Tea in the valley RWanda tea plantations

Growing up in Sri Lanka, seeing the lush green tea plantations in the slopes of the beautiful central highlands which produced the world famous Ceylon tea, for me tea is always a crop of the slopes. How ever, as most of the things in Rwanda their ability to cultivate tea in the flat land amazed me. One misty morning i decided to have a walk in the fields, carrying my camera and entertaining the tea pluckers through my slips and falls. We didn't have a language to speak, but smiles and waves were more than enough to work! The plantations spread along the slopes and valleys around the village Kinihira. A eye pleasing, hip breaking scenic drive on a dusty gravel road from the main road would lead to the economic epicentre of the community, the Sorwathe Tea factory. Most of the people in the area either work directly or indirectly in the factory, and almost all the tea manufactured processed in there as well. After the sunset, the hard working population would start their life, hanging around in streets, chatting, eating and celebrating their life. They don't live in the best possible conditions to live, but they do have the biggest and beautiful smile in their face!

A journey to remember forever!

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colourshades photography

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