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Karura Forest Guide

Karura Forest is an Urban forest in the north of central Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, it was gazette in 1932 and managed by the Kenya Forest Service.

Karura Forest is around 2,570 acre, it consist of three parts separated by Limuru and Kiambu roads, around 36 percent of the forest contains indigenous upland forest tree species, the forest is also the home of up to 200 species as well as Harveys duikers, bushbucks, bush pigs, genets, honey badgers, civets, bush babies, porcupines, Syke’s monkeys, bush squirrels, hares, fruit bats and various species of reptiles and butterflies.

Karura forest is around 50 km for tourists if they decided to walk, run or explore it with a bike.

Due to its proximity there have been plants to reduce the forest in the favor of housing and development, in the late ’90s there were housing projects that excised portions of the forest conservationists that was lead by Wangari Maathai the leader of Green Belt Movement who later on won a Nobel Peace prize for carrying out a campaign for saving the forest

Karura Forest is the largest of three main gazette forests in Nairobi, the other names are Ngong Forest and Oloolua Forest.

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