Tag : Zimbabwe tea estate

Trees in the Tea Estates…

Whoever developed the tea estates in the Eastern Highlands must have been a fellow tree lover. This lone tree, at the very top of the rise can be seen for miles.
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This one, below, is HUGE – left all on its own, in the middle of a field. It would have been so much easier to just cut it down and make way for mechanisation.
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This thorn tree, below, just coming into leaf caught my eye. (I’m afraid the photo isn’t that good.)
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Although not all of the trees are indigenous, they are HUGE! I’m told it rains a lot in the area, and the tea bushes don’t need to be irrigated.
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The road goes right through this grove of trees (below) over a little bridge and then bursts out onto the brilliant green tea fields again.
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Honde Valley…

I made an early departure (from Juliasdale,) for a scenic drive through the Honde Valley, but couldn’t resist one last shot at the Msasa, and I’m glad I did.
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The first rays of the sun were just peaking over the hills, lighting up a few leaves.

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I intended to travel via the Mutarazi Falls in the Nyanga National Park….BUT, being obstinate, against better advice, I decided to get there via a road that is shown on the map. And that is all it is, a line on the map! It was a terrible road, and I only got these two, half decent pics for my efforts!
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This one above, is Mount Nyangane – where the Pungwe River which I would be to follow for for several hours, in the Honde Valley, originates.
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The National Parks man, was horrified to see me burst out of the forest along a road he said hadn’t been used for years!

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The above slide show is of the Pungwe River look-out. Not sure if the road was ‘more of the same’ I’d been on for hours, I gave going to the Mutarazi Falls a skip, and decided to head off to Aberfoyle Lodge.
The Honde Valley is in the Eastern Highland border with Mozambique. Back during the bush war, it was very much the ‘sharp end’ and many lives were lost there. It’s also very beautiful…

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And the trees! I drooled over them!

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The Pungwe river that originated on Mt Nyangane, plunges over an escarpment and immediately dog-legs and heads towards Mozambique.  It then runs alongside the road, through the communal area.

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And then the tea estates – and something I’m very familiar with: commercial agriculture….which means, tractors, packing sheds, workers houses, soccer fields and schools! And tea of course – gown in orderly fields!
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I love the way the tea is grown along hillsides, but with the natural forest in pockets (obviously where the tea doesnt like to grow.) These photos were taken on a Sunday, so there are no workers in the fields.
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In this photo above, you can see how tall the trees are. The arboreal atmosphere is very strong here. Once again, I was in tree heaven.