This trek covered a wide range of small-scale tea and coffee plantations on the highlands through Raini and Cianda of the Kiambu County in Kenya.
A group of eight people started our trek by stretching our bodies inside a grocery compound at Raini Gas Station at 7:45 am on the 22nd of May 2021, guided by Joshua of Hikers Afrique. Cold, mild air condition accompanied us. A gentle walk with two photographers, Joshua playing dual-task, as a guide and a photographer.
Introducing among ourselves, after traveling for a few minutes on the main asphalt road, we left it to the left to follow a rough road track through a mainly-maize agricultural field.
At some point there seems to drop a soft rain, at some point windy, I don’t remember to have seen the sun that day. In addition to the mild temperature, the trek was one of Kenya’s rich highlands with an elevation more than 2000 above sea level.
It was a pleasure watching farmers cultivate their tea plantations and nurturing their coffee farms. You feel the joy of hard work and the essence of producing something valuable to the world.
Our trek included many up and down hills, a very green landscape, and small waterfalls, scattered throughout the route. At some point in a cave that has a waterfall, we sat for lunch and a short break. It was the turning point of our trek back to Nairobi. The total trek was out 26km long.
Trekking through the tea and coffee plantations, meeting the farmers, soaking into the waterfalls, breathing the fresh air, meeting all the lovely team members, sharing experiences, the small ups, and downs, etc were very impressive experiences to me.
I would love to see more adventures. Explore more and have fun with those experienced guides or similar interest groups. Life, without travel, for me, isn’t worth living.
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