Satemwa Tea Estate
Established in 1923 by Maclean Kay, Setemwa Tea Estate is located in the Thyolo district, about halfway between Blantyre and Mulanje.
It is one of the oldest tea estates in Malawi and has been handed down from generation to generation of the Kay family.
The estate provides magnificent views of Mount Mulanje and the Lower Shire Valley and offers one of the prettiest drives in Malawi.
Satemwa plants tea on three sites covering 890 hectares and employs more than 2,000 local workers in the peak tea growing season.
Annual tea production is between 2,100 to 2,700 tonnes.
They produce a wide range of Black, Green, Oolong, White and Dark teas and export all over the world.
During the time at Satemwa, you can do a factory tour and tea tasting, hiking and cycling.
The afternoon tea at the garden would be one of the ultimate experiences at Satemwa Tea Estate.
Factory Tour and Tea Tasting
Factory Tour gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the estate, how they are produced and the various types of tea.
Tea tasting is an enjoyable and popular part of the tour.
The experience begins with a short movie to introduce Satemwa and offers tea tasting around 20 varieties to find your favourite.
Most of those teas can be purchased at the shop at Huntington House.
Huntingdon House is the grand old colonial style house surrounded by magnificent gardens and beautiful old trees.
The house has been refurbished to offer five exclusive suites which are decorated individually and have own stories.
Enjoy a refreshing Gin & Tea and a delicious three-course dinner prepared by some of the best chefs in the country.
Visitors to the area also can explore the Thyolo Forest Reserve and the Thyolo Mountain and enjoy exceptional birdlife viewing and hiking.
Mountain bikes are also available to hire from Huntingdon House, and you can enjoy cycling to the picnic spot with an incredible view down to the Shire river and up to Mulanje mountain.
Getting there and away
It takes around 6 hours from Lilongwe to Satemwa Tea Estate by car.
Most buses along the M2 between Blantyre and Mulanje stop at Thyolo.
The entrance to Satemwa Tea Estate is clearly signposted about 2km from Thyolo town centre along the main road to Blantyre, and it’s about 5km from the entrance gate to the accommodation.