Tea Fields © TKnoxB
Tea is a major product of Rwanda's economy, with many thousands of tons exported each year. The government is slowly privatising plantations into cooperatives and 'Tea Societies', empowering local farmers. Many visitors to Rwanda enjoy seeing the plantations with their dramatically-sloped fields and panoramic vistas, and buying locally-produced varieties to take back as souvenirs from Rwanda. Plantations near Lake Kivu and Nyungwe Forest are especially popular as package tour excursions.