The Arboretum in Nairobi occupies 30 hectares and holds more than 350 tree species. It is also home to over 100 species of resident and migrant birds, a multitude of insects, reptiles and small mammals, notably the playful Vervet and Sykes’ monkeys.
The Arboretum is one of Nairobi’s few remaining green spaces, with shaded walkways, picnic lawns and jogging trails. It is situated about 3km from the city centre.
The Arboretum is under the management of Kenya Forest Service with the help of Friends of Nairobi Arboretum, a community forest association for Nairobi Arboretum Forest.
The bamboo forest at the Arboretum has become a canvas for worshippers, lovers and friends who frequent the scenic garden and engrave heartfelt messages on the trees.
Reading through the trees feels like listening to people’s innermost confessions.