I’ve written about Kapsimotwa gardens before a secluded site located in the picturesque Nandi Hills, a highland area of lush green rolling hills at the edge of the Great Rift Valley. So there really isn’t much that I’ll add this time. Enjoy the pictures.

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The lake forms a focal point for the gardens, it is the first thing that captures your attention


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The gardens are very large, I walked around for almost an hour and I still wasn’t able to cover all the areas in the garden.

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The garden is well manicured and the dedicated staff tend to it daily.

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We visited in the morning and it was freezing, I’d worn canvas shoes and I had to hang them out to dry once I was done walking, since they were wet from the dew.

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This beautiful flower is actually a member the poisonous species, Zantedeschia.


Once I was done touring the garden I decided to take a walk to the farm house. On my way I came across the expansive tea estates. The economy of Nandi Hills relies mainly on surrounding tea estates. Many people work on tea farms as pluckers, managers, field maintenance, factory service works, official duties and business.

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I was met by the house keeper who after a brief exchanging, let me walk about the house taking pictures.

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Kapsimotwa gardens sitting room


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The master bedroom


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The Bathroom


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The Kitchen. The house is old and well maintained but looks like it needs some upgrading.


The rooms are available for rent, it costs around Kshs 3,000 ($30) per night per room.   I was not able to get much more info, the house keeper didn’t give me much information and there was nobody else I could speak to.

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The backyard from where you can view the picturesque Nandi Hills.


If you are ever in Nandi Hills,  Kapsimotwa Gardens is definitely worth a visit.


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.

Charges to get into the garden are ksh 500 ($5) per vehicle


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  1. February 21, 2015 at 11:20 pm — Reply

    Rachael, this is absolutely amazing!! It’s almost like a surreal Utopia…that is how I felt transported there reading and looking at the pics. More please! 🙂

    • March 3, 2015 at 8:57 pm — Reply

      There were so many photos that I had a hard time picking what should go on the blog. I always share the extras on Instagram so if you’re on there you can follow @safari254

  2. February 22, 2015 at 9:02 am — Reply

    Great photos 🙂

  3. February 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    Stunning photographs

  4. February 23, 2015 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    Wow! Absolutely serene, and awesome images. Totally takes you there. I like :-).

  5. February 23, 2015 at 6:35 pm — Reply

    Picturesque indeed! it is amazing how the deep countrysides of Kenya have beautiful sites that many are yet to explore. Who would have thought that such a gem would be found in Nandi hills.Great pics Rachael

    • March 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm — Reply

      There is so much too see in the Kenyan countryside,however I do wish that most locations were easily accesible.

  6. February 24, 2015 at 12:26 am — Reply

    Hi Rachel, thanks for bringing this piece of tranquility to us. Kapsimotwa Gardens looks like a perfect spot for a relaxing getaway. Iit would be wonderful to be surrounded by its lush and beautiful vegetation and its lovely lake. Teh tea estate and the view from there is spectacular.

    • March 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm — Reply

      You’re welcome Marisol.I am always glad to share.

  7. February 24, 2015 at 2:40 am — Reply

    These gardens are so beautiful, especially the reflections in the water. It’s funny that I was looking at all your sunny photos and thinking that I could practically feel the heat. Then, you mentioned that it was cold. It doesn’t look it from the photos. The furniture in the house is pretty, but the bathroom and kitchen do look like they could use a renovation.

    • March 3, 2015 at 8:48 pm — Reply

      The weather warmed up pretty fast when the sun rose but when we got there I was freezing (by Kenyan standards of course)

  8. February 24, 2015 at 11:15 am — Reply

    Gorgeous photos, Rachel. My favorite one is of the women picking tea…just love it!

  9. February 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    Wow – what breathtaking beauty!

  10. February 25, 2015 at 3:38 am — Reply

    Your photos are always stunning and transplant you to each location. I would love to visit a tea plantation! Did you get a chance to try their teas?

    • March 3, 2015 at 8:46 pm — Reply

      Thank you Crystal. No I did not try any of their teas but now that you have mentioned it I’ll ask to try some (if available) next time.

  11. February 25, 2015 at 6:16 pm — Reply

    I would love to stay here for a week or two!! <3 🙂

    • March 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm — Reply

      It is perfect for a getaway.

  12. February 25, 2015 at 11:05 pm — Reply

    The landscaping here is pretty remarkable – really showcases the natural beauty of Kenya. I hope I can make it here soon for a long weekend away.

    • March 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm — Reply

      It is one of those places that I had never thought of visiting but now that I have been there I want to go back.

  13. February 26, 2015 at 11:12 am — Reply

    I just found your blog through Jan at Budget Travel Talk – it is beautiful! I’m so excited to learn more about your part of the world. 🙂

    • March 3, 2015 at 8:43 pm — Reply

      Thank you Krista.

  14. February 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm — Reply

    Those gardens look so peaceful and scenic – I imagine it would be a lovely place to pause for a momentoof quiet reflection. There’s a beautiful hilly area in India near Bangalore that I visited a few years ago also called Nandi Hills!

  15. March 1, 2015 at 1:58 am — Reply

    Stunning pictures as always, Rachel. I’d love to spread out a blanket and have a picnic near that lake!

  16. March 1, 2015 at 7:20 am — Reply

    Beautiful photos! What a very lovely garden. I love places like these. I can stroll here for hours. Give me a chair in that backyard and the view of Nandi Hills and I may not want to leave. I’ve never been to a tea estate so it was interesting to see all of the plants.

  17. Manesha
    March 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    I am glad I found this place…I see you got to enter the house, now happily my curiosity has been quenched!! I must go back and this time spend the night!

  18. March 7, 2015 at 11:58 pm — Reply

    I can imagine living there for a while to write a book. The place is absolutely stunning!

  19. PAULA
    August 25, 2015 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    Beautiful photos Rachel that place is a walking distance from my home…thank you for showcasing our small “community” to the world. The photos are very beautiful, please tell me the camera you are using aki please woiyee.

    • October 5, 2015 at 9:13 pm — Reply

      Hi Paula. Sorry for replying so late. I used a Canon Rebel T3i. Kapsimotwa Gardens is one of my favourite places,you’re very lucky to live so close to it.

  20. Limo
    February 26, 2016 at 11:07 am — Reply

    The Zanzibar within Tea Estate.!!

  21. Violah
    June 24, 2016 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    is there someone can spend in kapsimotwa?

    • July 7, 2016 at 7:09 pm — Reply

      There is a place someone can spend the night. Unfortunately, it has been very difficult to get a contact person from there.

  22. Tom Thairu
    October 30, 2016 at 2:05 pm — Reply

    Stunning! Absolutely stunning!

  23. July 27, 2017 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Breathtaking and just beautiful…looking forward to visiting with my lovely wife soon.I know she will be head over heels!keep posting. Thanks!

  24. Macash
    September 28, 2017 at 10:36 pm — Reply

    I am from University of Eldoret and I would like to visit Kapsimotwa Garden with my classmates.
    what are requirements and please guide on how I can get there by road from Eldoret.

  25. December 31, 2017 at 9:21 am — Reply

    This is definitely on my list when I visit Kenya! Very beautiful photos- you captured this place wonderfully…


  26. Abigael
    March 28, 2018 at 3:51 pm — Reply

    I want to visit your place over easter holidays .please give me contact person i do some inquries

  27. LIMO
    July 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm — Reply

    an awesome place we used to dwell in for a picnic every weekend how I wish you could have passed by my school, Kapsimotwo Preparatory School

  28. Wambua J
    March 29, 2022 at 9:36 pm — Reply

    Visited here yesterday and honestly the sight is breath taking


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