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Gibb's Farm

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Gibb's Farm is an old 1920s coffee plantation with terraced gardens on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Highlands and Rift Valley Escarpment. Gibb's Farm is a remarkable hideaway between the National Parks and conservation areas.

At a Glance

  • Huge rooms with outdoor decks

  • Beautiful location overlooking the surrounding countryside

  • Walk with the chef around the extensive vegetable garden

  • Perfect place to relax

  • Enjoy their home grown coffee and organic juices

Wildlife, Honeymoon

Insider's View

Take a lovely walk down to the waterfall through the coffee plantation.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Explore the most extensive vegetable garden I have ever seen and taste their utterly delicious farm grown coffee

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

Drift into dreams with firelight from the open wood fire dancing off the walls and let the silence of the surrounding hills and coffee plantation lull you to sleep

Jules Maury

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Join in with the farm activities from picking coffee to help milk the cows.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Feed the resident bush baby before dinner.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Have a look round the art gallery which rotates local Tanzanian artists.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Watch a demonstration of coffee roasting before enjoying some for breakfast

Anna Hearn

Insider's View

A tour round the vegetable garden is an absolute must. They grow everything from artichokes to asparagus to blackberries!

Scott Dunn team

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Gibb's Farm or take a look at our itineraries to Serengeti and northern Tanzania


Established in the early 1920s as a coffee farm, Gibb's Farm has retained the charm of life in East Africa during that era. It is positioned 5 kilometers from the village of Karatu, at the entrance to the Ngorongoro Highlands, midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. Gibb's Farm commands spectacular views of the surrounding farmlands, and the forested slopes to the rear are home to an abundance of wildlife, including elephant and leopard.

Gibb's Farm has 17 farm cottages and one two bedroom cottage ideal for families, all set among the gardens. 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.


There are 17 en-suite cottages available at Gibb's farm and one two bedroom cottage with private lounge area, ideal for a family or couples traveling together. Each cottage has its own theme and is furnished with eucalyptus floors, hand crafted furniture, two queen sized beds, indoor and outdoor showers, a fireplace and a private veranda.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Gibb's farm, however there are no child specific facilities available for them.


Bar, Restaurant, Internet facilities, Laundry service, Spa


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 and mountain bikes available to borrow to explore the area.

Location & Directions

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Gibb's Farm is located on the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Gibb’s Farm hugs nearly a mile of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, part of a 3,200 square mile reserve. Ideally located, the Farm lies half way between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater, near the village of Karatu.

When to go

Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Gibb's Farm or take a look at our itineraries to Serengeti and northern Tanzania

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