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Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest

Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
+254 720 650869
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Wonderful outdoor activity

This was a great different option for something to do in Diani. I had travelled there during the... read more

Reviewed May 17, 2017
Joy M
Very nice place to visit

We visited the forest by walking from the Sonrisa hotel at Diani (1km aproxim). The person who... read more

Reviewed April 7, 2017
Laura G
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
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Reviewed May 17, 2017

This was a great different option for something to do in Diani. I had travelled there during the off-peak season, in May and the weather was perfect for an easy, refreshing afternoon hike. The on-site guide was really great and I was happy to contribute...More

Thank Joy M
Reviewed April 7, 2017

We visited the forest by walking from the Sonrisa hotel at Diani (1km aproxim). The person who welcomed us explained the overall forest rule and then we proceed to follow him. The park entrance is 2000ksh (ner 20 Usd) pero person, who we found pricy....More

Thank Laura G
Reviewed February 28, 2017

1000 khsh it is a little bit too much but its nice if you have a lot of spare time, beside our guide was fun and very helpful!

Thank Diego R
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.

1  Thank lawnroot
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

1  Thank Lara_Almeida_Broom
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...More

Thank Neil H
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...More

Thank Michelle O
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...More

Thank Linzi K
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...More

Thank StefenBzh
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$)....More

Thank Galymzhan K
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Grace M
Hi, I wanted to visit this hotel over the holidays but the reviews are quite discouraging. Which nearby resorts would you recommend that have a private beach, nice rooms with ac (tv is not necessary) and are clean. my budget is around $50-60 usd for double occupancy. Please advise
January 6, 2015|
Response from LetterFromDiani | Reviewed this property |
Kaya kinonda is a day excursion not a hotel. however - there are several facilities within galu kinondo. you could get a great bargain considering diani is not exactly very busy right now.