28-12-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo
Far from the marine paradises that bring to the tables of restaurants and hotels freshly caught specialties such as crustaceans of all kinds and ocean fish, including yellow fin tuna, sole and other species well known even in Europe, Kenya can offer other fishy goodness that do not come from the sea. And we're not talking about the dull, anodyne tilapia or the perch of Lake Victoria, but the darting, tasty river and waterfall trout with their tender, pink flesh.
Among the rapids and scenery of the Aberdare Forest and the slopes of Mount Kenya, at more than 2400 meters above sea level, here you can enjoy this precious freshwater fish in addition to the inevitable choice of meats.
One of the iconic places to do this is in Naro Moru, just a few minutes from Nanyuki, right between the forests and the volcanic massif of Kenya's highest mountain, from which the African state takes its name. This place, a farm with an adjoining restaurant, is called Trout Tree and in the past it was a real reference point for travelers from all over the world. Today the farm, a bit 'let go', deals mainly with distribution but the environment has its own charm because it has remained more or less intact. The restaurant, on a pile-dwelling overlooking the trout farms, is built around an enormous ficus (mugumo in Kiswahili), a plant considered sacred.
All around is a forest with streams that provide water for the reproduction tanks and where other trout splash around. If the weather is good, you can take healthy walks, and the relaxation of being in the midst of nature is guaranteed, without any reference to the modern, but knowing how to be satisfied with the unchanging Kenya ... even as services.
Here even the menu has been the same for thirty years: grilled trout, smoked trout or trout pate.
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