Within the leafy suburb is the natural undisturbed Oloolua forest home to Institute of Primate Research, and on it, Oloolua Nature Trail. The forest sits on 250 hectares boasting of an indigenous tropical dry forest. It has Bagathi river with a 7m waterfall, 33m long cave and a papyrus swamp. Clean tropical air contrasts sharply with the polluted air of the city.
Oloolua Forest is only 24km from Nairobi city centre within the affluent Karen suburbs. In the neighbourhoods are Karen Blixen Museum, Giraffe centre(AFEW), Nairobi national park, Nairobi Animal Orphanage, David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage(DSWT), Kazuri beads industry, Mamba village, The Tamambo, Ngong Hills
It is run by and managed by the National Museums of Kenya. It also runs this bio-medical research facility, Institute of Primate Research (IPR). The research was established by the renowned Leaky family. Louis Seymour Bazett, famously known as Dr LSB and Dr Cynthia Booth, who relocated to Kenya from Ghana after her husband died suddenly. He was a primate researcher.
The forest is an indigenous tropical with a good canopy shed old leaves to the ground. The rotting vegetation supports insects and rejuvenates the soil. The birds sing their choruses, monkeys jump from one tree to another, while the Bagathi river hums with a waterfall roaring 7m drop. Occasional sightings of primates, hyena, bushbuck, warthog, wild cats, bats and variety of birds.
Pickup from your hotel at 8:00 am and drive towards Karen. We check in at the gate, Oloolua Forest. We embark on nature trail circuit with our snacks and water. The trail meanders through the tall trees canopy, shedding some patches of sun rays to the ground. The fresh aura is so soothing and rewarding. The trail will take us to the miniature waterfall, bamboo clusters along the river, the cave and the papyrus marsh. There are benches at designated resting points. Some have facilities for piped water, pit latrine and trash bins. We shall complete our circuit to the gate and drive to Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden for a well-deserved late lunch. We drive back to your hotel.