OUT&ABOUT: Camping in tea fields of Kericho

Visitors can also explore the estate on horseback or spend their time birdwatching by the dam. PHOTO| JOHN FOX

What you need to know:

  • As my old personal trainer, Mike invited me to help try out some of the running routes and also to sample a new campsite on the farm.
  • It was immediately clear why Mike had chosen Chesumot as the venue for the Kericho Triathlon.
  • At the heart of the 1,000 acre farm is a small dam, surrounded by vast green swathes of tea bushes.
  • Competitors in the main event swim 750m in the dam, cycle for a gruelling 20km, and then run 5km through the tea fields.
  • But these long distances are more than made up for by the incredible views across the estate, and the scent of freshly cut tea leaves.

Last Saturday, like many other Nairobians, we packed our bags and headed upcountry. We’d been invited to spend a weekend at Chesumot Farm in Kericho, and with the unease in Nairobi leading because of the General Election, it seemed the perfect time to get out of the city.

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