A charming and historical lodge, with spacious and luxurious newly renovated cottages.
Gibbs Farm is near the village of Karatu, half way between the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. This is within the 3,200 square metre Ngorongoro Crater Reserve, in the North of Tanzania.
Accommodation & Facilities
All of the newly renovated cottages have kept their original charm, mirroring the original style with added luxury. They now all have private verandas, beautiful wooden floors and spectacular views of the flower gardens and the crater. Cottages are light and airy with wrap around windows; there are also cute fireplaces in the bathrooms to keep you warm in the cooler evenings. Cottages are en-suite with spectacular bathrooms, large baths to soak in, with almost an entire wall made from opening windows so you can feel nature surrounding you. The outdoor showers are sheltered by large, exotic banana plants – resulting in one of the most exhilarating showers you will ever have!
In the main area you will find a cosy living room, reading room/library, which used to be the knitting room and a wonderfully decorated dining room in which you will enjoy some sumptuous cuisine.
Gibbs Farm also runs a ‘Living Spa’ with specific treatments for weary travellers and indigenous Maasai healing techniques, passed down through many generations.
Most of the food you will eat is sourced from the farm itself; there is a herb garden as well as the fruit and vegetable garden. Meat is either from the farm or an employee farm, so there is no doubt on where you food came from – and everything is organic. Breakfast is usually a buffet; homemade granola and muffins as well as sausages, eggs and bacon. Lunch is also a buffet, lots of homemade soups, pies and wood-oven baked breads, as well as some legendary deserts.
Gibbs Farm offers a huge range of activities. Guests are always welcome to join in with the coffee roasting or take a tour of the gardens and there is spectacular birding here with over 220 different bird species. There are visits to the local village, Tloma, where you can take a tour of the primary school or explore the village for an intimate look at Tanzanian life. The Artists in Residence program is called Sanaa and you can watch these masters at work, creating some of the ‘continents finest work’ There are lots of walks to take part in, around the village, in the Ngorongoro Forest, through the farm and to the crater, there is even an indigenous medicine walk. Other options include a night game drive, visits to the waterfall / elephant caves or a Hippo Pools Sunset Safari. The staff at Gibbs Farm enjoy jogging, so you are welcome to join them (if you can handle the altitude of 5,700 feet), it’s a really good way of seeing the village with people who know it well.
All children are welcome at Gibbs Farm.
This is a great place to stay in regards to responsible tourism, they really do believe in doing their bit, and more. All gray water is recycled, heating is solar powered and organic fruit and vegetables are grown on the premises. There are also policies for cultural preservation, wildlife conservation, community health initiatives as well as development and poverty relief.