- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
Kenyans seeking a getaway and a venue that offers a moment of serenity can visit Karura Forest.
The venue, which was voted the 4th best attraction out of 122 things to do in Nairobi this year on travel review website, TripAdvisor, offers people an escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city’s commercial business district.
Nature and all its beauty greet you as you enter Karura; the beautiful scenery is created by the towering trees which whisper across your face as the calm wind blows.
For those seeking to get some exercise can choose to take nature walk inside the forest or hire bikes at bikes for hire for Sh500 for a two-hour hire, at the Gate C entrance otherwise known as Sharks Gate.
The waterfalls and caves are located some kilometers away the how far the distance depends on the entrance one uses. The waterfalls are 15-metre high flow into the Karura River, they provide a calmness as one watches the water cascade down the rocks.
A few kilometers ahead, are the caves, which were once hideouts for Kenya’s freedom fighters.
Besides the waterfalls and caves, the nature trail is also ideal for dog walking. The dog walkers trail is located on the northern part of the main forest and their owners are required to have them on leash except in designated sign-posted areas to prevent any incidents.
Other activities include; tree planting, bird watching, tennis at the KFEET Centre grounds, horse riding, mountain biking and educational tours among others the ground also allows for concerts, weddings, team building, exhibitions, dog training, sports and fitness activities.
Besides the ‘normal’ bikes, the forest’s administration has also added multi-speed trail bikes for hire which also include motorless motion and can only be ridden on designated forest trails. They can be hired at Sh500 per two-hour daily from 8:00 to 17:00.
‘Normal’ bikes can be hired from 8:00-18:00 however no hires are permitted after 16:00.
Charges to enter the forest are Kenya citizen child ages 3 to 12 inclusive Sh50 and adults Sh100, use of the picnic grounds: Sh150 adults, Sh100 children..
Karura Maps go for Sh200.
Entry is not permitted after 17:45pm and all visitors are required to have left by 19:00 when the forest gates will be closed.