Forest Activities

What You Can Do In Karura Forest

Karura Forest is open to all visitors who share a love for nature and common respect for Kenya’s unspoilt natural beauty. There is a modest entry fee (see here), and all proceeds go to maintaining Karura safe and secure.

There are many things to do in Karura, and all activities are guided by the principal:

Leave nothing behind but footprints, take nothing away but memories.

Wangari MaathaiRemember –  Karura’s late beloved Patron, Prof. Wangari Maathai was quite clear. She did not want Karura to be turned into an ‘amusement park’, but rather kept undeveloped to serve as the green lungs and water catchment of Nairobi, and a place for all people to enjoy quietly and contemplate the importance of our environment.


Currently, visitors are enjoying:
  • Walking
  • Jogging (5-, 10- and 15km trails are marked along forests paths)
  • Tree-Planting
  • Just Sitting
  • Bird-watching
  • Dog-walking (on-leash, except in designated sign-posted areas — see Dog Guidelines)
  • Gathering in designated areas for any number of events: Educational tours, Concerts, Weddings, Team-Building, Exhibitions, Dog-training, Sport & Fitness…
  • Horse-riding
  • Mountain-biking
  • Tennis (at the KFEET Centre grounds — see Tennis Guidelines, below)

Activities in Karura

An obstacle fitness course is under construction in the Sigiria portion of the forest, just inside the Thigiri Lane gate.

Vehicles may be parked at the two main entrance gates (off Limuru Road and at the end of Thigiri Lane).

Driving is only permitted between the Limuru Road gate and the KFEET Centre. Speed limit strictly 20 kph.

Please note – for protection of wildlife, safety in the forest, and enjoyment of other visitors, no motorbikes,  loud music, campfires or fireworks are allowed.

Do Not Litter
(use the litter bins, or, better, if you bring it in, take it out)


Dog Guidelines

Dog-walking, especially in an urban environment is an excellent exercise and pastime for both dogs and owners. For a pleasant experience for dogs, owners and other forest visitors, please adhere to some simple guidelines. Having dogs in a national Forest Reserve is a privilege not a right. For your own dog’s safety, all dogs must be …

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Tennis Courts at KFEET

Tennis Guidelines

Visitors to Karura are welcome to use the tennis courts at the KFEET Centre. Please note the following: Proper tennis shoes should be worn on courts two and three. All bookings should be done one day in advance to avoid inconvenience. All bookings should be done through Ben Kauma (0721 555 867) or Pius Gitau …

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Northern Bike Track

Trail Biking

                    Visitors to Karura Forest can now hire a sturdy multi-speed trail bike to use on designated forest trails.  There are two bike depots: one on the KFEET grounds best accessible through Gate A (Limuru Road) or Gate D (off ICRAF Road), and a second rental …

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Karura Forest Nursery

One of Karura’s many secrets is the venerable KFS nursery in the far eastern side of the main forest, inside the new electric fence, just north of FKS Headquarters. It has been in operation for more than half a century and is well worth a visit to buy trees for your garden or just walk …

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Karura in the Media

Karura on the Air and in the Press Nowadays, Karura Forest is in the media for all the good reasons: it is a place of rest and relaxation, a green haven and key component to a healthy Nairobi environment. It is also a superb example of how land-grabbing, corruption and uncontrolled development can be kept …

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