Nairobi, Kenya

Karura Forest

Only about 10 minutes from the Parklands and Westlands neighborhoods of north Nairobi, the Karura Forest is one of the favorite running locations in the city. Thanks to the efforts of Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt conservationists, this green space narrowly escaped development in the 1990s and is now managed by the Kenyan Forest Service. The Forest Service presence makes the trails safe and exceptionally well-maintained. Most of the routes through the forest are rolling but smooth dirt forest roads. The park has mapped various 5, 10, and 15 km running routes, which makes finding a course simple. Main trails are numbered and signposted at every intersection for ease of use.

Note: The forest is open from 6 am to 6 pm daily, and admission is 600 KS for non-resident adults.

Essentials
  • 5, 10, and 15 km routes
  • Rolling
  • Amani Gardens
  • Karura Bus Stop