Just a short drive from the heart of Nairobi, Kiambethu Farm at Limuru provides a tranquil insight into life on a settler farm.The farm house is set within beautiful gardens surrounded by acres of tea and indigenous forest – home to the Colobus monkey and plenty of other wildlife .
Kiambethu was bought and farmed by AB McDonell in 1910. He was the first person to grow, make and sell tea commercially in Kenya – now one of Kenya’s biggest exports. Five generations have lived on the farm and it is currently run by his granddaughter Fiona Vernon.
How to get there
As soon as we drove into the compound, Chuma the dog plus all the other sausage dogs came racing at us and eagerly welcomed us to the vast grass with beautiful flowers. Fiona, who is incredibly friendly welcomed us for a walk around her stunning garden whilst we waited for the other guests to arrive as the tour starts at 11.00 A.M. She began the tour with a brief introduction on her 2 acre land of tea, the picking process and the tea country culture. We won’t go into detail since you should definitely do this tour and let Fiona tell you everything 🙂
After her talk, we made our way up to the farmhouse for a cup of tea from Kiambethu Farm and some tasty homemade biscuits. Fiona then invited us to have a stroll with Stephen, through her beautiful indigenous forest which is home to many Colobus and Sykes monkeys. Stephen gave us an educational tour showing us the different medicinal uses of the indigenous trees found in the forest.
By the time we got back to the house, the garden had been set up with tables and chairs under colorful umbrellas in readiness for lunch. They offered us juices, ice teas, wines, beers, and water for refreshments all throughout lunch.The food itself was incredible; our favorite was the butternut casserole and the cheese platter for dessert. It’s fresh, delicious and includes salads, vegetables, soups, crackers, fruits, casseroles, cheese, cakes and homemade ice cream all organically grown on the farm.
With the tour concluded, we sat around digesting and relaxing in the garden. Before we made our way back, full of tea bliss! Fiona was truly a lovely host and if you appreciate your tea as much as we do, we recommend you put Kiambethu Farm on your bucket list!
The cost of the tour was KSH 3,300 Per person. This includes a highly insightful tour, a three-course meal, drinks, and very tasty tea. Fiona is working on getting some card machines but in the meantime, you pay either by cash or MPESA.
You can book your tour through their website.