Tea in grown in several districts in Kenya which include Kericho, Bomet, Nandi, Kiambu, Thika, Maragua, Muranga, Sotik, Kisii, Nyamira, Nyambene, Meru, Nyeri, Kerinyaga, Embu, Kakamega, Nakuru and Trans-nzoia. In these areas the crop enjoys 80% favorable weather patterns.
Tea production had a huge impact of Kenya economy. The production is shared between multinational companies and the small-scale growers. Both sectors have benefited from many scientific advances in tea cultivation, although the average yields in the small-scale sector are below those in the estates sector. However, the small-scale sector has managed to achieve higher quality standards resulting in consistently higher auction prices.
The industry is the largest employer in the private sector, with more than 80,000 people working on the estate and about 3 million people earning their livelihood from the sector.
Kericho is the centre of kenya’s most important tea gardens; and the countryside surrounding the town is one of interlocking tea estates mixed with patches of forest. While you expect that tea-plantation tours would be touted left, right and centre, but they are surprisingly few and far between.
Beside tea gardens there are many places in Kenya that you cannot afford to go back home without visiting. These popular sites are loved because of the interesting stories that make them popular.
People love to see the mighty elephant being rehabilitated at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary and the Chimpanzee sanctuary at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. There are other popular sites and the places to visit throughout Kenya. It sure is famous for its wildlife and safari tours.
Back to the Tea Gardens, Kiambethu Farm in Nairobi is a great farm to visit. It provides a great insight into life on a tea farm.
Kiambethu was bought and farmed by AB McDonell in 1910. He was a pioneer in the tea industry being one of the first to make and sell tea commercially in Kenya – It still has Kenya’s largest exports. Five generations have lived on the farm and it is currently run by his granddaughter Fiona Vernon. The farm house is set within beautiful gardens surrounded by acres of tea and indigenous forest - home to the Colobus monkey.