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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Rondo is likely the best place you will find to stay in Kakamega Forest. The retreat has a rich history, which is part of its charm. The food, surprisingly, was among the best we've had in Kenya - simple dishes, but prepared with flair and attention to flavour. Alcohol is not served at the restaurant as this is a Christian...

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United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have stayed here several times over the years when I was living in rural Kenya. It really is a very lovely and relaxing place. There are different bungalows/rooms and all are tastefully furnished. There are communal lounges where you can have your tea/coffee after your evening meal. The grounds are really beautifully manicured. We always enjoyed our stays here....

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Bangkok, Thailand
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The retreat is located inside the forest and within beautiful gardens and excellent maintained nature walk. The food is adequate ( nothing special) and alcoholic beverages are not available, however you may bring your own. The staff are very nice and most helpful. The accomodation consists of 4 very small rooms with toilet and shower per duplex building which means...

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Thank dkirwin
Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked in for two nights with a group of friends while attending the Kakamega Forest Marathon in November. Turned out to be the best thing we did! It is indeed a retreat center! Peaceful and quiet with beautiful, perfectly manicured grounds! You can take a short walk into the forest without actually leaving the retreat. They also provide a...

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Stockholm, Sweden
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Spent two nights here and wished i could have stayed longer. As soon as we set foot on the grounds i immediately felt relaxed. The gardens are immaculate, there are a wide variety of birds and also some monkeys that could be spotted right from our front porch. A gate in the gardens lead straight out into the rain forest...

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Thank L_Fields_Sthlm
Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 3 December 2016

The best place in East Africa and possibly the whole of Africa to take time out. Have had several visits here over more than twenty years and the environment and standard is exceptional: cosy, comfortable cottage style rooms serviced to a very high level of cleanliness, beautifully prepared and varied food served by friendly, willing staff. Walk (or sit) in...

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Molalla, Oregon
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful grounds, really good food, beautiful area. Sunrise walk was AMAZING! Downsides, no cellular service, WiFi intermittent and only in the reception area. Power to the rooms also on supplied part of the time.

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Rondo R, Guest Relations Manager at Rondo Retreat Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us at Rondo Retreat and for taking time to write a review. So glad that you enjoyed your stay, with all the beauty and bounty that the forest and Rondo affords. We are in the forest and as a result we experience a few 'challenges' or 'blessings' - depending on how one views it....

Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We spent 3 nights at this fine location. Wonderful food served to your table. Rooms were excellent with groups of rooms sharing common room and veranda. Grounds included a nice trail. They have had eagles nesting right next to the main building. Hundreds of other bird species in the neighboring forest preserve. A highlight of our trip to Kenya.

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Rondo R, Guest Relations Manager at Rondo Retreat Centre, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you so enjoyed your stay with us at Rondo Retreat, and that it was the highlight of your trip. High praise indeed! Watching the eagle family has been fascinating. Do visit the Rondo Retreat Facebook to see some of our photos of this royal family, along with other snap shots of this unique rainforest.

Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

在肯亞Safari trip 的第四天. 從Lake Bogoria 下山。經過一段綠意昂然的山路,下午開始走過ㄧ段極差的路,塵土飛樣、搞得頭土臉,我幾乎覺得司機導遊迷路了! 在絕望之際,Rondo Retreat Center in Kakamega forest 就在眼前。 一近入retreat center , 還真以為我到了歐洲呢!。 這是西方傳教士在Kakamega forest 內建的retreat center. 完全是殖民地時代歐洲貴族生活的摸樣。 一棟棟白色小木屋座落在花木扶疏的庭園。 庭院內還有一座綠色的小敎堂。 服務的全部是衣著整齊,禮貌週到的非洲人。 園內除了我們幾個黃種人,全部都是歐美客人。 到了這裡,我覺得那兒都不必去了,躺園區的草地上什麼都不要做,曬太陽,聽鳥鳴。 人生就美好無比了! 在retreat center 的導覽帶領下, 我們去走Kakamega forest 的山徑,找小動物。 過去四天Safari 都坐在車內,坐下站起忙拍照,難得今天是要用腳走路。 Kakamega forest 以非洲三大赤道森林之一(另兩個在剛果及烏干達)。森林內的林相與臺灣山區的林相相同,濕度也相當。 這是我們在肯亞四天第一次感受熟悉的濕度, 溫度仍在22-25度,依然宜人舒適。 在山徑中我們看到 blue monkey, black-white Columbus, red tail monkey, Hornbill 及多種叫不出名字的鳥類。 在retreat center 內得晚餐是有人serve的燭光fine dinning. dress code 是 smart casual。...

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Rondo R, Guest Relations Manager at Rondo Retreat Centre, responded to this review

感谢您对您的评论。我们很高兴您喜欢您在朗多的时间撤退。|| Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your time at Rondo Retreat.

UK
Reviewed 8 July 2016

I spent just over 3 weeks at Rondo and everything remains faultless. Staff, food, service, grounds - all 5+ stars. David and all his staff are worthy of the highest praise. They were in the middle of repainting the main building, so it was looking very smart. I stayed at a rainy time of year, but this was not a...

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Rondo R, Public Relations Manager at Rondo Retreat Centre, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear your reviews of your repeat stay. We are so glad that once again you enjoyed all the beauty of Rondo Retreat to the full. The forest always has something new to see and do, it is true, come rain or shine. Thank you and we do look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

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The tranquil Rondo Retreat Centre in the Kakamega Rainforest welcomes you to make it your home for some memorable days, pursuing your hobbies as a butterfly collector, beetle specialist, frog fancier, spider hunter, tourist or bird watcher. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rondo Retreat Centre

Address: P.O. Box 2153, Kakamega, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Western Province > Kakamega
Price Range: ₹ 7,352 - ₹ 16,201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Rondo Retreat Centre 2*
Number of rooms: 20
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“ask for a room that has no adjacent customers, if you want a peaceful sleep”
 of 5 bubbles dkirwin, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“The Colobus cottage is a great spot to sit on the porch and watch birds and monkeys”
 of 5 bubbles 43sarahi, 22 Jun 2016 | Read review
“this is really a retreat place, dont go if you like nightlife!!!”
 of 5 bubbles roryc644, 21 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Some rooms are bigger and better than others - at the same cost. If 'your' room is at the back of the bungalow ask for another.”
 of 5 bubbles hilarymunro, 2 Mar 2016 | Read review
“A room in the original owners cottage is worth asking for.”
 of 5 bubbles RamblinJudi, 15 Feb 2016 | Read review
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