Karura Forest for a day tour

Karura Forest was recently reserved as a protected forest area by the Government of Kenya in conjunction with Kenya Forest Service. This forest covers 1041 hectares and is one of the largest city – based reserved forests in the world.
Karura_forest_indigenous_forestThis park has its own historical events related to the Laureate Nobel Ms Wangari Maathai who fought with all her energy to conserve this forest amidst so much rebellion even from the then government led by Retired president Daniel A. Moi. She stood her grounds with the support of her fans who shared her conservation values.

The forest contains nearly all the 605 species of wildlife found in Nairobi including three types of antelope. These are include Harvey’s Duiker, Grimm’s Duiker & Bushbucks. Other mammals include Bush pigs, Genet Cats, Civets, Bush babies, Porcupines, Syke’s Monkeys, Ground Squirrel, Hares and the Epauletted-bat.

Reptiles: Include pythons, green snakes and monitor lizards.

Birds: The forest hosts around 200 species of birds including Ayres Hawk-eagle, the African Crowned Eagle, the Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, the Hartlaub’s Turaco, the Narina Trogon, Owls, Crested Cranes, Sparrows, Doves, Weavers and Vultures.

Butterflies: Include the African Queen and Desmond’s Green Banded Swallowtail.

Other attractions at Karura Forest that visitors can enjoy are:
• Mau Mau caves
• Scenic waterfalls and rivers
• Picnic sites
• Marked walking trails
• Small wetlands that are habitats for birds
• The incinerator formerly used by Central Bank of Kenya to burn old currency notes
• The area about which the late Professor Wangari Maathai carried out a campaign against illegal acquisition of forest land.

Other Activities available
• Forest walks
• Forest drives
• Bird watching
• Butterfly watching
• Cycling
• Running
• picnicking

Getting there & getting around
By private transport: The main entrance to Karura Forest is on the Limuru Road just after the Belgian Embassy. However, one can also use either the KFS main gate which is off Kiambu road and opposite CID Headquaters, or the Old Kiambu Gate which is on Old Kiambu road.

By public transport: Matatu (public service vehicle) 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.

Taxi hire from the city centre costs approximately Ksh 1,000.

One can easily get around Karura Forest using the existing network of driving tracks and walking trails. Most sections of the forest are accessible by saloon cars.

Visiting hours
Entry tickets can be purchased at the point of entry between 6:00 am and 5:00 pm. For the current entry fees, contact the numbers at the end of this page.

What to wear and carry
Comfortable walking shoes or trainers, drinking water, binoculars, camera and wildlife books especially for birds and butterflies.

Climate
There are two wet seasons: April-June (long rains) and October-December (short rains). In between, days are sunny and dry except for July and August which is usually cool and cloudy. The average annual rainfall in Karura is 930 mm.

Important things to remember when visiting Karura forest:
• Enjoy yourself; in addition to seeing, pause and listen regularly.
• Stop to allow wildlife to move off the tracks before you pass.
• Do not feed wild animals.
• Do not start fires in the forest.
• Do not take away animals, animal products, plants or plant parts.
• Do not mark or deface tree stems, stones and other features.
• Avoid unnecessary noise as it disturbs both wildlife and other visitors. Do not exceed 40kph when driving in the forest.
• Take all the litter that you brought away with you.
• Keep to the designated tracks and paths when walking and always be sure of where you are headed to or coming from as orientation in forests can be difficult.

If you need an escorted tour to Karura Forest, kindly get in touch with us on +254-020-2034166 / 722-794124 or send us an email at enquiries@crocodileracers.com – More related day excursions, day tours, day trips, day holidays, please view this link on our website: http://www.crocodileracers.com/kenya-safaris/kenyaonedayexcursions/nairobione1daycitytours

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