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Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest

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Address: Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
Phone Number: 720650869
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Peace and Tranquility

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2016
RakeshCycles
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Morlaix, France
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5 of 5 stars 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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Thank StefenBzh
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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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Saginaw, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

I thought the Kaya Kinondo was a nice experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made our experience a very pleasant one. It is hard to absorb all of the information they tell you, but I definitely learned a lot. The forest is beautiful and you definitely feel something more as you walk through the old religious sites. If you... More 

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Thank Emellee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

Kaya Kinondo offers a cultural side to Diani. It's past the main road so I would recommend having them send a piki piki to pick you up. The tour it's self is interesting you learn about the plants and their uses along with the history and spiritual beliefs of the Digo. Afterwards you go through the village which is quiet... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

This was a very special visit of one of the last remaining sacred forests of the original tribe of the Digo, one if the nine Mijikenda people

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