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Why I could never resist the call of nature – Oloolua Nature Trail


Why I could never resist the call of nature – Oloolua Nature Trail

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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.

Travelling and photography for conservation!. Beyond the trails globo is a travel /photography blog that is going to contain a lot of my travel adventures,eye catching photos of the wonders of nature,it will include tips to travellers,advice reviews and hopefully interviews with various travelling agencies and tourism boards. The main objective of this blog is to promote conservation of flora and fauna through travel and photography” travelling for conservation and simply because photography is a love affair with life...oops am lost in love with nature”.



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