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Haller Park started out life as the Bamburi cement factory which began quarrying coral limestone to make cement in the 1950s. When quarrying stopped in 1971 the result was an enormous unsightly depression about which the experts said nothing could be done due to the sterile nature and salinity of the earth. The factory owners, however, turned to an optimistic Swiss agronomist, René Haller, who accomplished one of the most remarkable environmental rehabilitation projects anywhere in the world. Part of the process involved the planting of Casuarina trees and subsequent introduction of hundreds of thousands of millipedes that helped convert the infertile sand into soil, able to support the lush tropical forest that now prevails.

 

FOREST TRAILS
The Forest Trails, located 1 km from Haller Park, form a rare facility designed specifically for outdoor recreation.

THE TRAILS
There are four carefully designed trails meandering through the developing landscapes in the former quarry. The 3.6km leisure walk lets you experience alternating landscapes from barren quarries to lush rehabilitated forest.

Keep fit on the jungle jogging trail that's 4km or bike and exercise it through the 1.7km Vitaparcours. For the really fit there is a 10km bic-athalon. Lucky cyclists may meet the Eland and Oryx herd along the trail.

BUTTERFLY PAVILLION
Visit the serene Butterfly Pavilion started in 1998. A leisurely walk around the exhibition house gives you the opportunity to appreciate butterflies in their lovely iridescent colours.

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HALLER PARK

bar Enjoy drinks or a meal at the Whistling Palms restaurant.

Stroll through the forest or hitch a ride on one of the 60 year old giant tortoises. tortoise

SOUTH QUARY VIEW POINT
See nature and industry coexist in one dramatic kaleidoscope of landscapes. Here you see the early stages of rehabilitation towards a backdrop of open, active quarry.

GIFT SHOP
Supporting local artisans and the community in general, catch the diversity of Kenya's rich culture.

Entrance: 600/= (Residents 200)
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm

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The Haller Park and Forest Trails are sanctuary to many animals including Giraffes, Giant Aldabran Tortoises, Eland, Oryx, Buffaloes, Suni, Duikers, Genet Cats, Bush Babies, Mongoose and over 400 plant and 180 bird species.

Feeding Times:
9.00am & 3.00 pm Giraffes
4.00pm Game Sanctuary
4.30pm Crocodiles
4.45pm Owen & Cleo (Hippos)

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