A visit to Karura Caves & Waterfalls makes you marvel at how much peace and natural beauty can exist in the middle of a bustling metropolis. It’s around 5 kilometers outside of Nairobi’s major business center, near Karura Forest. The northern up-market neighborhoods of Muthaiga, Runda, and Gigiri, with Kiambu Road on one side and Limuru Road on the other, surround this 564-hectare forest.
Over the years, this forest has been plagued by issue after controversy, with logging and land grabs reducing it to its current size from the legally gazetted forest area of 1041 hectares in 1994. Wangari Maathai, the late Nobel Laureate, and other environmentalists battled and continue to fight the corrupt administration of former President Daniel Arap Moi to protect this forest.
How to Get There
The Karura Caves and Waterfalls are located on Kiambu Road, across from CID Headquarters and one kilometer from Muthaiga Golf Club. Alternatively, they may be reached by the Limuru Road Gate, which is close to the Belgian Embassy.
If you’re taking public transportation, take matatus 100 or 11B, 11F, or 107A to the Kiambu Rd entrance, or matatus 11B, 11F, or 107A to the Limuru Rd entrance.
Take Muranga Road until you reach the Muthaiga Roundabout, then turn left into Kiambu Road. The Karura Forest Gate turnoff is roughly 300 meters to the left of Muthaiga Golf Club. You may also take Limuru Road and enter through the gate on that road, which is direct across from the Belgian Embassy.