Agro-Tourism: Farm Stays and Farm Tours in Kenya
Of late there’s a growing appreciation of the disconnect between urban and countryside life. Visiting or staying on a farm provides some kind of a remedy to that. Many farms in Kenya offers you a taste of rural life and an understanding of where your food comes from. This is through their farm tours and farm vacations – farm stays.
Some of these farms give you an opportunity to get hands-on and close to nature. If you fancy the experience, then you will have a fun time at the farm. You’ll feed calves, collect eggs, tend the vegetable garden, cook organic meals, make cheese, or even pick tea.
Are you are thinking about staying on a farm in Kenya?
Looking for a farm to visit for a day near Nairobi?
If yes, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Top 5 Farms to visit Near Nairobi (Limuru)
#1 Lesioi Farm Limuru
Lesioi Farm is Located near Limuru town. By staying at this Farm Stay, you will get to experience the countryside in a very different way. Besides peace and quiet, you will also get to hear the sounds of nature, the moos of calves, and catch the morning sun.
“Enjoy the idyllic rural ways of life at it’s very best. We do not only have a Farm Stay but also a serene camping space. Our farm chef serves you fresh meals and leaves fresh air to nature.” ~ Lesioi Farm
The Farm offers visits and tours to their dairy, arboretum, orchard, outdoor kitchen, and garden. They also have space for events like birthday parties, baby showers, Chama meetings, and Mbuzi Hangouts.
#2 Kawamwaki Farm
Located at Banana Hill off Limuru Road, Kawamwaki Farm is set in the Limuru countryside. The farm offers educational tours, horse riding, and sells fresh farm vegetables.
“Ride in beautiful Limuru countryside, enjoy spectacular scenery, the rivers, lakes, and waterfalls.” ~ Kawamwaki Farm
The farm has a 1920’s four-bedroom bungalow which serves as a Farmhouse for guests.
#3 Mlango Farm
Situated in the village of Ngecha, Mlango Farm is a children-friendly farm and a perfect place to escape the busy urban. Activities at the farm include farm visits, feeding animals, baking bread, visiting an Art Gallery, and bird watching. Mlango Farm also delivers fresh farm vegetables to Nairobi households and restaurants.
“Over the years the farm has turned into a beautiful place full of life and healthy food.” ~ Mlango Farm
#4 Brown’s Cheese
Brown’s Cheese Factory and Farm are located in Limuru, close to the beautiful and lush tea plantations of Tigoni.
At Brown’s Cheese, you are taken on a tour of the production factory and get an opportunity to learn about cheesemaking. After the tour, you sit and relax for cheese tasting as your host recaps on their history.
Other activities at Brown’s include garden tours, animal care, plants care more. Whether you are into coffee, cheese, wine, vegetables, bread, or homemade crackers, Brown’s got your back!
“If you love cheese, Brown’s Cheese Tasting Room is for you. We offer a unique foodie experience, just west of Nairobi. Brown’s has been making cheese in Kenya for over 30 years, and we now invite guests to come to our facility to see how cheese is made, sample several varieties, and enjoy a delicious lunch sourced entirely from our organic garden.” ~ Brown’s Cheese
If you want to get close to nature, nothing really gets you closer than a tour of Kiambethu Farm. As a pioneer in Kenya’s tea industry, the Farm is committed to “providing a tranquil insight into life on a settler farm”.
When you’re not out exploring the tea farms, vegetable gardens, or wandering in the indigenous forest, you’re enjoying lunch at the farmhouse with your host.
“Come and enjoy a lunchtime tour of the farm with Fiona… Arrive at 11 am and over a cup of tea or coffee the history of the farm and process of making tea is informally explained, followed by an opportunity to see tea in the field”. ~ Kiambethu Farm
Do you know of some farms and farm stays near Nairobi that I’ve missed? Share the gems in the comments below!
Featured image: Kiambethu Farm by Peter Ndung’u
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