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Travel Thursday: There’s More To Kenya Than Athletes and Safari’s — Nandi Hills

You know how I have been saying I love East Africa? Kenya is one of my favourite countries for obvious reasons. I spent part of my life there and learnt to appreciate different aspects of it. When travelling there, I always want to visit unique places depending on the duration I stay.

Kenya did so well in Beijing at the IAAF championships that it would be a shame not to mention the region in where the runners come from. As much as Kenya is diverse– the Kalenjin community is the one that runs off with the medals (literally). I had the pleasure of visiting where most of them come from– Nandi Hills.

When you arrive at the county the sign awaits you “ the home of champions”. Most orld champions or athletes from all over the world come to train in Kapsabet. It is not uncommon to see people running or jogging kilometres.They eat sleep and breathe running. It is lush and green and has rolling hills. Picturesque and beautiful, a place where tea is grown. Thanks to my work as a digital nomad I can moonlight as a Brand Development and Marketing Strategist. I had the pleasure of visiting a tea farm. The beauty of this tea farm is that it is in a rural part of Kenya and the tea is produced by rural farmers.

Rural Kenya

Boaz Katah the founder of Tumoi Tea Farm’s collaborates with other farmer’s in the community to produce orthodox tea. Basically their main purpose is to impact the community. I got a chance to meet the different farmers that are working with Tumoi Farms and most of them are amazing people. From a Eziekel who has five children that he supports one of his hearing impared children is at special school in Kapsabet to Gladys who picks the tea. It was great fun, and I have a heightened awareness of how long tea takes to get to me. I drink my tea with relish.

Orthodox tea–is not a religion it’s a process of making tea. The tea leaves are rolled either by hand or by a machine that mimics the movement of hand rolling. Its chemical free, organic and sun/air dried, basically you have tea at its natural state. 95% of tea produced in Kenya is loose leaf processed tea. The orthodox tea is basically shelf-ready tea.

Thanks to work I got to experience Nandi Hills at its best, waited on the sunrise, saw Colobus Monkey’s jump from tree to tree and experience the scenic view of Nandi Hills.

nandi hills

Tea Farm

Monkey Business

Monkey Business and Colobus Monkey’s

Sunrise

Waiting on sunrise at Tumoi Tea Farm

Picking tea

Hand picking tea

This is definitely the Africa they never show you. If you are caffeine free tea lover like me and want to support rural farmers. This is the tea you should be looking at. They have oolong, green tea, earl grey, chai and other teas in the mix.

If you want to get in touch with Boaz drop a comment and let me know, I will forward the details to him.

There’s more to Kenya than just Safari’s. Have a unique day!

R,

Donna

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    Bulime Pius
    05/09/2015 at 11:20

    Shall be traveling to Kisumu in 2 weeks time with a group of friends. We are all tea lovers and interested in finding out more about tea in this region.( Nandi Hills)

    How do I get in touch with Boaz or anyone to give us a feel.

    Waiting for a response.

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      donnasmelange
      05/09/2015 at 17:54

      H Pius! Will send you an email right away. Check your inbox soon.

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