The Nairobi Arboretum, located along State House Road just about 3km from Nairobi's city centre, has introduced entrance fees for the first time since it was founded in 1907. According to Friends of Nairobi Arboretum (FONA), which manages the popular recreational park in conjunction with the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), the recent introduction of fees on 01 Sept 2016 will help to manage the park sustainably. Tickets are available at the Main Entrance to the Nairobi Arboretum and cost KShs.50 (GBP 0.40 | EUR 0.44 | USD 0.48 | ZAR 7.00) for adults and KShs20 (GBP 0.16 | EUR 0.18 | USD 0.20 | ZAR 3.00) for visitors below 18 years of age. The admission hours are Mondays to Sundays from 07:00 until 17:00 all year round including public holidays and weekends.
The Nairobi Arboretum, one Nairobi's few remaining green spaces, is a 30.4 hectares of wooded landscape. It is home to over 350 species of indigenous and exotic plants, to over 100 species of birds and a significant population of Sykes and Vervet monkeys. The Arboretum was founded by Mr. Batiscombe, then Deputy Conservator of Forests, in 1907. In 1932 it was gazetted as a National Reserve and in 1996 a title deed issued by Commissioner of Land designated the Nairobi Arboretum as a Public Owned Reserve.