Spend an afternoon in a serene, beautiful park in the city.
A Sanctuary in a Congested City
Leave the jammed streets of Nairobi for a relaxing walk in an indigenous forest. This serene, beautiful place is known as Nairobi Arboretum. It is located about 3km from the busy streets of the capital, next to State House and extending to Kirichwa Kubwa River.
This park was established in 1907, as a project to provide fuel for the Kenya Uganda Railway. Trees along the railway line were cut down to provide fuel for a while, until it was clear that indigenous trees took a long time to grow back and there was need for a more sustainable source of fuel. The Deputy Chief Conservator of forests, Mr. Battiscombe spearheaded the establishment of the park, which became a forest reserve in 1932.
Seeds came from as far as Mexico, India and Australia. Now, this park is one of the popular green spaces in the capital city. It is a spectacular park with over 350 species of trees. It is also home to over 100 species of birds, both resident and migrant species. Other animals to see are vervet and syke monkeys, insects and reptiles.
The trails within this park make excellent jogging trails. It is also a popular spot for picnics, team building activities, concerts, weddings and parties. It is the most convenient place to host a family or friends’ picnic in the city. The mature trees offer an excellent shade and a picturesque backdrop for pictures.
To get to Nairobi Arboretum, drive out of town on Kenyatta Avenue. Turn right at the junction after All Saints Cathedral and join State House Road, which takes you to Arboretum Drive. Alternatively, drive to the park through Kileleshwa.