About Karura Forest

Karura Forest Reserve is located in the northern part of Nairobi city and is managed and protected by the Kenya Forest Service. Being one of the largest urban gazetted forests in the world, it contains an astounding 605 species of wildlife and several species of uncommon plants and trees. It is managed by Kenya Forest Service that offers a lot of activities such as cycling, walking, picnics etc.

Must See

Mau Mau caves, Scenic waterfalls and rivers, Picnic sites, Small wetlands that are habitats for birds, The incinerator formerly used by Central Bank of Kenya to burn old currency notes, The area where the late Professor Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, lost her life protecting the forest. 

How to reach

If you would prefer to go by public transport, Matatu numbers 11B, 106, 107, 108, 114 or 116 from Nairobi City Centre will get you to the main entrance on Limuru Road. To use the KFS main gate on Kiambu road, take matatu numbers 100 or 120. A taxi from the city centre costs approximately Ksh 1,000.


  • Try to visit during the morning hours and take your car or taxi to the KFEET point. From there, one can walk to the beautiful caves and waterfall.
  • Visitors to Karura Forest can now hire a sturdy multi-speed trail bike to use on designated forest trails.
  • Charges: KSh 500 for two hours extendable.
  • Visit the forest's gift shop for souvenirs. 
  • Explore the nature trails, you will have an adventure.

Visit Time

Sunday: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday: 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Entrance Fee


Citizen: Adult 100 Ksh, Child 50 Ksh  

Non Resident: Adult 600 Ksh, Child 300 Ksh    

Resident: Adult 200 Ksh, Child 100 Ksh

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Time you can spend

2 to 3 hours


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