PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Gibb’s Farm is a true oasis, offering a luxurious, welcome retreat for a few days’ respite while on safari, an extended vacation or honeymoon getaway. Experience the warmth and gracious hospitality of our team, deeply rooted in East African culture and community, during your stay in one of our intimate and inviting cottages.
  • Our historic farmhouse’s living room and dining areas, along with 17 beautifully decorated guest cottages with decks provide an elegant, comfortable home away from home.
  • Spoil yourself with one of the Maasai-inspired treatments in the spa, all of which use indigenous plants and shrubs – the Arabica coffee scrub is ideal for gentlemen guests!.
  • Stroll through the Ngorongoro Forest with an indigenous Maasai healer, who will point out the more than 20 medicinal plants used at the Osero Clinic, the farm’s healthcare centre.
  • Gibb’s Farm offers a wide range of activities, from biking to great walks in the region, and of course you’re not far away from the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park so it is easy to use Gibb’s Farm as a base to explore Northern Tanzania. There are mountain bikes available to borrow to explore the area.
  • Indulge in afternoon tea in the garden, on your private veranda or in the main lodge – we recommend breaking with tradition just enough to enjoy a cup of the farm’s freshly ground Arabica coffee rather than tea!.
  • Beautiful location overlooking the surrounding countryside. Walk with the chef around the extensive vegetable garden.

EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE

We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.

  • Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
  • Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
  • Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
  • Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
  • Complimentary private airport transfers.
  • Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.

A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.

ACTIVITIES:


One day Ngorongoro Crater or Lake Manyara Safari

Experience a one day wildlife safari, starting early in the morning in closed safari vehicles with pop-up roofs. A magnificent experience is sure to be had! Lunch is served picnic style, surrounded by the natural wonders around you as well as the exceptional wildlife, roaming freely, with which you share these extraordinary paradises.



Traditional African Massage Treatments

A variety of treatments, tailored to suit your needs, are offered within the privacy of your cottage. Based on Maasai healing techniques, the naturally derived treatments draw from over 50 different indigenous plants and offer a complete sensory experience.



Farm Walks - Around the Farm

Gibb’s Farm offers many different walks, depending upon your interests and desired activity level. Experience a real working farm as you explore our organic 10-acre fruit and vegetable gardens and 30-acre coffee fields.



Walking Safaris - Village Walk

This leisurely two-hour walk around our neighboring village of Tloma provides a personal look at Tanzanian village life.


Bicycle Tours

Explore the back roads of the village by bicycle, or for the more adventurous, take a mountain bike day trip to Rhotia, an unforgettable way to experience rural Tanzania. 1.5 Hour Village Cycle Tour, 2.5 Hour Mountain Bike Adventure.



Artists-in-Residence

Through Gibb’s Farm’s artists-in-residence program, East African artists stay at the farm and create commissioned artwork. Meet some of East Africa’s most talented artists, learn about their influences and inspiration and watch them create their artwork, which is available for purchase.



Safari - Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater boasts more than 30,000 animals, in and around the crater, including lion, hippo, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, African buffalo and more. You will soon see why Ngorongoro Crater is considered to be among the world’s great wonders!.



A Cultural Journey

Outing to Tloma, a nearby village, where you have the opportunity to meet a local family and learn about Iraqw culture and traditional ways of life. Discover the age-old process of making pots, try your hand at pounding grain and taste the local brew.



Donate a Desk

Visitors can donate a school desk, engraved with their own special message and personally deliver it to the school whilst staying at Gibb’s Farm. The material is purchased locally and our carpenters expertly build the desks to specifications after which they carefully engrave the guest’s message by hand. Guests are welcome to join our carpenters for an afternoon in the workshop and assist with the crafting of the desks.



Tloma Primary School Visit

Meet the students and teachers at Tloma Primary School and learn firsthand about the successes and challenges of education in rural Tanzania.



Walking Safaris - Farm to Ngorongoro Crater Rim Hike

Guided by a Gibb’s Farm naturalist and rangers from Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this exciting six to seven hour wilderness walk takes you to awe-inspiring, untouched forests where you will encounter unique plant life, animals and rare birds. Starting at Gibb’s Farm, you hike to the Ngorongoro Forest and ascend the slopes to the crater rim with magnificent views of the crater floor below.



Walking Safaris - Waterfall/Elephant Caves Walk

On this two-hour hike through the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will discover a magnificent waterfall and incredible “elephant caves” created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the vitamin-rich soil. You may see buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck and baboons, also attracted by the soil.



Farm Walks - Indigenous Medicinal Walk

Indigenous Maasai healers lead you through the Ngorongoro Forest, where over 20 medicinal plants commonly used in Tanzania to treat health problems are described.



Lake Eyasi Day Safari

After an early Breakfast, experience a guided drive to Lake Eyasi to meet a local Hadzabe tribe. Meet the family and learn about the culture and the traditional ways of living of the Hadzabe people. Hunt together with the warriors and taste the local brew.



Vegetable Harvesting

Join in the laughter and banter as the chefs go about their daily ritual of harvesting fresh organic produce from our vegetable garden, to be enjoyed at lunch or dinner time.



Tembo Fire

The evening begins here for many guests, with a glorious sunset accompanied by a refreshing drink. Complementing the relaxed mood, our naturalists and traditional healer share stories about primates, Iragw culture, elephants traditional medicine, Maasai legends and tales of tribal folklore.

Chat with one of our expert travel designers today to begin planning your perfect vacation

Call: +852 9465 4577

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Gibbs Farm Exterior

Immerse yourself in the peace and serenity of Gibb’s Farm. Overlooking the centuries-old Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Forest, Gibb’s Farm was one of the first guesthouses in Northern Tanzania. Established as a coffee farm in the late 1920s and refurbished as a warm, rustic luxury inn, Gibb’s Farm is a welcome retreat for a few days’ respite while on safari or for an extended vacation or honeymoon getaway.The main farmhouse and 17 cottages offer the warmth and charm of another era, with all of the modern amenities you could ask for. Inside, beautiful architectural details, such as the farmhouse’s original wooden beams, and colourful artwork reflecting the inspirations of local African artists greet you. Outside, the farm’s organic vegetable and terraced flower gardens provide a wonderful sanctuary for afternoon tea or a quiet walk to impart a sense of contentment and well-being.

Beyond the farm’s coffee fields, Ngorongoro Forest and the local village beckon. Experience a sense of place as you bicycle the back roads of Karatu, learn about Iraqw culture while visiting a local family or explore centuries-old waterfalls and elephant caves. To calm and restore, Gibb’s Farm offers indigenous Maasai healing treatments in the privacy of your room. After a full day of adventure, Chef Lisa Campbell’s delicious organic cuisine—fresh from our gardens, bakery and dairy—will replenish you.Surround yourself with the rich traditions of East African life, exclusive to Gibb’s Farm, and share an eternal sense of history and community.

Gibb’s Farm is a true oasis, offering a luxurious, welcome retreat for a few days’ respite while on safari, an extended vacation or honeymoon getaway. Experience the warmth and gracious hospitality of our team, deeply rooted in East African culture and community, during your stay in one of our intimate and inviting cottages. Our historic farmhouse’s living room and dining areas, along with 17 beautifully decorated guest cottages provide an elegant, comfortable home away from home.

Gibbs Farm Guest Cottages

Guest Cottages

Gibb’s Farm’s rustic charm and gracious accommodations provide an ideal sanctuary for a few day’s respite while on safari or for an extended vacation or honeymoon getaway. The 1929 farmhouse and five cottages comprised the original guesthouse in 1972. Today, 17 guest cottages—each featuring a unique theme and richly appointed with eucalyptus floors, hand-crafted furniture, two queen-size beds, indoor and outdoor showers, a fireplace and private verandah—provide an elegant home away from home, with all of the cozy comforts. A cottage with a common living area and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms is available for families or couples traveling together.

Gibbs Farm Living Room

Living Room

The main farmhouse’s cozy, inviting living room features many of the original architectural details from 80 years ago, such as the old wooden ceiling boards, beams and traditional red-polished floors. A large, open fireplace offers a welcome spot to relax in the early evening, to enjoy a glass of wine and good conversation.

Gibbs Farm Farmhouse

Farmhouse

Originally built in 1929, the historic farmhouse has been lovingly refurbished and offers a welcome refuge after a long day’s adventures on safari. The main farmhouse features a charming living room, two dining rooms, outside verandahs, a gazebo and gift boutique. Relax in one of the nooks and crannies with a cup of tea, enjoy the original artwork or sip wine by one of the roaring fires to unwind. Just outside the farmhouse, experience tranquility as you recline on the spacious patio surrounded by lush, soothing gardens and sweeping views of the valley.

Gibbs Farm Zawadi Boutique

Zawadi Boutique

Bring a sense of joy and contentment home with you. The Zawadi Boutique offers a wonderful selection of unique East African books, artwork, carvings, textiles, decorative art, exotic jewelry and Gibb’s Farm’s special organic Arabica coffee.

The main facilities including a sitting room, reading room, dining room, bar and gift shop, are situated in the old farmhouse. The old-colonial farmhouse still has the character of a well cared-for private house with roaring fires and friendly service, and guests wake up to fresh coffee, a multitude of flowers and breathtaking views. The fruit, vegetable and flower gardens now cover 10 acres and everything is grown organically using only natural fertiliser from the farm. The farm provides the milk, coffee, eggs and meat which are served to guests, and the meals are truly superb. In the shadow of the forest, there is a tree nursery where hundreds of young saplings are grown to encourage the use of native tree species in the local villages.

Gibbs Farm Restaurant

Gibb's Farm Restaurant

Healthy, farm fresh cuisine and attentive, gracious hospitality defines the iconic nature of the dining experience at Gibb’s Farm. Our organic farm-to-table cuisine stimulates the senses and provides sustenance to restore, replenish and energize. Garden grown organic vegetables and locally raised meats, farm-fresh milk, cream and baked goods provide the healthy, nutritious ingredients for our sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.Start your day with organic Arabica coffee, grown and roasted right on the farm and a hearty farm breakfast.

Gibb’s Farm offers a wide range of activities, from biking to great walks in the region, and of course you’re not far away from the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National Park so it is easy to use Gibb’s Farm as a base to explore Northern Tanzania. There is also an African Spa, infinity pool and mountain bikes available to borrow to explore the area.

Gibbs Farm Spa

Spa

After the rigours of being on safari, indulge in a spa treatment to sooth and restore. Gibb’s Farm African Spa offers indigenous Maasai healing techniques, available in the privacy of your cottage. After a private consultation, we will design a personal treatment for you. Treatments are based upon the healing powers of nature and may include freshly harvested and prepared botanicals to enhance your experience. Drawing from over 50 different indigenous plants, our naturally-derived treatments include Engorno Milk Massage, Floral Foot Soak, Oljingai Heat Revival and Olorien Hot Wood Treatment. Gibb’s Farm African Spa treatments offer a complete sensory experience to enhance energy and promote wellness and healing. Steeped in ancient traditions and nature-based, our caring treatments will leave you refreshed and re-energized.

Gibbs Farm Pool Tanzania

Pool

Area & Location

Area, Country
Karatu, Tanzania
Nearest Airport
Kilimanjaro International Airport, Kilimanjaro
Local Currency
Tanzanian Shilling (TZS)
Time Change
GMT +3:00
Language
Swahili
Best time to go
July through October

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