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Kenya: Tea Plantations and Mountains Vistas Around Meru – VIDEO

Published: 9.4.2019
Kenya is one of the largest tea exporters in the world thanks to the British. The local mountains provide the ideal climate for its cultivation; Of course, as a tea lover, I couldn't visit the biggest tea area around Mt. Kenya before I left.

The whole region at the eastern foot of Kenya's highest mountain and Africa's second highest mountain will surprise you with its abundance and shades of green. One of the greenest provinces is Meru, where you will also find many tea plantations and factories. But during my travels I also visited the plantations and the factory near the village of Kangaita on the south side of the mountain, where I even had an excursion to the tea research center.

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The tea was brought to Kenya by the British at the beginning of the 20th century, until then tea was only grown in Asia. Nowadays, however, it is one of the most important components of Kenya's exports and the whole tea industry is one of the largest employers in the regions where tea is grown.

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Over 60 percent of Kenya tea plantations are owned by small farmers, as well as shares in tea factories managed by the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA). Thanks to this, there are projects that support local communities and ecology. Among other things, local farmers use almost no chemicals either for fertilization or as pesticides and herbicides. As a result, Kenyan tea is one of the best, but most of it is processed into tea bags and sold at a very low price.

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That is why some factories are trying to gradually introduce gentle processing procedures that will allow them to get a larger amount of pounds for a kilo of tea, which will benefit the entire local community. We'll get to that in the next part.

If you go to Meru, stop by some of the waterfalls outside the tea plantations. The best known is Kathita Waterfall on the outskirts of the city. I also recommend a trip to the forest in Mount Kenya National Park, where among other things you can meet wild elephants, buffaloes and lots of monkeys.

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Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš

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