Connect with nature!.
Early each morning i use public means of transport “matatus” from Ongata Rongai to Karen, i count myself as a very lucky fellow because the place where i work “ the Institute of Primate Research” is an institution that conducts biomedical research using primates specifically the baboon since the year 1958 . It is found within the cool dry tropical Oloolua forest .
As i walk through the quiet nature trail each morning my mind relaxes , i hear a variety of bird species chirping beautiful melodious songs , they lull me into a reflective mood., i feel the movements of the of the smallest mammals the dikdiks and and on the other sides as i look around i see the playful sykes monkeys jumping from tree to tree and on my lucky days i encounter a whole troop all through. I can’t afford not to take a break and gaze at the gorgeous tree hyraxes as i walk towards the offices , i feel the cool morning breeze and breath fresh tropical air .
Found within the sub-urbs of Karen “a place associated with the affluent” , in Nairobi Kenya ,it is an amazing place for visitors from all walks of life because it has a lot to offer for instance one i s able to do a jog along the trail, bird watching,a walk or just sit and relax of its serenity. Whenever i walk through the trail each morning i meet people walking around with their pets. Are you around Karen and its environs? And you want to achieve a healthy lifestyle then why not walk through Oloolua nature at your own time and rejuvenate your soul?. If you are are more adventurous then why not take evening walks you mighty be lucky enough by meeting the spotted hyena which roam throughout all night till dawn.
The forest has a variety of fascinating attractions: there is the Mbagathi river that cuts through the forest, 20 m foot Water Fall , this will make you feel the tricking water and the chirping birds. Have you ever been to a cave? If not then why don’t you come to Oloolua with a flashlight ,enter the cave and have a look at a whole colony of flying bats? And by the way this Cave was used by the Mau Mau fighters during the colonial period.
You can come and learn about environmental conservation in Oloolua where by you will be guided through the forest by well experienced nature guides, in the forest there is a Picnic site where you can take a break and bite some snacks and enjoy a few drinks, you can also camp within the trail at an affordable fee if you are really looking for life in the bush.
Apapyrus swamp and a Bamboo cliff down the river offers a glimpse of rich biodiversity of the indigenous forest, in addition the forest has an array of other species like the butterflies, locusts, lizards and troops of the playful sykes monkeys .
20kms from the Nairobi city in the sub-urbs of Karen , if you are using public transport you can use bus number 24 found next to Ambassadeur hotel and alight at the junction of Bogani road and Karen road, near the Karen Blixen Museum(commonly known as research by the locals), turn left and walk for approximately 500 meters to get to the trail. If driving from the city centre take Uhuru highway all the way to Nyayo Ntional stadium, then turn right onto Langata road and drive past Bomas of Kenya along the road you will encounter Galleria mall, Mamba village and the Nairobi Snake Park, drive till you get to the junction to Hardy, turn left to Langata South road then right to Bogani road drive till you get to the junction between Bogani road and Karen road, turn left and you will get to Oloolua which is only 500metres away.