Kenyans and overseas tourists will soon be able to visit attractions within Karura Forest and enjoy the beauty of this pristine natural resource.
Karura Forest is set to be opened to the public as a tourist attraction on 26th February 2011 ahead of a planned official inauguration by the President.
The Kenya Tourist Board has partnered with the Kenya Forest Service, under whose docket Karura Forest falls, to provide access road signage and branding of the forest ahead of the official opening.
As a result, the forest will also be marketed extensively, both locally and internationally, as part of the Nairobi tourism circuit which includes the Nairobi National Park and Orphanage, the National Museum, the Railway Museum, the Daphne Sheldrick Centre among others.
Among the attractions that visitors will be able to enjoy are Mau Mau caves, scenic waterfalls, picnic sites, bamboo forest, nature trails and wildlife such as monkeys.
The forest has now been fully fenced off with help from the Friends of Karura and is considered totally suitable for excursions and picnics.
Karura Forest is a 1063ha urban forest located in Nairobi, bordering Runda, Gigiri and Muthaiga estates.
Conservationists, including 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Wangari Maathai have in the past carried out extensive campaigns to save this unique forest.