 +0000 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/?p=2012 Gates Locked 19:00

]]>
2012
New Dog Policy – Please Help Enforce http://www.friendsofkarura.org/2017/03/03/control-your-dog-even-in-off-leash-areas/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:49:35 +0000 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/?p=1968

Continue reading »]]>  

Kindly be advised that continuing abuse of the dogs-on-leash rules has forced the Joint Management Committee to tighten the policy concerning walking dogs in Karura Forest.

Please note that as of the coming weekend (22 July), if visitors are found with dogs off-leash in on-leash areas OR with dogs out of control in any area, they will be summarily escorted out of the forest and banned from entry for a period of six months. If there is an infringement after that, they will be permanently banned.

The fact is, continued flouting of common-sense dog and dog-owner behaviour could lead to a total ban on dogs in the forest!

Dog owners-walkers comprise a small minority of visitors to Karura, and of those, the consistent rule-breakers are even fewer. Yet these few persons are jeopardising the privilege for all.

Please spread the word, to non-members as well, and help us maintain the privilege by admonishing dog owners whom you see infringing the rules, and, of course, by obeying the rules yourselves.

Thanks for your cooperation and continuing support.

Click here for more Dog Guidelines.

]]> 1968
Updated Karura Forest Map Now Available http://www.friendsofkarura.org/2016/12/22/updated-karura-forest-map-now-available/ Thu, 22 Dec 2016 04:38:55 +0000 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/?p=1929 New Karura Map

]]>
1929
Bikes now for hire at Kiambu Road gate http://www.friendsofkarura.org/2016/09/12/bikes-now-for-hire-at-kiambu-road-gate/ http://www.friendsofkarura.org/2016/09/12/bikes-now-for-hire-at-kiambu-road-gate/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:54:24 +0000 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/?p=1881

Continue reading »]]> 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!

]]> http://www.friendsofkarura.org/2016/09/12/bikes-now-for-hire-at-kiambu-road-gate/feed/ 2 1881
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/2016/05/25/tripadvisor-certificate-of-excellence-2015/ Wed, 25 May 2016 03:00:36 +0000 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/?p=1530

Continue reading »]]>


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.

]]> 1530
Tara Path Now On-Leash for Dogs http://www.friendsofkarura.org/2015/09/29/tara-path-now-on-leash-for-dogs/ Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:31:06 +0000 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/?p=1647

Continue reading »]]> 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.

]]> 1647
Useful Karura Contact Numbers http://www.friendsofkarura.org/2014/04/25/useful-karura-contact-numbers/ Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:40:32 +0000 http://www.friendsofkarura.org/?p=1348

Continue reading »]]> 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.

]]> 1348