For anyone to be interested in a safari across Kenya is understandable. However an agriculture safari sounded a mystery to me. I simply did not understand how any traveler would opt to visit a farm. This perception ended once I landed at the Ziwani Voyager and experienced the Gicheha Farm within the same property.
The Farm-Gicheha Ranch in Tsavo
We enjoy breakfast on day two of our safari and get ready to experience the farm. Our host briefs us on what to expect. About three kilometers from the camp we are ushered into Gicheha Farm by trucks maize, different species of various mango trees. We are told that the tree date way back to the 1930’s when the farm was owned by a British settler who served in the Royal Regiment – Colonel Ewart Grogan.
Our guide is well informed on the facts about the firm. We get a chance to experience the various maize plantations that spars through large chunks of the farm. Irrigation on this farm is on high technology and the farm manager is handy to explain the various variety of maize that the farm produces. Gicheha Farm
Is the sole producer of maize seeds both male and female for Kenya Seed Company one of Kenya’s major players in the seed and agricultural industry. I get a chance to enjoy pumping water using the huge electrical pivot pump as well as a feel of the various tractors that the farm uses. There is a tractor for just about everything in the farm, there are tractors to weed, plant, tilling the land as well one to spray pesticide on the various crops.
Further into the farm is the goat breading centre. If you’ve not seen Doper and Galla goats the size of a calf then the Tsavo Ziwani Voyager will be your accommodation destination and a agro safari to the Gicheha Farm is a must on your to do list while here. The farm is the largest holder of these goat varieties in Africa.
Gicheha Farm has now started farming of various fruits varieties that would be introduced to various agricultural counties within the country. There are large plantations of bananas, tangerines, lemons, oranges among others. The farm manager is kind enough to offer each one of us a few varieties of the fruits to carry.
We finally end our safari away from the Gicheha farm having enjoyed a lovely and existing feel of what one should expect during an agricultural safari dubbed the Agro Safari.