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KARURA FOREST RESERVE

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The Karura Forest Reserve covers approximately 2500 acres, one of the largest forests in the world that exists in the suburbs of a city. The land where the reserve is located has long been the site for many struggles, and today, the reserve serves as a symbol for the fight against land grabbing in Kenya. The reserve was given protected status as a result of the works of the Kenya Forest Service and the Friends of Karura Community Forest Association who successfully secured it to be recognized as a key natural resource in the Kenyan urban landscape. Within few miles, you can escape the hectic pace of city life in Nairobi to settle into a natural green space for walking, jogging or simply sitting quietly with a book or picnic (read more on when is the best time to tour Nairobi with AfricanMecca). In addition to the environmental value of the reserve, it also serves as a model for country-based corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, both of which have helped with the continued protection of the land. Thanks to the efforts of the late Dr. Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the founder of the Green Belt Movement.

Within the reserve are many areas of interest, both historical and ecological. The Central Bank once maintained an incinerator on the property to destroy decommissioned currency during the 1990s, and you can still see the old chimney. The Mau-Mau freedom fighters used the sacred caves on the reserve as hideouts, and Lily Lake is the site of an abandoned quarry. The reserve is also home to few archaeological sites, some of which are recently excavated and the findings still being examined. Among these sites, you find a wonderful ecosystem with a variety of bionetwork, flora and fauna, such as a 50-foot waterfall, patches of bamboo, groves of indigenous trees and marshlands inhabited by resident and migratory avi-fauna, such as silvery-cheeked hornbill, ayres hawk-eagle, crested crane, African crowned eagle and many more! Mammals in the reserve include duikers, bushbuck, porcupines, bush pig, genet cat, bush baby, civet baby, honey badger, bush baby and many others. AfricanMecca guests may also spot some of the resident reptiles, such as python, green snakes, monitor lizard and butterflies, such as Desmond’s green banded swallowtail and African queen. When you are in the reserve, it is difficult to believe that you are so close to the urban Nairobi setting!
WHERE TO STAY IN NAIROBI
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WHERE TO STAY IN NAIROBI

Hemingways, House of Waine & Giraffe Manor offer boutique, suburban experiences while deluxe hotels like Norfolk and Serena serve as city lodgings. Palacina allows you to stay away from the urban bustle.

GUIDE ON NAIROBI
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GUIDE ON NAIROBI

Within a relatively short period of time, what was once swampland was reborn into the city of Nairobi, the thriving prime capital of Kenya. The transformation began when the railroad arrived in 1899.

BEST TIME TO VISIT NAIROBI
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BEST TIME TO VISIT NAIROBI

Because Nairobi is at an elevation, year-round temperatures tend to be quite mild. The best time to plan your tour activities is during the dry months of July to October and also January and February.

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK
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NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK

Covering miles of grasslands, forests, rocky valleys, forests and wetlands is Nairobi National Park, Kenya's oldest national park and the only one in the world that is situated amidst a capital city.

AFRICANMECCA REVIEWS

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  • Loretta and I had a great time on our honeymoon. Simiton, your safari guide in Kenya was awesome! He was very professional, very accommodating and very knowledgeable. We are already talking about our next trip to Africa!
    Loretta and Danny Haag - California, United States
  • AfricanMecca Safaris created a remarkable honeymoon tailored to our interests and desires. The quality of service and delivery of experience was unsurpassed. I highly recommend AfricanMecca Safaris to honeymooners, families, or any traveler.
    Noorin & Jason Nelson - Maryland, United States
  • First off, we had the most amazing time ever and wanted to thank you very much. Kenya proved without a doubt to meet all of our expectations. Every detail was thought of on our trip by AfricanMecca and were are all flawless.
    Marcy Burton & Ryan Kerr - Ontario, Canada
  • I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
    Shelley Roberts - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
  • We have returned from our African adventure and would like to thank you very much for your part in making this such a wonderful experience. We were lucky enough to time the Great Migration from the Serengeti, which was amazing.
    Denise Paterson - Belmont, Australia
  • Jambo Raza, It was a wonderful experience in Kenya. Rogers, our guide was superb; knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly. We were treated very well by all your ground team and everything ran smoothly. I enjoyed it all.
    Alan Winner, Minnesota, United States
  • AfricanMecca's professionalism and care understands that what distinguishes Africa is its authenticity, the land, people and wildlife who do not share our world of fashion and fanfare that distinguish so many travel companies today.
    Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson, Conservation Photographers, Authors & Wildlife Documentary Producers - USA

EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR NAIROBI IN CENTRAL KENYA

When visiting Nairobi, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Nairobi attractions and cultural activities before heading out on your Kenya safari to Amboseli, Masai Mara and Laikipia - Lewa ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, or even Mombasa.

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