The gentle and soothing ways of Gibb’s Farm offer a welcome retreat for the traveler on safari to Tanzania. You will discover an organic oasis, replete with natural beauty, healthful food and sustainable living. The oldest guest house in northern Tanzania, we are committed to the well-being of our guests, community and natural environment.
The bright, airy dining rooms are a delightful way to begin and end each day. The rustic style of the farmhouse has been replicated throughout the dining rooms, which feature exposed trusses, adzed beams, wooden ceilings, iron work and old stone fireplaces.
Chef de Cuisine Lisa Campbell and her culinary team are renowned for creating rich, earth-friendly menus, utilizing fresh, local and seasonal foods whenever possible. Dining room staff are happy to accommodate guests with special dietary needs, including vegan, gluten-free and low-carb menu options.
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. Generations of local families have helped to create a truly special and authentic experience, based upon East African traditions and hospitality. Gibb’s Farm’s deep and long-standing connection to the community continues to inspire excellence and the farm’s sustainable, renewable practices serve as a model for living in harmony with nature.
During your stay you will often hear the Swahili word “karibu,” expressing the genuine, innate pleasure we take in welcoming our guests—an attribute at the heart of our hospitality.
In Room Facilities:
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.
* A visit to Karatu town:
This leisurely two-hour walk around our neighboring village of Tloma provides a personal look at Tanzanian village life. You will discover the true essence and traditions of rural East African village life.
* Farm to Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walk.
A hearty hike leads you to the rim.
Guided by a Gibb’s Farm naturalist and rangers from Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this exciting 6-7 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. Walk availability is subject to track and weather conditions.
* Hippo pools in Lake Manyara:
After an early lunch, experience a guided afternoon drive through the famous Manyara National Park to see hippos gathered at sunset at the Hippo Pools. Enjoy drinks and snacks as you marvel at these magnificent creatures.
* Lake Manyara Night Drive
Evening light on a Baobab tree
One of the best ways to observe rarely-seen nocturnal animals, our night drive outing to Lake Manyara National Park is an experience to remember. Park guides take you on a wondrous night of discovery, followed by warm hot chocolate upon your return to the farm.