Lovely Forest Walk – KAREN SIDE

NurseryIt may come as a surprise to some of you, and others may already know of this place for years…. Ngong Forest Section 1.

A friend of mine told me where to find the gate to this Park earlier this week and on a whim, I decided to pop by, it is on my way home anyhow. I was very happily surprised to enjoy a full hour’s walk in a beautiful forest.

An electric fence guards its entire perimeter and someone is obviously working on making it beautiful, a large nursery is found to the right of the gate.

At first sight I was not impressed, a dirt (car) track leads away from the gate in a straight line and to the left a broad roadway leads down to a water bowzer station at the edge of a dull looking dam.Labrador-Beach

But my dog was keen so we walked on. My first mission: to find the other end, after 10 minutes the noise of the Bypass and Ngong started to fade and the track became more of a path. A few smaller paths lead of to the right but I carried on in a straight line until I did find the far fence. Once I established this was real I followed the paths down to the left. which led me to the first quiet bench beside one of the dams. My cynicism was cured. I enjoyed a full hour’s pleasant walk and highly recommend it to others.Happy-Dog

To get there you must turn on to the bypass at Lenana via the “on-ramp” to Naivasha. The gate is actually located right on the feeder lane (KAREN – NAIVASHA) which means a short pull up if you were coming from town, or an easier approach from Karen. Also, when exiting you basically have to enjoy the bypass up to the Dagoretti Road Overpass, or try the spine tingling U-turn gap,¬†opposite the gravel mine.

Charges are grandly split into Citizen, Resident and Tourist rates..

Citizen Adult 100 Resident Adult 200 Tourist 300
Citizen Child 50 Resident Child 100 Tourist Child 150