Nairobi’s Best Nature Trails

written by Eugene Mburu 14th October 2015

Oh Nature. I love nature, who doesn’t? So how about we get fit while exploring the outdoors. Yes? That sounds perfect to me. Fresh air, unforgiving terrains, things to see and explore and you still get to lose some weight. Sign me up! If your not into gyming and being shouted at by instructors, then why not opt for forest fitness instead at the best Nairobi’s nature trails within the city.

Let me suggest 5 Nature Trails for you that WILL NOT disappoint.

Karura Forest


This is the one stop shop for all sorts of jungle fitness. There’s a myriad of forest fitness activities that you can participate in from 18km cycling tracks, Yoga, Tennis, Pilates, to jogging and walking. Plus the scenery is native with waterfalls, butterfly farms, caves et al. You will love it.

Oloolua Nature Trail


If you are looking to do a short hike, quick jog or run with your dog then this tranquil forest in the Karen suburb is the perfect backdrop to your outdoorsy fitness. Explore their meandering river, waterfalls, 33m long cave, papyrus swamp and you can even get to camp if you are that into the outdoors.



The Arboretum is one of Nairobi’s few remaining green spaces, with shaded walkways, picnic lawns and jogging trails. It.s situated about 3km from the city centre and smack in the middle of the leafy suburbs of Kileleshwa, Kilimani and Riverside. It offers expansive jogging trails and never gets too crowded. Plus its free entry all day, everyday.

Nairobi Safari Walk

safari Walk

This is not really a trail where you can go jog or run for fitness, but when the lions and cheetahs start chasing, then I guess you have not otherwise. It simulates wetlands, forests and savannas to reflect the wild habitats these animals flourish in. It is a recreational and learning facility where you walk out as you learn about Kenya’s plant and animal diversity and its conservation.

Ngong Hills

Hiking Ngong Hills

This is not reaaaaalllllly inside Nairobi, but it’s a stone throw away: if you can throw stones really far.  But the magnificent ethereal views are worth the 22km drive out of the city. One one side is a modern view of the beautiful Nairobi and on the other is nature at its best, The Great Rift Valley. The trail which takes about 5 hours is very treacherous as it is steep, thin and foggy and just when you feel the worst is over, you might run into a buffalo. or a herd of them.

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