Gibb’s Farm

Gibb’s Farm is located in Karatu, a lush area of flower farms and coffee plantations in the rolling hills that surround the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

A former colonial homestead, the property comprises of a central farmhouse and 17 charming guest cottages, each unique in decoration but all fitted with hardwood flooring, fireplaces and private verandas. There is also a two-bedroom family cottage available.

The main farmhouse contains a lovely living room, two airy dining rooms and plenty of cosy corners to curl up with a cup of tea. Up here, you’ll also find reception plus a little boutique with a selection of East African books, artworks and organic Gibb’s Farm Arabica coffee for sale. The hearty, healthy meals at Gibbs’ Farm also contain plenty of homegrown ingredients, from fresh milk and cream to fruit and vegetables.

Guests are invited to wander the picturesque grounds of the property to experience a real working farm at the edge of a primeval forest. Learn to milk a cow, pick berries or trek out to waterfalls and “caves” made by elephants seeking vitamins in the soil. You can even stroll over to a neighbouring village to gain some insight into traditional Tanzanian rural life. As the property is close to the Ngorongoro Crater, a full day excursion on foot will take you to the crater rim. To conclude a long day outdoors, indulge in a massage in the privacy of your own cottage.


How to get to Gibb’s Farm

Gibb’s Farm is located in Karatu, 45 minutes by road from Kilimanjaro International Airport or 1.5 hours from Arusha. The closest airstrip to the homestead is Manyara, which is an hour away and receives daytime flights only.

Activities at Gibb’s Farm

  • Farm tours and hands-on farm experiences
  • Village excursions
  • Waterfalls and “elephant caves” hike
  • Ngorongoro Crater Rim guided walk
  • Signature spa treatments in the privacy of your cottage

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Gibb’s Farm Highlights

  • A charming former colonial homestead set amid flower gardens and coffee plantations
  • Hearty home-cooked meals prepared with organic ingredients
  • African-inspired spa treatments
  • Opportunities to tour a working farm
  • Activities ranging from village walks to waterfall and Crater rim hikes

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What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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