Gibb’s Farm

Karatu, Tanzania

Gibb’s Farm Review 

Many travelers bypass this charming countryside retreat in their rush to reach Ngorongoro Crater, but guests looking for a chance to relax after days of “African Massages” on the bumpy backroads of the many National Parks should consider stopping over for a day or two of relaxation and tranquility. Every corner of the property – from the original farmhouse built in 1929 to the 19 cottages and houses dotted around the grounds of this coffee farm – radiates charm and a sense of old-world comfort, inviting guests to linger over a cup of coffee or glass of wine.


Gibbs Farm


Each of the 19 standalone accommodations on property are uniquely furnished with local art and artifacts – in fact everything on property from the linens to the furniture is either original to the estate or was made in Tanzania. While these spacious cottages with their private verandas, soaking bathtubs, and wood burning fireplaces are definitely a draw, the real gem to be found at Gibb’s Farm is the farm itself! The rich soil of the area makes the flora grow like crazy and the many gardens (herb, cactus, rose, vegetable and even a medicinal garden) around the property provide many opportunities to immerse yourself in nature.


As you might expect from a working farm, the culinary offerings at Gibb’s Farm are truly Farm to Table with many of the menus on property focused on the amazing produce grown throughout the grounds. The culinary team here takes this philosophy one step further and sources any products not available through their own gardens from nearby sustainable farming operations. With full board and half board rates available guests have plenty of chances to sample the delicious pastries, preserves and other English and Tanzanian inspired cuisine on offer.

On Site Activities

While the main draw of the area is a visit to the nearby Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Gibb’s Farm offers so much more for guests to explore and enjoy during their stay. A typical day at Gibb’s Farm might offer guests the chance to enjoy horseback riding around the property, tours of the many different gardens on site, a hike to local caves and waterfalls or even the chance to assist with milking the hotel’s cows or helping to collect eggs for breakfast. Most evenings end with a meeting at the fire pit to learn about everything from Maasai history and traditions to ways in which the local community is working to save the local lion population.

For guests looking for a more relaxing experience – the spa on property offers a small but tailored selection of treatments with (you guessed it!) all of the products used are made on site with items grown on property. Guests can also explore their creative side with art lessons from the current Artists in Residence – or simply a stroll through the gallery in search of an amazing piece to make your own.

Get out & Explore:

Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Eyasi National Park

Tloma Village


Plan Your Tanzania Trip:

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Getting There:

Lake Manyara Airstrip -35 min

Arusha Airport – 2h30min

Kilimanjaro Airport – 4h


Ideal Length of Stay:

3 – 4 days

When to go:

A year-round destination

Peak season from June to September


Who should go:  Families, Couples, Animal Lovers, Adventurers, Wellness Seekers

Combine with:

Tarangire National Park


Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area

Serengeti National Park



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