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TEA-Total experiences at Malawi’s Satemwa Estate

Malawi is the pioneer of tea growing in Africa and was the first country on the continent to grow tea on a commercial scale

At Satemwa they really know their Oolong from their Earl Grey. Satemwa Tea has been sipped by the Queen in Claridges, provides Sainsbury’s with their best-selling Red Label tea, and their hand-made artisan teas are served at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant, The Fat Duck. After a leisurely tour and informative tasting experience, you can enjoy these high quality teas for yourself. Afternoon tea is available in the beautiful estate gardens with only in-season and regionally grown produce used, and the milk and cream from the estate’s own cows, you know everything you are eating is fresh and local. Afternoon tea can be followed by a spot of croquet on the lawn… Yes, this is in Malawi!

Huntington House, a boutique lodge set in the heart of Satemwa Estate, has just five suites exuding colonial charm and a unique character. This magnificent house is surrounded by sprawling manicured gardens with secret patios and terraces waiting to be discovered. It is here at Huntingdon that you will enjoy your afternoon tea experience looking over the stunning estate while workers handpick the tea leaves. A visit to Satemwa is a definite for tea enthusiasts or even those who stick to a good old builders brew.

Why not finish off your experience with a Satemwa special, the MoTEAto – full of green tea and fresh garden mint, a nutritious twist on a classic.

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Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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