Tea Plantations © Huye
Tea is a major product of Rwanda's economy, with thousands of tons exported each year, thanks to the country's temperate climate and rich volcanic soil. The government is slowly privatising plantations into cooperatives and 'Tea Societies', thereby empowering local farmers. Many visitors to Rwanda will enjoy exploring the plantations with their dramatically-sloped fields and panoramic vistas. Locally-produced varieties of tea can be sampled and taken back as souvenirs. Plantations near Lake Kivu and Nyungwe Forest are especially popular as package tour excursions. Visitors relish the experience of sipping tea while experts guide them through the different flavour profiles.