Map of Karura Forest – 3rd Revision
The latest full-colour detailed A-3 map (produced by Harvey Croze and the GIS Unit of the Kenya Forest Service) is for sale from entrances to the forest for a new, lower price of KES 200/=. New trails and forest features are indicated, and the map has been protected with a tough new lamination to help map last through folding and rain. New junctions markers on the map — 6a, 33a, 34a, 42, 43, 44 — are being produced but are not yet deployed on the ground. The new map is much easier to use when you are visiting the forest than screenshots of the degraded versions on this webpage. Many thanks to Kenya YellowPages for providing free map printing as part of its CSR.
Running Trails, Dogs Off-Leash Areas
All main junctions on Karura trails are all numbered and sign-posted thanks to a very generous CSR donation from Pelican Signs Ltd. The junction numbers are keyed to the new Karura Forest Map (above) to help visitors get around. For running and walking enthusiasts, there are colour-coded trails: 5 km, yellow; 10 km, blue; and 15 km, green. There are also important reminders of good forest etiquette, such as Do Not Litter and Dogs on Leash (see map below — larger versions will be posted at gates). The northern bike track is also shown with red arrows (see larger map below).
Northern Bike Trail
With the building of a bridge across the Karura River beyond Junction 12a, and the new bike trail from Junction 12 to the bridge, bikers can now access the northern bike trail directly from KFEET. The other direct access to the trail is from the ‘Sharks Gate’ (Gate ‘C’) entrance off Kiambu Road. The gate, which is a point of payment for entry fees, is open seven days a week, 06:00 to 18:00 (gate will be lock at 6PM sharp). There is parking inside the gate and a toilet.
Note that in the northern portion of Karura, two main tracks — Muhugu Trail as well as north of and including Wangari Maathai Track — are currently designated Dogs Off-Leash. South of Wangari Maathai Track dogs must be on-leash. And Tara in the far north is Dogs On-Leash. If you walk your dog on the Off-Leash trails, please keep him or her under Voice Command Control at all times, and don’t allow any chasing of people, bikes or wildlife. Check out the Dog Guidelines.
Security Fence Around KFS Headquarters