Naivasha Hells Gate And Flower Farms Walking And Bic Tour

Where famous florists get their roses from to make those beautiful compositions? If talking about European masters, most likely, their flowers come from Kenya. This country is one of the largest producers and growers of fresh cut flowers in the world, in particular, roses. Kenyan farms produce many fresh flowers, however, roses take the biggest part of floral export, which is 80%. Even in times of economic crisis, which has captured the Europe in recent years, floriculture in Kenya keeps on actively develop. Despite a significant decline in the share of the Kenyan flower products in European exports, the business of green plantations in Kenya keeps on prosper due to the introduction of environmental solutions, which enable to reduce the cost of expenses.

The main farms and plantations, where Kenyan roses bear, are located between two large lakes Nakuru and Naivasha. Names of these lakes are needed to be said together and mean the whole region. The region is a big part of Great Rift Valley. By the way, except lakes and agriculture lands, the region also has a lot of volcanic formations, some of which are even active volcanoes. The Valley is divided into a few sectors which are included in the national parks of Kenya.

In Kenya, plantations of roses can be easily distinguished by greenhouses covered with polyethylene. The greenhouses have several purposes. Just grafted roses need protection from a bad weather. Hard rain, the wind and direct sunlight can hurt these sensitive flowers. The temperature in the greenhouse always needs to be stable, so it’s necessary that cool air could easily fill the greenhouse when hot hair could be removed.

Symmetrical rows of young plants that are on the different growth stages can be seen on the Kenyan flower farms plantations. The variety of rose sorts can be cultivated there, from ones that have 70cm in length to the small roses. Up to 70 thousands of plants can grow in only one hectare of plantations.

 

Process and specific of growing flowers in Kenya

How do flowers receive nutrients? A usual soil is not used here. Polyethylene is laid at the base of the bed, which is sprinkled with holystone (kind of volcanic rock) on top. This way there is no need to fight with soil diseases anymore. Flowers are watered with the help of method of drip irrigation. Due to special ducts, connected with beds, plants get water and nutrients in right those amounts, which are necessary for their growing. Water seeps through the pores of volcanic rock on the polyethylene and afterwards is gathered for the secondary use.

Flower cultivating requires a big amount of water and other resources. Their usage, in fact, causes some damage to the environment. However, Kenyan farmers and gardeners have found an honorable way out of this situation.  They gather the rainwater, build factories for the processing of organic waste, which is then used as a fertilizer. Every time, Kenyan flower farmers also look for the ways to save costs on expensive pesticides.

Some farmers use hydroponic methods of water processing. This way, this water can be secondly used for watering, for example, cereals.  Other floral facilities use geometric of hydroelectric energy for heating greenhouses, where the roses grow.  These methods allow to save the natural sources and provide floriculture industry in Kenya a comfortable existence in the conditions of economic crisis.

Floriculture industry in Kenya is third in sizes state budget donor, after tourism and tea export.  Every year this country exports to European countries cut flowers of total value about 500 million of USA dollars. One of world´s largest green farms are located in this country. At some of them, more than ten thousands of farm workers take care of the flowers day after day. Nowadays, Kenyan farmers try to get their place on the flower market in Asia. They are truly considered that their floral products have a bright and reliable future there and there are no reasons to doubt it.

 

HELLS GATE NATIONAL PARK

Hells Gate National park covers an area of 68.25km square and is situated in the environs of lake

Naivasha about 90 km from Nairobi.

It is characterised by its dense topography and Geological scenery.

It is an important home of the Bearded Vulture.

Hells gate is also a home to several Gazelles,Zebras,Buffalloes and Hyraxes.

Here guests either do walking safari or ride on Bicycles!!.