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Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest

Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
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Diani Beach, Kenya
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

When last did you hug a HUGE tree? Make sure you visit Kaya Kinondo to do that and learn about the Mijikenda people who used to live here. We had a very enthusiastic guide who was very knowledgeable about the Kaya and all the fauna and flora in it. It was very interesting to hear about (and sample!!) the medicinal... More

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Bordeaux, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Its one of the few historical things to do around, its nice for the stories but quite overpriced considering what you get.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Wonderful to learn that there exist very reserved communities. They believed in ancestors' existence traced to centuries but good they opened for public so we can learn.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We had a very good guide take us on a walk in the Kaya! It is so beautiful in there, we enjoyed the stories of the local Mijikenda people and also it was fascinating to see the trees and hear about their medicinal use. We also did the village walk and sampled the nice coconut wine.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The forest affords a was very laid back walk through some tall trees growing out of coral base, The guide wrapped us in black cloths to walk around and listen to his hour long spiel.Probably we should have done more research in advance. good for a quiet afternoon bike ride from Diani Beach.

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Nairobi
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

As said in a previous review, one does need to wear good sporty or leather shoes, otherwise you'll have a problem walking on the coral rock. The tour was insightful and it was nice to just walk through the forest. However, it's not a very memorable experience as such. But good to satisfy one's curiosity

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Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Wear solid shoes as the ground is quite rough in places due to the ancient coral rock underfoot. The history of the local people given by the guide was probably more interesting than the actual forest as there was not so much to see besides trees! However it was delightful to come across red squirrels, which was a first for... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

A very hippy-eque visit, but well worth a trip! Tree huggers unite! (I actually thoroughly enjoyed hugging the trees) The history and story's told while at this place are quite magical and special, and add to the experience. Lovely to see tradition being kept alive. I particularly liked the trees branches that the monkeys make skipping ropes and swings from... More

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

A wonderful project that informs us travellers, keeps the traditions alive and most importantly works towards helping local people benefit from the tourist trade in Diani Beach. Which can be difficult as tourists rarely leave their hotel complexes. Please get out and visit and support this amazing project

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london
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We visited the sacred forest as part of a little excursion with the lovely Tebbra and what a wonderful place. Our guide took us through explaining the local customs and beliefs and gave us a real insight into how the tribe lives. Well worth a visit and to support this worthwhile project.

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