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Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest

Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
+254 720 650869
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Hiking with local guide

Nice 3km hike in the sacred forest. You need to hike with a guide, who is present at the entrance... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2016
Galymzhan K
via mobile
Spiritual, relaxing place

My best time to spend in this sacred forest. A woman-guide walk me thru the forest explaining... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Diani Beach, Ukunda, Kenya
+254 720 650869
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Reviewed 1 May 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
Reviewed 9 April 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...More

Thank KrystynaLasVegas
Reviewed 25 March 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...More

Thank Anders T
Reviewed 22 March 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...More

Thank Rakesh Y
Reviewed 17 February 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...More

Thank Emellee
Reviewed 24 January 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...More

Thank Kmolz
Reviewed 6 October 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

Thank c0pl0
Reviewed 18 September 2015

this is a great place to go , you will be supplied with a lot of information and is extremely interesting place to go which i am sure you will enjoy.

1  Thank icw
Reviewed 27 August 2015

Traversing through the sacred forests was both scary and also exciting for me. Scary because the traditions demand that women wrap around their hips with kikoy, and also in the forest you have to observe some degree of restraint in noise levels. Exciting because the...More

1  Thank Kareithi M
Reviewed 15 August 2015

My wife visited this Kaya Kanondo forest and came back extremely exited about the culture of the Digo community, the many varieties of trees in this forest and reverence to which the Digo community behooves this sacred forest. Nice place to visit for nature walks...More

1  Thank Andrew A
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Grace M
6 January 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.