‘Take a right after 100m,’ Google maps muttered. She was misleading us. This was our first time heading to Kereita and we were lost when in Kimende Town. We asked 3 locals and went in circles before we realized that we had to go through the underpass before we began seeing the ‘The Forest, Let’s Go’ signage. If you are planning to go to Kereita, remember, go. through. the. underpass. From there, be prepared to go up hills using a narrow winding road with a stunning view.
The friendly, ultra-cool and well-dressed staff at The Forest receive you at the reception as you make your arrangements for the activities you will undertake. Unless you made an earlier booking, you will have to wait at their massive restaurant which is quite reasonably priced; a daily buffet at 1000KSH, a separate a la carte menu and a reasonable drinks menu.
In addition to that, the view from the hill-top restaurant is mainly made up of evergreen trees, undulating hills and a navy blue horizon.
The main activities offered at Kereita are zip lining, archery, paint balling, fishing, tree planting, biking & hiking. I opted to do things I have never tried, so Zip lining & Archery were on the agenda.
Zip-lining offered by Flying Fox is the main attraction at The Forest. We assumed that once you arrive you simply get the gear and you’re thrown onto the line but turns out that you require some training and to sign a waiver. Trained professionals give you a quick tutorial and explain the risks that come with zip-lining. The wrong move and you could give yourself a haircut!
To be honest, the practice run on the mini zip line made us nervous. What if we are the first to actually die doing this?
There are 6 lines offering 6 different views, however you could choose to do 2 lines or the 6 lines. When the time came to do the first line, I was nervous and excited at the same time but when you are on it, there is a certain thrill that takes over when you look down at the view. At the end of it, you are filled with adrenaline and excitement ready to tackle the next line. People who had done the full 6 lines had a newfound cockiness that we who did 2 lines didn’t have. They spread their arms wide in the air and rotated and did some daunting things that first timers cannot attempt.
Determined to be Katniss Everdeen, archery was a sure bet. The trainer was quite friendly and knowledgeable as he gave us a quick tutorial on how to hold a bow, how to stand and how to shoot. You require good hand-eye coordination for you to get those 9s and 10s.
It turns out that yours truly may actually be good at a sport. (Mainly due to the fact that it requires little to no strenuous activity). I definitely enjoyed archery more than I expected and will represent Kenya in the 2050 Hunger Games.
Next on the list is fishing & paint balling, so I’ll definitely make another trip down there.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
It is easier to get there by your own means. It is 1 hour from Nairobi without traffic. Check HERE for directions
Ziplining – 2 lines -1,500 / 6 lines – 2,500
Archery- 1000 for 1 hour
For more rates and info click HERE
Call before to make a reservation for Zip lining.They stop booking people after 3pm
CALL: 0711 98 83 78 / 0711 11 22 33 / 0711 98 83 76
For more information check out their website : www.theforest.co.ke
Have a lovely week.
Question: What would you like to try at Kereita Forest and why? Let me know in the comments below.