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A Professional Shot Of Gorgeous Amboseli

Wonderful East Africa

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We’ve just returned from our latest trip to wonderful East Africa, this time exploring yet another fantastic safari park and getting some fabulous views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Located in Tanzania, ‘Killi’ is the largest mountain in Africa, standing at 5896m and has a dormant volcanic cone. The locals told us that Killi is a girl because she is shy and …

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Lake Nakuru Flamingos

Time for Safari!

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The final stage of our trip was a Safari to Lake Nakuru National Park in the rift valley of Kenya about 160 kilometres north of Nairobi. The lake is world famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth – millions of fuchsia pink flamingos who feed on the abundant algae, which thrives in the warm waters.  Scientists reckon that …

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Soft Green Leaves Ready For Withering

From green leaf to black tea …..

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We were very lucky to have an opportunity to be shown around another tea factory, where we were able to observe the fascinating process of turning soft green freshly picked leaves into beautiful black tea using the cut, tear, curl (CTC) method.  This traditional method of making tea was invented in the 1930s and is still basically the same today. …

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Amazing Acacias

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There are few more striking symbols of Africa than the acacia tree with its gnarled branches, graceful form and jagged thorns, and one of the fun things we did on our trip was Acacia spotting.  We wanted to find a similar shape to our logo – which is like looking for a needle in a haystack – but I think …

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Beautiful Tea

Beautiful tea bushes …. as far as the eye can see….

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What a treat to walk through the tea fields again and smell that amazing fresh aroma of tea!  It was a delight to be back in the tranquility of this pristine environment.  We wandered along the paths between the bushes and drank in the peace and quiet of it all.  Every so often there was a clump of bright orange …

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The Auction Room

The old world charm of the Mombasa Tea Auction!

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How lucky were we to be able to visit this amazing institution in Mombasa. Housed in an elegant colonial building in the centre of town, the Mombasa tea auction dates back to colonial times and moves around 380,000 tons of tea every year. Around 70 buyers gather every Monday and Tuesday to purchase tea from nine East African countries and the auction is …

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Fort Jesus View

Next stop – Mombasa….

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After we left Nairobi, we headed for the coast and the wonderful old port of Mombasa.  One of the highlights of the trip was visiting this fascinating city.   We loved the old buildings of the 14th century Fort Jesus which is now a world heritage site.  Between 1631 and 1875 the fort was won and lost nine times by …

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Our African Safari

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Wow – what an amazing trip we’ve just been on – this time visiting Kenya and the tea fields at Nandi Hills.  We were charmed by this fantastically diverse country. We flew into the capital Nairobi, with its crowded streets, huge advertising hoardings and rubbish tips, where we could hardly move for people and traffic.   A turbulent city, we …

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