Karatu, near Ngorongoro
Step back in time in the peaceful luxury of this stunning 1920s farmstead and working coffee farm. With its country-house feel, huge modern cottages, home-grown produce, on-site spa, gorgeous gardens and superb staff, Gibb’s Farm is one of the most relaxed and welcoming places to stay on the safari circuit.
Gibb’s is a fantastic and luxurious place to stay in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, not far from the Ngorongoro Crater. Step into a bygone era, rich in colour and texture and stay in a gorgeous cottage in the stunning gardens of this lovely 1920s farmstead.
From here you’ll probably head off on game drives in the Crater or even Lake Manyara. When not out on safari, have a spa treatment in your room, take afternoon tea on the lawn, explore the organic flower, medicine, kitchen and herb gardens – it’s all very civilised! Oh, and did we mention that the food is great – don’t miss the rhubarb crumble.
For a bit more activity, go mountain biking, make a cultural visit to a local village, or walk to the waterfall and elephant caves about 1.5 hours away. If you’re into local culture you can meet the artists in residence, bake bread in the on-site bakery, roast coffee grown on the farm’s plantation, or join in with the vegetable harvesting or milking the cows. And Gibbs Farm is a birder’s delight too – the resident naturalist can help you spot some of the 200+ species.
We’ve known Gibb’s Farm for many years, and we always love coming back here. It is one of the most expensive options in the Karatu/Ngorongoro region, but if you fancy a treat, and that feeling of almost staying in a piece of local history, and some of the best home-cooked food in Tanzania, you’ll love it.
Times to Go
Gibbs is good at any time of year. The main reason to stay here is its proximity (about 40 mins drive) from the Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is really is a year-round destination, though the rainy season (April-May) can a bit of a struggle for driving and wildlife viewing, but brollies abound at the lodge!
In the winter months (July-Sept) it will be chilly on mornings and nights, but they keep you cosy through fires and hot water bottles. In the rainy season, brollies abound!
Gibbs Farm highlights
- Beautiful 1920s farmstead
- Classic East African luxury
- Herb and flower gardens
- 200+ species of birds
- On-site spa
- Take part in bread baking and coffee roasting
Gibbs Farm location
- 17 garden cottages
- Open all year round
- Children of all ages welcome
- Visit the Ngorongoro Crater
- African Spa treatments and natural healing
- Farm to Ngorongoro Crater rim walk
- Hippo pool sunset safari
- Mountain biking and Hiking
- Coffee roasting and grinding
- Bread & pastry making
- Milking and vegetable harvesting
Gibbs Farm Lodge rooms
Each of the 17 supremely comfortable, elegant guest cottages is individually named, and the décor is themed accordingly, each theme reflecting a different aspect of Gibb’s Farm.
The cottages are spacious and airy, with eucalyptus wood floors, two queen size beds, a fireplace, verandah and huge bathrooms, complete with indoor and outdoor heated showers and large baths.
There is one cottage with two en-suite bedrooms and a living area, which is ideal for families or for couples travelling together.
All the cottages are nestled underneath or in between, mature old trees, shrubs and bushes offering total privacy from your neighbours.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Gibb’s Farm has the largest solar panel array in northern Tanzania, recycles 100% of its grey water, recycles or disposes 100% of waste onsite, grows nearly 100% of the organic produce served on site, and provides primary health care for some 500 locals at its Osero Forest Clinic, which integrates conventional medicine with traditional Maasai practices.”
And don’t forget… for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.