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Kenya's tea gardens a major tourist attraction

01 July 2013, 16:54

Nairobi - Kenya has long been known for its beautiful coastline and magical Safaris. However, another of Kenya’s highlights is attracting visitors from around the world: its tea.

Tourists from the United States, South Africa and other countries around the world come to tea plantations in Kenya's highlands to learn the art of tea making. From growing, to tasting the tea, visitors learn how to distinguish between high and low-quality tea.

"It's incredible, the black tea is incredible. Probably the best tea I have ever had. The milk she served with the tea comes from the cows on this farm. That means the entire experience is totally Kenyan," a tourist said.

After a cup of warm tea, guests go for a walk around the tea garden, enjoying the fresh air and listening to the history of the tea plantation.

During a quick tour into the forest near the farm, visitors learn about plants that can be used for medicinal purposes. Some leaves can be used as a mosquito repellent, and some tree bark soaked in boiled water can relieve pain, cure colds, and help ease sore throats.

Thanks to its unique climate and soil conditions, Kenya’s black tea gains its excellent flavour and wins the heart of tea-lovers from around the world. Tea farming is one of Kenya's largest industries, with tonnes of tea being exported to other countries every year.

- Xinhua

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