Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest

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alchemista
Larkspur, CO238 contributions
Difficult to access, bug bites, and no guide help
Jan 2021
Our review is skewed because we had an issue, but there are some major things to know about:
1. Getting to this location requires several kilometers down a rough road. The Uber drivers in Diani would not go there for the Uber fare as it's too rough on the car. We had to walk to a resort on the way back to finally get a number of a driver that would come. Charge - 1000 ksh each way from that driver.

2. Ants got all over us right away on the walk, biting us up so badly that we had to quit the tour and get out of there. I think the ants might have been inside the black wrap that they give you to take the tour. The guide just stopped and stared at us as we had ants crawling and biting us - we expected some sort of help or information, it was awkward as we were getting eaten with no help.

3. It's too much time and information for children, so I do not recommend it for families. For adults, the background pre-tour information was more interesting than the actual forest walk or story.

4. The entrance fee is high for what you get, relative to other attractions.

If you are REALLY into tribal spiritual life, then I'd recommend it for you. However, if you are just seeing this as a possible attraction in Diani Beach, I would not recommend.
Written 31 January 2021
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midwifeisrael
2 contributions
Thankful
Jan 2021 • Friends
The walk in the forest was refreshing and a beautiful start of the day. Salim was a lovely guide who was knowledgeable and explained about his traditions and the plants, and animals.Thankful for a beautiful morning in the forest.
Written 3 January 2021
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PGTips100
London72 contributions
A wonderful learning experience
Aug 2020
This sacred forest is not on most people's bucket list when they go to Kenya but if you are in the area I highly recommend a visit, especially if you are into nature, spirituality, learning about medicinal plants/trees and local culture and traditions. They charge 1000 ($10) per person + tips are extra. The tour around the forest lasts about an hour. Our guide Mohammed was very nice and knowledgable and told us about the uses of the different plants and trees.

Most people spend their whole time at Diani beach but learn very little about local culture. Visiting Kaya Kinondo is an opportunity to do so as well as understand the importance of medicinal plants and the eco system.

Go visit the forest and enjoy nature's gifts!
Written 28 August 2020
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sdmmb
Brussels, Belgium1 100 contributions
Interesting spot
Aug 2020 • Family
Worth a quick visit to learn about forest and importance to local community. Walk and explanation takes about 35 mins.
Written 8 August 2020
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Caroline s
Newquay22 contributions
Very interesting and informative trip to a sacred forest
Feb 2020 • Friends
We did the 1:30-2h walking tour in the forest with a guide showing us all kinds of trees with medicinal properties. He explained the ways of life of his ancestors and current people.
I did not give 5 stars just because they were not overly helpful in helping out with a cab back and the payment seemed a bit informal (no ticket...just cash in hand). Obviously we believe the money raised goes into community projects, but it would be nice to be sure.
The forest is located a bit south of diani beach so maybe book an Uber to get there and agree the return (much cheaper than using cabs if you look like a tourist).
Written 6 March 2020
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BackpackingTony
Vancouver, Canada119 contributions
Stunning forest and a great guide.
Feb 2020 • Solo
Wonderful tour and a good insight into the local culture. My guide Hamza was knowledgeable about the pants and area. He showed me how the locals use the plants as medicine. Hamza told me how the locals live with nature in the forest. Definitely recommended for any travellers in Diani
Written 1 March 2020
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Elaine T
Trinidad29 contributions
Peaceful tour
Dec 2019
There is something about the sacredness of the place and the respect with which the tour guide had for his job and the space that I really enjoyed.
I was also fascinated by the limestone/coral - the ground is quite stony and it is a wonder to me that it can support trees etc.
Written 20 January 2020
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Catherine
Wetzlar, Germany5 contributions
Fantastic Guide and Beautiful Forest
Dec 2019
It was really a random trip to the forest as we didn't plan this in our itinerary from the start. However, we definitely love this place! It's a beautiful forest and our guide Hamsa was a star! He was knowledgeable and showed us many different plants and tell us about the medicinal properties of these plants and what the people would do with these leaves, seeds and bark of the various trees to heal themselves. We find this to be very important information and we hope that people like Hamsa will be better recognised in their work of trying to protect their culture and also to pass on their knowledge of the medicinal properties that different species offer to the next generation and others! :-)
Written 6 January 2020
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Michal53
Slovakia10 contributions
Kaya kinondo sacret Forest
Nov 2019 • Couples
Kaya forest is worth to visit when you stay in Diani beach. Guide Will tell you about history, religion and how people were leaving in symbiosis with nature.
Written 10 November 2019
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Fantajan
Pretoria, South Africa181 contributions
Swing from the vines and learn about a different culture
Oct 2019
Kaya Kinondo has been on my list of places to visit in Diani for years now and I finally went with my family and several others. Reviews of the place are mixed and I think it has a lot to do with the guide. Hamza was our guide and he was fantastic, young, enthusiastic, well-informed, and very patient with the kids in our group. When you arrive you will receive a length of black cloth which you have to wear around your waist. There are a few others rules to follow out of respect given that this is a sacred place for the Digo people. The forest is relatively compact but densely filled with vegetation - trees that have been there for centuries. Hamza did a great job balancing the interests of the adults with those of the kids. We learned a lot about the medicinal properties of various trees and plants included the Neem and a tree that the Digos call "kick the brain" as the scent of the crushed leaves helps clear up congestion. We learned about the religious practices of the Digo and how they use the sacred forest. And the kids got to swing on some of the vines which helped keep things interesting for them. Be sure to apply bug spray before you enter the forest - there are lots of mosquitos. Kaya Kinondo is definitely worth an hour of your time when in Diani. While most come to Diani for the beautiful beach, a visit to the kaya will give you a better appreciation for the people that live here.
Written 19 October 2019
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