Kakamega Forest National Reserve

Kakamega Forest National Reserve

Kakamega Forest National Reserve
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Andrew S
Skukuza, Sør-Afrika1 104 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
feb. 2023
Amazing forest and birding, there are beautiful butterflies and views, this really is a wonderful forest to visit, the best would be to hire a local guide to escort you through the forest, the best birding is often along the roads.
Skrevet 15. februar 2023
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Colborn O
Lavington, Kenya1 bidrag
4,0 av 5 bobler
jan. 2023
I have travelled across Kenyas forests and i have to admit that no other forest beats Kakamega rainforest when it comes to search for tranquility. The Kakamega forest reserve offers a variety of outdoor activities from camping, Butterflies and Bird watching, hiking and cultural escapades in the nearby villages. Here you will come across tree species that you will find nowhere and the tipping for me was that several species of the trees had distinct uses and functionality to the community and the entire environmental spectrum. The Forest is however less frequented and that is a plus for the lone adventurers. Accessibility is by road, and also a small airstrip is not far from the forest. Its distance to other cities around the western region makes your visit even more convenient. Did i mention the hospitality of the local community?. You will definitely like it. Accommodation will require prior arrangements coz the reserve only has limited bandas which are self catering but you wont miss a variety of hotels and Airbnb's around the forest and in Kakamega town. As a certified guide and environmentalist i highly recommend a trip to the remaining rainforest in Kenya. you wont be disappointed
Skrevet 3. februar 2023
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Tom
Malmö, Sverige17 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
sep. 2022
This is a wonderful forest and it was great to experience the last rainforest in Kenya. There are a lot of birds, most of which you will hear but may not see. We hired a fantastic knowledgable guide called Solomon, who specialised in birds and had worked there for 32 years, so really knew what he was doing. Guides were 1000 KSH per hour and entry was 3000 KSH per person.

This location does not take cash and the card machine was not working, so make sure you have M-Pesa before arriving. We were lucky enough to be able to ask a local to pay M-Pesa for us after giving him cash.
Skrevet 1. oktober 2022
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Aussiefan123
Bern, Sveits20 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
sep. 2022 • Forretning
Beautiful forest, well worth a visit and well worth going with a guide (2000 KSh for three hours) as you can go along the small pathes without getting lost. We saw four different monkey species and a hornbill, along with small and big butterflies and large amounts of ants crossing the path. The only displeasant fact was that KWS currently only takes mpesa for the payment of the entry fee, which we didn‘t have and therefore had to improvise with a third person sending money to our driver who then paid the 6‘400 KSh (=50 Dollars, for two people). This was annoying as it was not stated on the website. Apparently the card machine was broken, but I suspect it might take a while to repair it. For the guide, we could pay by cash KSh, as it‘s paid to the community administration and not to KWS.
Skrevet 18. september 2022
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hem
1 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
aug. 2022
This is a guest house that is located on the edge of the forest offering a good environment to access the forest, the forest itself is just amazing
Skrevet 7. september 2022
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R&R
Salisbury, UK32 bidrag
4,0 av 5 bobler
jul. 2022 • Par
Key info I wish I’d known before we went:

Kakamega forest is beautiful - definitely worth a visit, both to the KWS north and KFS south areas.
Kakamega forest is run by 2 different organisations depending on where you go - KWS in the north and KFS in the south. Different prices and entry gates for both. How to get to both is explained below.
If you do visit the KFS area, do NOT use Moses as your guide!! He is an alcoholic and will ruin your trip!

We wanted to go to Kakamega forest to do some bird watching.

The first thing to note is that it is fairly difficult to work out how to get into the forest in the first place. We read the directions on the KWS website, but that only gets you to the general area of Kakamega, it doesn’t tell you where the gate is or how to get to it. I looked at TripAdvisor and people on there spoke about walks from the Kenya Forest station (which is in the south just off the D298). We arrived there and asked to go into the park and for a guide. We were charged 696 ksh entry per resident, and then there is a choice of guided walks - we opted for a long walk of 3-4 hours at 1000 ksh each. I queried why the entry price was different to that we had seen on the KWS Kakamega forest webpage (which was 300 ksh per resident) and this was the first time that I found out that Kenya Forestry Service (KFS) run the south of the forest (pay through the KF Station office), whereas KWS run the north (which is accessed through a gate about 12km north of Kakamega town off the A1).

Anyway, by this stage we were at the south KFS run area and so we were allocated Moses as our guide. He asked us to drive him to the start of the walk at Rhondo Retreat (about 1.75km east of the KF station). He didn’t have a mask to share our car so we gave him one. I heard a water bottle sloshing around in his back pocket when he got in the car but I assumed he was just being sensible and taking water on a 4 hour walk.
Rhondo retreat is a beautiful place which has manicured lawns and lots of birds on the garden. It also has accommodation. Lots of forest walking trails start from there.

We started our 4 hour walk and, very disappointingly, 1 hr 40 mins (only 3miles) later (and 11am), we were back at Rhondo Retreat. Moses (our guide) walked behind us the whole way. He was swigging his bottle of ‘water’ from the start and his speech got progressively worse, was falling over and by the time he finished the bottle (55 mins in to our walk), he could barely string a sentence together. What he could say he did so loudly and repeatedly, asking us if we liked nature and that he wanted us to buy him binoculars.

We stopped at one point and he threw his plastic bottle into the forest, so we told him not to littler and pick it up. He absolutely stunk of alcohol!!! In the following 45 mins the plastic bottle got thrown into the forest a further 2 times, and twice more we got him to pick it up. By the end of the walk, my husband and I were following the path ourselves with Moses about 100-200m behind us swaying and asking us to slow down. An absolutely useless guide and, if you are ever allocated him, you should refuse.

The forest is beautiful though and the walk would have been lovely if the guide hadn’t been a drunk. I assume he cut it short because he could barely stand upright! As it ended up being less than 2 hours, we could have actually paid for the short walk option.

We got to car and a few mins later, Moses got there too. We refused to give him a lift back to the Kenya Forest Station and we told the staff at Rhondo Retreat why. The Rhondo Retreat staff were excellent and offered us another guide but, by this stage, we’d had enough and opted to leave.

General tips for the KFS area: It can be cool in the shade so take a jumper, wear good shoes as it can be slippery in places, take a day-sack for snacks and water. For bird watching purposes, as the trails are low, we didn’t see as many birds as they are high up in the tree canopy so you do hear them. You might be better placed to see birds by staying in one position nearer Rhondo retreat and waiting for the birds to come to you. And finally, DON’T use MOSES as your guide.

In the afternoon we went to the KWS part in the north of the forest instead. Off the tarmaced A1 north of Kakamega, the gate is about 600m on a murram track and well signposted. You can take your car in to the forest if you want but we left our car at the gate and just walked. You can take a guide for an extra cost but, after our bad experience in the south in the morning, we just decided to walk around ourselves. It’s a lovely part of the forest with lots of little tracks you can follow, all stemming from the main road so you can’t get too lost.

Despite the disappointing guide in the morning, I’m glad we visited both the south (KFS) and north (KWS) areas of Kakamega as they are different and beautiful. I would definitely recommend a visit.
Skrevet 14. juli 2022
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Lorenzo Marchetti
Milano, Italia32 bidrag
2,0 av 5 bobler
aug. 2021
Sicuramente un posto interessante, alti alberi e una vegetazione ricca e fitta. Non ci sono però animali (fatta eccezione per qualche scimmia) e anche gli uccelli, vera ricchezza della regione, sono molto difficilmente avvistabili in cima agli alberi. Dal punto di vista fotografico un disastro.
Skrevet 4. juni 2022
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Guylord Logedi
Nairobi, Kenya6 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
nov. 2021
A rainforest, A good sunrise, a river between, great resort, exotic animals, a hiking destination and a perfect sunset. How can one ever go wrong with that combination. It's a paradise for both researchers, hikers, photographers and people who just wanna connect with nature or simply get away. It is a repeat in the bucket list of all who visit.
Skrevet 26. januar 2022
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Peter S
211 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
des. 2021
woken by 'singing' Colobus monkeys and a host of birds. Staying in the campsite or one of the bungalow within the park is a fabulous exprience
Skrevet 19. januar 2022
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Idah M
1 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
aug. 2021 • Venner
It was pleasure meeting my guide Nancy,who was lovely and knowledgeable,l went for a hike, sunrise and river work, this was very nice.Be happy and learn more through Nancy at kakamega forest.her phone number-0729911386
Skrevet 18. august 2021
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