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 kilometres 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 several gorgeous new Farm Cottages and 2 standard rooms, all set among the gardens. The main facilities, a sitting room, reading room, dining room, internet café, 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 six en-suite bungalows and 14 en-suite cottages available at Gibb's farm. 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.
When to travel
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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Location and 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.
How to get there
8.5 hour flight to Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi and a short 1 hour flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport which is a short 45-minute drive from the town of Arusha. From here you can transfer to the Farm with a scenic drive, or fly to Lake Manyara (1-hour), where we will meet you with our private vehicles (25-minute drive).