A Shady Solution: Dogs Off-Leash

The newly extended ‘Shady Path’ parallel to Wangari Maathai Track now helps walkers/runners and dog-owners to better co-exist.  Repeatedly-voiced concerns by dog-shy walkers and runners has led FKF to devise a win-win solution in the northern sector of Karura Forest.

Shady Path for DogsDogs On LeashThe popular stretch of Wangari Maathai Track between Gate-C (a.k.a. Sharks) on Kiambu Road and junction 30 is now a dogs-ON-leash zone.

Dog owners, who comprise less than 5% of Karura visitors, are now requested to use the new Shady Path parallel spur that extends from the gate all the way to to junction 30 (see map below, red dashed line).


The new dogs-off-leash configuration still affords dog-owners a 7-km circuit to walk their pets off-leash. The main difference is that dog walkers must complete their off-leash circuit via the path between junctions 38 and 41. The stretch between junctions 38, 39 and 40 is now dogs-on-leash.

Dogs Off-Leash

Wangari Track from Gate C to Junction 30 now On-Lease. Off-Leash dogs (and owners) should use the parallel Shady Path

Trail bikers will be excited to explore the new stretch of path that skirts the indigenous forests stand of the Karura River valley. (BikersPlease remember to shout ‘Coming through!” And even better, if you are coming from behind: “Track right/left!” or “On your right/left!” to let folks know which side they should step towards.)

Dog owners, please continue to exercise voice control over your pets: keep them on the path, don’t let them run into the forest to chase wildlife or stray back onto Wangari Maathai Track. Even on the Shady Path, if you do meet fellow visitors who seem nervous about dogs, put your pets back on-leash until you are all clear of one another.

Please remind yourself of the Karura dog guidelines here.