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Nairobi Arboretum

The Nairobi Arboretum

A paradise within a city has got to be the best experience for anyone seeking tranquility. The Nairobi Arboretum is a special place that helps you become one with mother nature.

Listed among the spots one can get the best safaris in Kenya, the Nairobi Arboretum is a revered wildlife destination.

A wildlife safari is not complete without visiting the Nairobi Arboretum.


Located 3 kilometers away from Nairobi’s central business district, the Nairobi Arboretum is a documented tree conservation area. The Nairobi Arboretum sits on 30.4 hectares of land in Kilimani area, Nairobi West. It is accessible via the State House Road or the Arboretum Road. It is a few minutes drive from the Arboretum drive. You can also jog or walk to the arboretum grounds.


In the year 1907, a tree conservative saw an opportunity to salvage diminishing tree species in Nairobi. The man behind the noble mission was Mr. Battiscombe. In his authority as deputy conservator of forests, Mr. Battiscombe initiated the conservation of over 300 indigenous and exotic tree species. To secure the conservation project, the Nairobi Arboretum was classified under the protected forest reserves. The gazettement of the parcel of land was inked in the year 1932. That way, the Nairobi Arboretum officially fell under the jurisdiction of the Kenya Forest Service.

A scenic beauty

A wildlife safari in the Nairobi Arboretum is enriched by the presence of over 100 bird species. This follows the ever increasing number of tree species that grace the parcel of land. Bird watchers can view and study a wide range of local and migrant birds. Aside from birds, the site provides a conducive dwelling place for butterflies, monkeys, rodents, hedgehogs, squirrels, mongooses and bats.

The current wildlife statistics at the Nairobi Arboretum show that there are over 100 bird species. If you love bird-watching, you can also sample the 200 species in the Karura Forest Reserve. Two dominant monkey species exist. They include the Vervet (Black-faced Guenon) and the Sykes (Blue monkey) monkey species. Other animals gracing the arboretum grounds include the Greater Galago, Jackson’s three-horned chameleon, striped skink, fruit bats, mongooses, squirrels, a four-toed hedgehog, a high casqued chameleon, and the Kenya mole-rat. As a spice to the scenic beauty, eight butterfly varieties color the vegetation in the arboretum.

Activities you can engage in the Nairobi Arboretum grounds

A love hub

Not only does the site have a rich source of biological information, but also provides an avenue for visitors to bond with their loved ones. The grounds on the arboretum are perfect for private social events such as engagement and wedding ceremonies. There are marked areas for picnics. You get to enjoy private conversations and meals with your family and friends.

An exercise zone

An association dubbed The Friends of the Nairobi Arboretum is credited for making the site convenient for personal fitness. Jogging trails are marked around the expanse of land. You can have a comfortable run up to 2.5 kilometers. The walkways within the site allow for leisurely strolls. The peaceful environment is perfect for yoga enthusiasts. The ample space on the arboretum grounds provide corporate entities with an avenue for conducting team building exercises. The distraction from the hectic city work environment relaxes the minds and allows team members to socialize.

A worthwhile venture

If you love mother nature, the Nairobi Arboretum is the place to be. It is proximal to the country’s capital city. You can either walk or drive to the site as it is only 3 kilometers away from the central business district. The breath of fresh air is a gift to the lungs. You get to experience the jungle feeling with monkeys jumping from one tree to another and squirrels scattering from one point to another. Moreover, you can engage your morning or evening runs with birds cheering you on.

At Zunguka Africa Safaris, we will make your trip to the Nairobi Arboretum a worthwhile venture. Book with us for this phenomenal wildlife safari.

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