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Nairobi Hiking Tour 5 KM Oloolua Nature Trail Karen is an excursion to Oloolua Nature Trail situated 20 km’s from the city centre in the Karen suburb.
Activities include: jogging, picnic, camping, short hikes, bird watching guided tours in the forest, visiting the caves, swamps and waterfalls.
Oloolua covers 250 hectares of indigenous tropical dry forest and is home to the Institute of Primate Research (IPR).
The National Museums of Kenya, the institution that runs this bio-medical research facility, established the 5 km’s (3 miles) long Oloolua Nature Trail in part of this forest, providing an oasis of tranquility for city residents looking to escape the city hustle and bustle.
Nairobi Hiking Tour 5 KM Oloolua Nature Trail Karen is a favourite with visitors coming to do a short hike, to jog along the trail, to walk their dogs, or just for a relaxing picnic in this serene setting.
Organized groups also come to learn about environmental conservation through guided tours in the forest.
Nairobi Hiking Tour 5 KM Oloolua Nature Trail Karen
The Oloolua nature trail meanders through thick forest vines and undergrowth below giant indigenous trees and bushes, in some places following the course of the Mbagathi River that cuts through the forest.
Giant riverside bamboo stands beckon you to descend some rickety stairs to the river and rest on benches built under the bamboo. Trickling water and chirping birds, the only sounds you hear as you rest, lull you into a reflective mood.
Further along the trail close to the river, you encounter a 33 meter long cave. If you brought a flashlight with you, an exploration of this dark subterranean world takes you through numerous underground caverns reputed to have once been home to Mau Mau freedom fighters during the colonial period of Kenya’s History.
A thick pile of guano underfoot and the occasional disturbance of bats flitting past you bring to your attention the existence of a bat colony within. A papyrus swamp further down the river offers a further glimpse into the rich biodiversity of this indigenous forest.
From here on, the trail climbs out of the river valley, occasional bursting upon glades bathed in bright sunlight before diving back under the canopy of the cool forest cover.
A picnic site complete with benches, drop toilets and trash bins offers a nice setting for couples or groups to rest, play or enjoy a meal within the forest.
For those wishing to spend more than a day in the forest, a secure campsite is also available complete with tap water, drop toilets, and firewood for lighting a bonfire.
You’ll have to bring your own tent, food and cooking utensils though. Last and perhaps the most spectacular of the attractions in the forest is a 20-foot waterfall close to the forest entrance.
As you pick your way along the trail to the waterfall, you’ll go past a wooden tower that was constructed some years back for viewing a Crowned Eagle’s nest that was situated nearby.
Scientists used this tower to study the Crowned Eagle’s behaviour in its natural habitat. Sadly, human activities and settlements close to the forest have resulted in the birds migrating from this haven.
Nairobi Hiking Tour 5 KM Oloolua Nature Trail Karen Prices
Nairobi Hiking Tour 5 KM Oloolua Nature Trail Karen Prices Include:
Guide + Armed Security provided + A guided forest walk and waterfall visit + All conservancy and entrance fees to Oloolua Nature trail + Transportation from your Nairobi hotel/ residence to the Ngare Ndare Forest and back to Nairobi & It does include the activity of choice (advance notice is required if you choose to other activities other than hiking)
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* You can bring along bird guide books, binoculars, cameras and some drinking water
* Open daily: Mondays – Fridays: 9:00am – 6:00pm including Weekends/ Public Holidays
* Dressing may depend on the weather but generally light clothing and walking shoes are recommended
* The walks last 1 to 2 hours on average. We will allocate you a guide experienced in birding and an armed ranger
Nairobi Hiking Tour 5 KM Oloolua Nature Trail Karen Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Minimum of one person required
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)