tend to be located in scenic upland areas where the climate is gentle and the rainfall regular and reliable. The crop itself is extremely verdant, with an unusually bright green lustre.
The tea estates themselves largely date back to the Colonial Era and tend to remain very much unchanged.
Tea plantations can therefore be particularly interesting places to visit, with many containing interesting accommodation options and offering tea tours and tastings.
We often recommend staying at a good tea plantation lodge as it can really introduce a different dimension to a safari, a break from wildlife viewing and a chance to appreciate the magic of rural Africa.
The best known tea plantation area in Tanzania is in the south of the country in the Mufindi Highlands, where the excellent Mufindi Highland Lodge
is a real treat and can be easily combined with safari in that region.
There are some very lovely tea plantations in the southern parts of Malawi, most notably in the Mount Mulanje and Mount Michiru
area, where there's a couple of decent lodge options and some interesting hiking too.
The main tea plantation areas in Kenya are in the Kericho area to the west of the Rift Valley, but although it is an interesting and scenic area, there are no decent lodges in the area and very few people include it in their trip.