Tea plantations on the greenest hills 

 
 (1 review)

(1 review)

"Our stay in Gacharageini was a rich, authentic experience. The highlight of the trip was to follow the tea making process from the beginning until the end; from the tea plantation to the tea factory."

 
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COMMUNITY

Picturesque tea plantations, hills, valleys and rivers

LIVELiHOOD

Tea, vegetables, farming animals, fishing in the river

FAMOUS FOR

Tea & mountainous national park with wildlife safari

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RELIGION

The village is  Christian

LANGUAGE

Kikuyu, Swahili
and pretty fluent English

TRAVELLERS

Possible to meet other foreigners

We recommend this village for hikers, trekkers, photographers, nature lovers, fishermen and anyone seeking a quiet country life experience in beautiful landscapes. Here you can get your hands dirty and dive into a real farm life. The area is perfect for taking long walks – note that the hilly paths can be physically challenging.  It may get cold at night in the highlands, especially during the cold season in June and July. It tends to rain in October-November (short rains), as well as April-May (long rains). January is the warmest month of the year. It's always a good idea to bring some warm clothes for the night.


3 nIGHTS IN GACHARAGEINI VILLAGE

140 EUR

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Learning to cook local food and eating together with your host family

  • Picking tea and learning the process     

  • Milking a cow and feeding animals

  • Going for a short hike with locals

  • Visiting the local library, where most village children and youth spend time

6 nights IN GACHARAGEINI VILLAGE

240 EUR

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Learning to cook local food and eating together with your host family

  • Picking tea and learning the process     

  • Milking a cow and feeding animals

  • Going for a hike with locals

  • Visiting the local library, where most village children and youth spend time

  • Fly fishing (4€ extra cost for the permit)

  • Visiting the local vet and learning about his profession

  • Fetching water and firewood

DUARA CONTACT: ANN

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Ann is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Gacharageini. She contacts you with further instructions and makes sure you find your way to the village and your host family. You can contact her in case you have questions before or during your stay.

“My name is Ann. I studied Hospitality Management. My hobbies are singing and socialising. I am friendly and funny. I got motivated when I became one of the first Duara Contacts in Kenya. Visiting Kenya with the locals will step up your trip!”

 Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

Taxi: Ann can help in arranging a driver to take you directly to the village from Nairobi at a cost of 50€ (normally 70€). The ride takes about 2,5 hours.

Public transport: From Nairobi’s Tearoom/Country bus station, you can take a bus for Njumbi in Murang’a and get off at Gacharageini Village. The ride takes about 3,5 hours and costs about 6€ per person.

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OTHER things to do near GACHARAGEINI VILLAGE

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If you wish to spend a few nights in a more upscale setting, there is a lovely and scenic lodge called Aberdare Cottages in the village. The lodge is run by a businessman called Zac, who directs some of the earnings into social projects in the village. Zac is well aware and supportive of Duara’s activities in the village and some of the Duara host family members are working in the lodge

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Through the lodge you can attend various tours in the area, such as a full-day safari to the mountains of Aberdare National Park, where you can see a wide range of landscapes from jungle to and wildlife without the tourist crowds. Ask your local contact Ann about the different options and prices.


TRAVELLER RATINGS (1 REVIEW)

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Communication with the Duara contact

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Hospitality of the host family

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Sense of Security in the village

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Facilities in the house you were staying at


 TRAVELLER REVIEWS

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"Our stay in Gacharageini was a rich, authentic experience. Our local host John made a lot of effort to make us feel comfortable and welcome in the community. He took us hiking and gave us the opportunity to follow his everyday activities at his farm and at work as well. In the evening we gathered together with him and his mother and had nice and local dinners and conversations. The highlight of the trip was to follow the tea making process from the beginning until the end; from the tea plantation to the tea factory. The rains were pretty heavy at times, so maybe rain season isn't the ideal time to visit this place, but otherwise we were happy with our experience and we feel grateful to have had the opportunity to do it!"

JENNA & ADRIANO, FINLAND & ITALY, APRIL 2018


SAVINGS GROUP

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In Gacharageini, 10% of your payment goes to a local library, which has largely been built by the contributions from the Aberdare Cottages. Many local and foreign organisations have also donated for this cause. The library enables children and youth to read, play and learn together through various programmes.