Kapsimotwa Gardens is a serene and secluded site located in the picturesque Nandi Hills, a highland area of lush green rolling hills at the edge of the Great Rift Valley. At about 2000m above sea level, the gardens are part of the Kapsimotwa farm – a huge Tea plantation that dominate the landscape. The farm was established in the 1930s by a British settler called Bushwell.

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The gardens are full of color — flowers in the most vibrant shades of reds, pinks, purples, yellows, and whites.

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Serene pools and dams dot the gardens …

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The gardens are also a popular picnic site

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The Nandi Hills are also the burial site of the renowned Nandi seer Koitalel Arap Samoei.  Koitalel Arap Samoei  a supreme chief of the Nandi people of Kenya, who led the Nandi rebellion against the British colonial rule. When British colonials began building the Kenya – Uganda Railway through the Nandi area, he led an eleven-year resistance movement against the railway.  On October 19, 1905, he was invited by British Col. Richard Meinertzhagen under the guise of negotiating a truce, and was instead murdered along with his companions.

He was buried under a symbolic tree. On top of Nandi Hills sits Samoei with its red earth. When he was killed, some believe, the ground turned red on the spot of his death.

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How to get to Kapsimotwa gardens.

Head to Nandi Hills town which is approximately 60 km from Eldoret. Once in Nandi Hills head to the tea plantations up on the dirt road. Kapsimotwa farm is located at the very top of the hill.

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23 Comments

  1. Huzefa Amirali
    May 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm — Reply

    Lovley and Superbly serene. A hidden gem. Will make sure i visit next time i go to Eldoret to visit folks.

  2. Manesha
    May 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm — Reply

    This is definitely one of my best trips ever, I plan to visit again, the gardens are great for a destination garden weeding. The gardens now belong to a prominent Kenyan family that have a lovely home at the top of the hills. I wish they can turn it into a guest home. Otherwise there’s a cabin at the site that one can do an overnight, probably drunk because I guess it gets very cold. In fact on the drive down on a clear day, one can see Lake Victoria

  3. May 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm — Reply

    What a beautiful place… That tree is quite incredible too! 🙂

  4. May 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm — Reply

    Those hills in the last photos are stunningly beautiful – such a calm and verdant landscape. This is in western Kenya? Haven’t been to that part of the country and would love to explore it.
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  5. May 26, 2014 at 3:44 am — Reply

    You always leave me speechless with beautiful sunsets, but this Garden took my breath away as well. It’s so gorgeous and massive. I can picture myself there doing some workout and meditation!
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  6. May 26, 2014 at 11:27 am — Reply

    Great photos 🙂
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  7. Keniamoja
    May 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm — Reply

    Great photos. I like to think i’v toured the Rift valley extensively yet I never heard of this place. Truly a hidden gem.

    Keep them posts coming.

  8. May 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm — Reply

    The gardens look so lush and serene. This looks like the perfect place to just lay out and read a good book.
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  9. May 27, 2014 at 6:52 am — Reply

    Beautiful place, love how clear the water is. The view from Nandi Hills is quite calming.

  10. May 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    How green are those gardens, wow!
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  11. May 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    What stunning shots.
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  12. May 27, 2014 at 7:09 pm — Reply

    Beautiful photos! It’s so green and lush.

  13. May 28, 2014 at 12:56 am — Reply

    What a superb view these gardens enjoy. They look like a great place to watch the storms roll by.
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  14. May 28, 2014 at 11:05 pm — Reply

    Picnics are one of our favorite activity (each of our favorite activities includes eating), and I can picture ourselves enjoying a picnic at Kapsimotwa Gardens. It looks gorgeous, and very peaceful. I have never been at the Tea plantation, and I’m really curious to visit one. Wonderful photos, Rachael!
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  15. May 30, 2014 at 3:18 pm — Reply

    So beautiful and serene garden. I’ve never heard of the place, what a shame.
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  16. May 30, 2014 at 9:39 pm — Reply

    Incredible views, wowza. I love photos of Kenya that capture the beauty so perfectly of that stunning country. Can’t WAIT to visit sometime!
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  17. May 31, 2014 at 2:52 am — Reply

    This post has everything I enjoy in it. Mountains, green, gardens, and Trees. What a surprising place!
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  18. June 1, 2014 at 9:21 am — Reply

    What an absolutely gorgeous place! I love the flowers and all the water features. Those views are stunning! I can spend hours here relaxing.
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  19. June 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm — Reply

    Wooow!!I thought I have travelled Kenya,clearly haven’t:(

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  20. June 2, 2014 at 11:49 pm — Reply

    Hi Rachel, The garden is so lush and beuatiful. Whar a serene place to spend a day. But what blew me away was the view from Nandi Hill – so verdant and spectacular.
    Koitalel Arap Samoei was a remarkable. How he died was truly sad. I wonder if the scar is still fresh from that colonial brutality.
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  21. July 7, 2014 at 1:23 am — Reply

    I loved shooting a wedding here and I cannot wait to visit this place again.
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  22. September 30, 2014 at 6:52 am — Reply

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