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Kakamega Forest

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Address: Kakamega, 00200, Kenya
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Beautiful forest- good for the soul!

I visited the forest by arriving at Retreat and asking about a guide. the guides are 800 Ksh for the long (~3 hour) hike, which is totally reasonable. The guide that I walked with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alyse L

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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the forest by arriving at Retreat and asking about a guide. the guides are 800 Ksh for the long (~3 hour) hike, which is totally reasonable. The guide that I walked with and HIGHLY recommend was Job, who has a degree in forestry and seemingly endless knowledge of the forest's flora and fauna. He was wonderful! He also... More 

Thank Alyse L
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

I went to the northern section of the forest because it's accessible by public transportation. I figured that the cost of both ended up being the same when you factor in the cost of taking a taxi to and from the entrance gate to the southern section! If you take a matatu (100 bob) from Kakamega to Bunyangu, you can... More 

Thank Shannon S
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

We stayed at Keep bandas, very simple accomodation for good price (900 KES per person) and many monkeys and birds around. Go to the southern part of forest managed by Kenya Forest Service (not Kenya National Forest Service), since the entrance fee is much cheaper (600 KES) and also more popular among tourists. We took a sunset walk to the... More 

1 Thank Ervín H
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90 reviews
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

Kakamega forest gives one more, different perspective of Kenya. The rainforest is full of (about 330) different kinds of (unique) birds and more than thousand plants and trees. You can also spot different species of monkeys and squarrels, not to forget the butterflies, bees and other insects. We were at Isecheno (south of the forest).I suggest you invest in a... More 

Thank Cheeriop
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

the highlight of my recent visits to several forests in Kenya very well guided. budget travelers will enjoy this as entry fee is low and if approached form the east nil. rondo retreat is the centre for guided walks which are moderately priced. overnight stay expensive

1 Thank Neil H
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Such a nice piece of greenery!!! It is located in Kakamega town, western province of kenya. It is home to a wide range of bird species, some that are said to be quite rare worldwide. Monkeys can also be spotted. You can walk around on your own, however,highly advised that you take the guided tours. They also offer evening guided... More 

Thank Anna B
Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We started our trip northern Kenya with a two nights stay at Kakamenga and a visit to the forest. The tranquillity of trekking inside the forest gives you a complete feeling of truly belonging to Afrika. Away from the city noises. We got rained on senselessly while inside the forest but that gave us the stamina to start out turkana... More 

Kisumu, Kenya
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Kakamega Forest is a park thats great to visit for anyone. I have been there twice and there are different trails each time. Last time I had a guide called Moses. He was very knowledgable and very good speaking skills. You can do a nature walk and then climb up a fairly steep hill to get a view of the... More 

Thank Ratimo A
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Entrance north park easy to find, pikipiki 50 sh to gate, few shorter and longer walks to make, the paths are clean and easy , acurate signs, waterfall , and view point worth to see. Many different butterflies will accompany you on the walk. You might detect 3 kind of monkey , not many flowers, Quiet place to visit ,... More 

1 Thank Jaap W
Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

Kakamega forest is a treat for bird and butterfly enthusiasts, or anyone who enjoys nature. It's a dense forest with many paths and tours you can enjoy, but definitely take a guide who can tell you about the plants, local community, and birds that you're sure to hear and might catch a glimpse. There are some species that are only... More 

Thank Sarah I

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