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Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest

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Address: Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
Phone Number: 720650869
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Very nice trip with Luchi Hassan

We have been annoyed with the beachboys on the Tiwi/Diani beach as everybody was/is/ and propably will be. One of these guys (called himself Jeyjey)even scammed us for 2000 Ksh... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 4, 2014
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Nuremberg, Germany
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Nairobi, Kenya
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Taking a walk through the sacred forest was beautiful and almost magical. It's unbelievable that many of these forests have been destroyed.

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Mombasa, Kenya
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Experience of Kaya Kinondo – the sacred forest cannot be described by words alone. One has t obe ready to receive in order to experience. I discovered that the deeper I went, the more still and serene it became. I not only found tranquillity and an unusual kind of peace but also came to realize what life was all... More 

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Nuremberg, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We have been annoyed with the beachboys on the Tiwi/Diani beach as everybody was/is/ and propably will be. One of these guys (called himself Jeyjey)even scammed us for 2000 Ksh (he didn't show up!!!), but we have found a rare exception. Luchi Hassan came to us on Tiwi beach, he told us, that he can take us with his Motorcycle... More 

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Diani Beach, Kenya
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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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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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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