Welcome to Kilimo Talii
“Kilimo Talii,” is a Kiswahili name for Agro-tourism. It’s a new eco- tourism facility located in Meru South District, on the windward side of Mt. Kenya. It is 150km-North East of Nairobi and 2km away from Chogoria town situated at the foot of Mt. Kenya, on the Eastern slopes of Eastern Province.
The Accommodation consists of 7 fully furnished, Meru-style cottages with makuti (grass) thatch roof. Early in the morning you can enjoy the wonderful view of snow coated Mount Kenya pick. As you learn and live among the Meru community.
Well packaged peak products are offered. Some of these include: tea tour, Market tour, and nature walks, Traditional village walk as well as tour to Mt. Kenya National Park.
Last Updated (Monday, 13 October 2014 12:23)
“Kilimo Talii,” is a Kiswahili name for Agro-tourism. This project was started in 2005 through a joint partnership of KENFAP, Agriterra and the Community. It is located in Meru South District, on the windward side of Mt. Kenya. It is 150km-North East of Nairobi and 2km away from Chogoria town situated at the foot of Mt. Kenya, on the Eastern slopes of Eastern Province.
The community donated 1.6 Ha. of land to put up this facility. The region offers a rich agricultural land with the rich Meru culture. Tea is the main agricultural commodity while maize, beans, bananas and other fruits are grown for domestic consumption and the surplus for sale. It has scenic hills, green and lush vegetation, rivers, waterfall and caves. It is along the recently reconstructed Meru – Embu road and is en route from Nairobi to the recently revived Meru National Park.
The project was started with the conviction that it would exploit the gap that exist in the class of tourists that would rather share the lifestyle of hosting communities while learning the agricultural, environmental, cultural and social diversities of these communities. Hence the project wants to attract Farm-based rural tourists, Nature-based tourists, culture (ethnic) and adventure tourists, besides appreciating and visiting the unique co-existence of rich agricultural land and the imposing Mt. Kenya, caves, rivers, farm, market, villages and tea and coffee plantations.
The principal objective of this project is to attract the tourists while at the same time directly involving the communities in economic activities, environmental conservation and the decision making process of this venture. The community has been encouraged to purchase shares while at directly benefiting from the venture through a core engagement in agricultural tours, water and soil conservation, through walks, home stays, arts and crafts, as well as traditional and cultural troupes. However, despite a lot of support from KENFAP the community has been unable to raise enough capital (through shareholding) due to high poverty levels occasioned by crop failures, low producer prices and lack of diversified sources of income. This project therefore aims at providing additional income with an emphasis on agro-based tourism, environmental conservation and preservation as well as promotion of the region as a World Heritage Site while encouraging socio-cultural hybridization