Mike and I have pretty much spent almost every weekend in Nairobi so far running errands and trying to get our apartment together. We were really sick of going to Nakumatt, which is our everything-store—kind of like a Target/Walmart with groceries. Produce is very cheap here, especially all the things that are grown domestically. But things like button mushrooms are more expensive and usually spoil very easily. Anything imported of course is expensive.
So a few weekends ago we decided to screw the car shopping and go hiking in Karura Forest. The “forest” is really a protected land within the city only a 10 minute drive north of our apartment. It’s like our Central Park if you will. Except really wild and not landscaped at all. It’s pretty cool that something like this is so close to us and within the city. We walked a lot of it in 2 hours, so it’s not huge, but there’s a waterfall and a cave that you can visit inside.
Entrance is 200 KES for adult residents and we bought a map (which was a good idea). We went in through the Limuru Rd entrance which is closest to our apartment (you don’t have to go to the main entrance). We walked up to the waterfall and caves and it was so nice to be in nature and go for a walk. We really miss being able to walk around (no real sidewalks and theft make it an issue here). Most of the times, we were the only ones on the trails, but occasionally we would pass young families or couples. Great place to run or bring your dog. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
One thing I couldn’t capture on photo were the number of butterflies everywhere. All different colors, everywhere! There must have been thousands. I felt like I was walking in a wonderland. The green turquoise ones were especially striking. Unreal.
Mike saw a bushbuck, which is a like a small version of a deer but I was too busy jabbering away about something that I totally missed it. Darn! There are other small animals in the forest, but we didn’t see much probably because it was mid-day and pretty blazing hot. We will definitely be back and can’t wait to explore it some more! The only thing I wish there was is a big lawn where you can relax and picnic. The forest is pretty wild and unkempt so there’s not really a place you can sit and rest.