What makes Gibb's Farm special?
Its location on a coffee farm is unique not only in style and seclusion, but also because of the wonderful activities that are offered - while you might have come to see the Crater or Lake Manyara, Gibb’s Farm is a destination in itself.
Their activities are particularly good for the environment, for the community and the soul. They say their farm is a ‘sanctuary for the senses’ - organic meals sourced from their farm are served every day with freshly baked bread.
After a strenuous day on the road, maasai inspired massages with homegrown products will offer you the ultimate relaxation.
History of Gibb's Farm
This land was originally bought by a German duke, Dr Albert Freiherr von Poelnitz to cultivate coffee in the early 1900s under the German colonial regime.
In 1929, the original farmhouse was built. After several changes in ownership during the war years, the property was bought by James Gibb in the late 1940s who restored it to its former glory and re-started the production of coffee.
In the 1970s, James and his wife Margaret created the first Guesthouse in Northern Tanzania. Since then, both James and Margaret have passed away but their legacy has been continued on.
Rooms & Amenities
Gibb’s Farm is at the higher-end of lodges and hotels in this area. They offer full board including breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as half board which excludes only lunch.
Gibb’s Farm has 17 refurbished one-bedroom cottages. There are twin, queen, or king-sized beds available. Each comes with a lovely private terrace, living area, en-suite bathroom, stunning garden or valley view and outdoor shower.
Also available are two farmhouses, perfectly suited for families and friends travelling together, the farmhouses each sleep up to 4 adults or 2 adults and 4 children. The houses feature an en-suite master bedroom with a king-size bed and a second en-suite bedroom with two queen-size beds. Both en-suites offer an indoor shower and bath as well as an outdoor shower.
Gibb’s Farm is family friendly, inviting children of all ages to stay here. If required, they can also provide child minding, although this needs to be requested in advance.
Activities at Gibb's Farm
At the farm: The farm itself is an activity with all the fascinating places to discover and learn about the farm life. These activities include guided walks around their farm to explain medicinal plants, coffee picking and roasting , feeding pigs and milking cows. In the evening, you can enjoy the stories of the local Maasai about their history and traditions, stories of elephant encounters and other wisdoms at a bonfire.
Community Projects: Gibb’s Farm is highly involved in the community, engaged in projects to support the local people through building school desks, packing school bags and other necessities. Visit their wood workshop, try your hand at making your own desk or visit the primary school in the closest village.
Cultural Tourism: A great opportunity for learning more about Tanzanian culture, customs and traditions. Gibb’s farm organises cycling or walking tours to the closest village, Tloma, or to the Hadzabe Tribe at the Lake Eyasi, one of the last hunting and gathering tribes worldwide.
Nature Tours: Gibb’s farm organises guided walks and cycles around the surrounding countryside. A walk to the Elephant Caves is complemented by a visit to a waterfall and makes for an enjoyable 2 hours hike.
Safari: Gibb’s Farm is located in close proximity to the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park and Lake Eyasi, giving you the opportunity to see wildlife in all its beauty.
About Gibb's Farm
Gibb’s Farm is a secluded coffee farm north of Karatu, in close proximity to an array of national parks and other sights, including the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park and Lake Eyasi.
It’s about a two and a half hour drive from Arusha or can be reached by the Manyara airstrip. Its setting on a beautiful, lusciously green coffee farm makes it a perfect respite after the hours of driving in a safari jeep.