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Address: Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 720 650869
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Great guided tour through the forest. But call and prebook or no guides may be there. Avoid midday heat and go in the morning or late afternoon. Takes 1.5 hours.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 21, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Great guided tour through the forest. But call and prebook or no guides may be there. Avoid midday heat and go in the morning or late afternoon. Takes 1.5 hours.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Me and my boyfriend called the number on the Kaya Kinondo website the day before to arrange transport there. Otherwise, I'm sure you can get a taxi from your hotel. We got there and were received by the guide who explained us a little bit more about the history of the forest. We then had a 1h guided tour of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

This is special forest which can only be visited with a guide. it is better to phone ahead to confirm there is one there especially if you want to go early while it is cool. Allow 2 hours for a full tour. Better if you don't have mobility problems. Very safe and quite different form the beach attractions. its alittle... More 

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Thank Neil H
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

I have never visited such a place rich in cultural heritage as well as sacred ambience on it. The respect that's upheld at this kaya makes you do some soul searching. One has to tie a black kanga as a sign of respect to the spirits residing in the holy forest. Through the nature trail one gets to learn of... More 

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Thank Michelle O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

Kaya Kinondo is an unusual experience. It is a small forest which used to be the main centre of civilisation in this area where the people would use all the trees for food and medecine. Ancient customs still exist like wearing a black cloak to enter the forest and witchdoctors!

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Thank Linzi K
Morlaix, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest is a really nice and peaceful place worth the visit. The walk in the forest guided by local people living in the area is interesting. You should learn a lot of things about the wildlife of this region. You will probably have the chance to see some black and white colobus. And if you are lucky,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Nice 3km hike in the sacred forest. You need to hike with a guide, who is present at the entrance and who explains what this place is about, how locals used to live and some medicines they used. The hike costs 1000 Kenyan Shillings (10$). We saw a family of monkeys in the forest.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016

My best time to spend in this sacred forest. A woman-guide walk me thru the forest explaining different trees they use even today as a medicine, how to hug a tree if you feel lonely. If you looking for nature,peace and quiet and some spiritual lift , go for it.

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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

You can choose, and I am not the expert. Visiting Kya Kinondo is an enlighting experience and gives a glimpse of the history og the east coast. If you do not care about the kenyan culture and history you can stay at your resort. Getting a tan is ofcourse also important.

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Thank Anders T
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2016

This is a sacred location and is guarded by interesting myths and beliefs of the local Mijikenda community. The beliefs may sound absurd and crazy but for the longest time they have enabled the locals to safely conserve the forest. And today, a walk through this indigenous forest, brings you to the purest heart of mother nature in its peaceful... More 

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