In this article, we will have a look at Oloolua Nature Trail entry charges. Oloolua Nature Trail is situated in the upmarket suburb of Karen 250 hectares of the indigenous tropical dry Oloolua forest acts as the household of the Institute of Primate Research (IPR).
The National Museums of Kenya is the institution currently this bio-medical research facility, established the 5km long Oloolua Nature Trail amid this forest, providing an oasis of tranquillity for city residents with a desire to escape the city hustle and bustle.
Visitors who come to do a short walk, jog along the trail, walk their dogs, or simply have a relaxing picnic in the serene setting adore the Oloolua Nature Trail. Organized groups are not left behind. They usually come to learn about environmental conservation through guided forest tours.
The Oloolua nature trail meanders through dense forest vines and undergrowth beneath massive indigenous trees and bushes, in some places following the course of the Mbagathi River, which cuts through the forest. Giant riverside bamboo stands to entice visitors to descend some rickety stairs to the river and rest on benches built beneath the bamboo. Trickling water and chirping birds, are the only sounds that you listen to while resting, lulling you into a reflective mood.
A picnic area with benches, drop toilets, and trash cans provides a pleasant setting for couples or groups to relax, play, or eat a meal in the woods. For those who want to spend more than a day in the forest, a secure campsite with tap water, drop toilets, and firewood for lighting a bonfire is also available. You must, however, bring your tent, food, and cooking utensils.
The last and possibly most spectacular of the forest’s attractions is a 20-foot waterfall near the forest’s entrance. As you make your way to the waterfall, you’ll pass a wooden tower that was built years ago to view a Crowned Eagle’s nest that was nearby. This tower was used by scientists to study the behavior of the Crowned Eagle in its natural habitat.
Unfortunately, human activities and settlements near the forest have caused the birds to migrate away from this safe haven. 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, occasionally bursting upon glades bathed in bright sunlight before diving back under the canopy of the cool forest cover.
How to get to Oloolua Nature Trail
Oloolua Nature Trail is located 20km from the city center in the Karen suburb. If using public means, take matatu number 24 or bus number 24 from the city center, and alight at the junction of Bogani Road and Karen Road near Karen Blixen Museum. Oloolua Nature Trail is 600 meters to your left.
If driving, take Uhuru Highway till Nyayo Stadium, then turn right onto Langata Road and drive past Bomas of Kenya till the junction to Hardy. Turn left onto Langata South Road, then right onto Bogani Road. Drive to the junction between Bogani and Karen Road, then turn left. Oloolua Nature Trail is 600 meters from this junction.
Oloolua Nature Trail Opening Hours
Mondays – Fridays: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Weekends/Public Holidays: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Oloolua Nature Trail Entry Charges
Citizen – Kenya
Residents – East Africa
Oloolua Nature Trail Camping Charges per Night
Adult Citizens Ksh 2.000, Children 1000`
Groups (10 people) Ksh 5000
Residents Ksh 2,500, Children 1,500
Foreigners Ksh 3,000, Children Ksh 1,500
Foreigner group Ksh 8,000
Oloolua Nature Trail Contacts
Phone: 0716 256771
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