Gibb's Farm

Gibb's Farm

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#1 of 2 farmhouses in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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A luxury lodge in Northern Tanzania, Gibb’s Farm offers a welcome respite for the East Africa safari traveller. Immerse yourself in a sanctuary for the senses, where the farm’s gentle rhythms impart a sense of peace and well-being. Experience a sense of place as you recline on your verandah, walk in the Ngorongoro Forest or explore the back roads of Karatu. Replenish with inspired organic cuisine, fresh from the farm’s gardens, bakery and dairy. Surround yourself with the rich traditions of East African life, exclusive to Gibb’s Farm, and share an eternal sense of history and community.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Yoga room
Pool with view
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Hiking
Babysitting
Internet
Shallow end in pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Walking tours
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Foot massage
Full body massage
Massage
Neck massage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Bathrobes
Desk
Fireplace
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Seating area
Bottled water
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Family
Languages Spoken
English
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5.0 of 5 bubbles996 reviews
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Gibb's Farm hotel garners praise for its spacious and charming rooms, which offer stunning views and are often described as a blend of comfort and luxury, despite some dated elements. Guests are enamored with the range of amenities, from the picturesque gardens to the cultural activities that enhance their stay. The spotless environment and meticulous upkeep are highlighted across reviews. While service is lauded for its warmth and efficiency, opinions on value do diverge, with some guests questioning the cost relative to their 5-star expectations.
Atmosphere
Charming
Rooms
Spacious
Value
Expensive
Cleanliness
Meticulous
Service
Attentive
Amenities
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stephanieterracciano wrote a review Oct 2020
Baltimore, Maryland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gibb's Farm was a perfect location for the last four nights of our honeymoon in Tanzania. It offered such a relaxing experience, and we were amazed by the property. When my husband and I walked into our cottage at Gibb's Farm, we both said that it was the most beautiful hotel room we have ever stayed in. The decor, outdoor shower, and porch - every feature added to the overall character of the place. The grounds were beautiful, and we loved touring the gardens and admiring all of the plants and flowers. The food is literally farm to table and was prepared and served with so much care. We loved every meal and especially enjoyed the coffee that they roast on site every day. The managers, Nick and Sally, were so welcoming and we had a great time with them. They did a fantastic job making sure our honeymoon was incredibly special.

We enjoyed having Albert as our driver. He was so fun to work with and very personable. We had a great time with him searching for rhinos in the Ngorogoro Crater and were super grateful for his expertise when he spotted one in the distance. Our flight from Manyara to Dar Es Salaam at the end of the trip was modified by the airline company, and my husband and I are so grateful that Albert was able to drive us to a different airstrip and grateful that Nimrod and the staff at Gibb's were so helpful while we navigated the changes to our plans. We highly recommend Gibb's Farm!
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Diane B wrote a review Apr 2021
Sacramento, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This oasis in the middle of the Ngororngoro Highlands is a wonderful place to spend a few days to recoup after a dusty safari that featured glamping and wildlife galore.
The cottage is spacious and decorated with old English style fabrics and furniture. Indoor and outdoor showers, a super deep bathtub, plenty of electric plugs and a USB hub at the desk. Morning wake up with coffee or tea delivery to the room then a wonderful breakfast in the dining room. All the food was delicious and I had special requests that were met without question. Plentiful staff to meet your every need. Many tours of the farm and surrounding area are offered daily. Want to milk a cow or gather the chicken eggs? Take a swim in the infinity pool? Watch how the farm’s coffee beans are hand roasted? These and so many more opportunities await your visit.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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matthewkarp wrote a review Apr 2022
Tulsa, Oklahoma
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Writers Cottage from March 19th through March 24th, 2022. Everything about Gibbs farm and the cottages are just amazing. The cottage itself was cozy and comfortable and a great place to unwind from many days in safari camps. The cottages were spacious and our had a deck and terrace that had gorgeous views. Even the most panoramic picture could not capture the experience of the view.
The cottage had two showers including an outdoor shower that was still private. The open shower in the bathroom was interesting but also came with great local soaps and shampoo.
The restaurant in the main house was fantastic and both Dafay and George were a joy to talk with. They would greet us every time we saw them and just exude joy and happiness. One tip is since you are on a coffee farm, you must enjoy the coffee. It is just fantastic. The farm also offers many activities you can join in on if interested but we enjoyed just walking around the gardens on our own and enjoying the pool which had a view of the whole valley that is just breathtaking.
Gibbs farm is truly an oasis of peace and a great place to unwind after going on safari while also making a great base for exploring the Ngorongoro crater and region.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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xrayd0ct0r wrote a review Jan 2023
Dothan, Alabama
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It was lovely, service was impeccable and grounds immaculately maintained. Meals were good and service was very good and the plumbing and hot water were the best we encountered in Tanzania. Points off for overall value for the money.

Our travel agent set us up here and only later did I understand the cost (2 units for our family of five, one night=$2400 USD total). Part of this is the exorbitant fees levied by the Tanzania govt (Gibbs is technically within the boundaries of Ngorongoro conservation area), but this is Napa Valley level pricing in an area that really should be more affordable. This was a theme throughout our stay in Tanzania: occasionally you will find value, but usually you are getting soaked and paying more than in the US or Europe for what would be something equivalent.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tamera L wrote a review Jul 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a group of 18 and every single person (including the kids) loved this property. We spent an entire day here to enjoy the property and could have easily done an extra day to see it all. We took the farm tour (and were lucky to see some of the Savanna elephants nearby). We also did the Elephant Cave and Waterfall hike, there was a lot of fresh buffalo dung and we had a ranger along with us on the hike. The hike was done by both kids and adults and it was very interesting and a bit of a climb in some parts. Our guide (Pascal) was informative and personable and everyone had a lovely time.

We purchased amazing artwork from the artist in residence (expensive). He is very talented. There are so many wonderful things to enjoy here, including biking through the local village and yoga. We tried to experience them all.

The food was very good, although some of the kids ordered hamburgers and didn't like them. Also the snacks put out during fire tales and evening performances were popcorn, peanuts and some meatballs. My niece has a peanut allergy and unfortunately wasn't aware that she was eating peanuts as they looked and tasted a little bit different from peanuts served in USA. She ate a handful and had an allergic reaction. We did have to take her to the hospital and she was back within a couple of hours. Nancy was very thoughtful and concerned. I think in future, if someone has a peanut allergy, the staff should be mindful and make sure not to offer them in a group setting.

The cottages were absolutely charming with claw foot bathtubs, fireplace and indoor and outdoor showers and heating blankets.
We stayed in Safari and Deutsches House
Safari Cottage had great views of the farm
Deutsches House had an enclosed view and early morning sounds from the kitchen staff. Lovely 2 bedroom house, bathtubs need to be replaced.
Beauty and Ngoma - was able to fit 6 kids in both connecting cottages

Had a massage from a Martin (who is Masai). Price was very good at $40

Tipping for all back of the house can be done in USD, Tanzanian Schillings or on credit card.

The pool area and views are stunning and the staff did a high tea for us to celebrate birthdays, graduation and anniversary. Simply divine.

I would stay here every day of the year if possible.
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Take advantage of the activities. Note that there is a cost of under $20 for the Elephant Caves...
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Sue F wrote a review Jul 2023
london, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our third visit to Gibbs and it won’t be our last. We were made to feel so very welcome, given the most beautiful, comfortable room overlooking the garden and farm and felt instantly….at home !

It was our plan to relax for a few days before safari and this was the perfect place. It was good to find so many of the staff were still there after our last visit in 2019 and still providing the most excellent service. We wanted for nothing. Everyone is so friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and so keen to give the best possible experience.

The rooms are self contained cottages which are spacious and comfortable, huge beds with electric blankets, good indoor and outdoor showers, furnished tastefully and all with unique views. We thought nothing could beat the first room we had and then each visit, a new room, a beautiful experience. We overlooked the garden and farm this time which was perfect.

The outdoor spaces are exceptionally well managed, lovely gardens tended carefully, plenty of green space with beautiful views to relax in. It’s difficult to find a highlight because there are so many special ones! The organic garden and farm is beautiful, everything is tended so carefully and all of the produce grown there ends up on the menu. The taste, the freshness, the creativity makes for the most delicious food.

Touring the garden and farm was a highlight, lessons in organic farming, meeting the animals and learning some new Swahili words and being cared for by the nicest people always and a special mention to Malchiory who carefully guided us, Pole, Pole!

The only problem we had was leaving

Thank you Everyone at the beautiful Gibbs. You made this stay very special.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Allow yourself to embrace every experience offered
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intheairLosAngeles wrote a review Sept 2021
Pasadena, California
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a fully functioning farm unlike any I have ever seen before. Everything fits together efficiently and organically. The food served in the kitchen comes directly from the farm and it is delicious. The property is a large coffee farm and producer too, so even the morning coffee was just roasted earlier that morning. And the spent coffee beans from processing are composted for the farm. The old coffee trees are sued for firewood, the cows and chicken provide milk and eggs for guests and menu is influenced by what is ready for harvest. You can take a tour fo the entire farm, the gardens, and the chickens and cows and participate in some of the farm chores if interested. We did and it was great fun. The staff are warm, attentive and eager to please. They will arrange anything for you including a candle and fireplace lit table overlooking a the property. That was truly extra special. Great food, impressive setting and all in all a perfect evening.

The rooms are huge with a living room and fireplace, massive bathroom with two showers, one outside and one in, and a bath tub. The fireplace in the living room has two openings so you can enjoy the fire while soaking in the tub.

The only problem here is the internet. They provide tightly secured access provided by satellite. However it is largely non-functional. You should assume you will have no connectivity here.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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CRSTX wrote a review Jul 2023
Dallas, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely place to stay close to the crater but far enough away to have a truly serene experience (away from the crowds). The rooms, bathrooms (plus an outdoor shower), fireplaces in the room, views, food, and especially the staff make this a truly luxury resort. We spent one day exploring the crater and were so happy to come home to Gibbs Farm. We opted not to go back to the crater (one day was plenty) and spent our second day enjoying GF. Definitely tour the gardens/farm and take an escorted hike from the front door into the national park to see elephant caves and a beautiful waterfall. There is no shortage of activities right there! The food was delicious with plenty of options to choose from and many items from the farm on the property. An added bonus was the local entertainment each night.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Egor255 wrote a review Jan 2021
Moscow, Russia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Service 10/10
Food 15/10 (yes that great!)
Rooms 8/10 (maybe could use some fresh paint, and some more light)
Facilities (10/10)

Essentially this is a boutique hotel, where you feel at home, staying with extended family.

The staff go out of their way, always.

We had a small issue with laundry, but the general manager Nick quickly came, apologised, no fuss and explained the situation as is.

The main chef makes amazing food, his pasta is unbelievable!

Only thing missing, I think would be to create an actual spa at the hotel for relaxing after safari, although the pool was fantastic !
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Monica S wrote a review Apr 2021
Maldives
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited this place again after 13 years. I must say it lived upto all aspects for the reasons that I chose to repeat my visit. Located in the countryside of lush green hills near Ngorongoro Crater, it's more than 100 years old farm set up by a German couple and later offered as tourist facility. Massive gardens and coffee Plantation creates the perfect ambience of being in the rift valley of the crater. Most of the cottages over look the coffee Plantation. The architect is rustic with stoned walls, wooden floors and classic interiors taking you back in time. Every piece of furniture, fixture, artifacts and linen typically set in another Era. A perfect antidote with long walks, birds chirping and watching the sun go down from the hill. The food here is organic with hand picked ingredients from the farmhowever I was not much impressed with the quality and taste. The staff is the highlight. They have been working here for generations and that makes a big difference. It's not just a place to stay its an experience which is must as an antidote after the dusty park ride.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Answer from Tor_Malmros
Dubai, United Arab Emirates624 contributions121 helpful votes
Yes on both counts
Answer from buffettkp
Birmingham, Michigan209 contributions19 helpful votes
I would email them directly. We had a guided tour there. Your questions is pretty ambiguous. Are asking for a day trip there or a day trip some where else?
Answer from GibbsGM
Arusha
Hi Kathy, We have a number of options on our massage menu. The massages are done in the privacy of your cottage. If you go to the Gibb's Farm Tanzania website (unfortunately Tripadvisor does not allow me to include a link here) you will find our massage menu. Best wishes Gerd
Medas2005 asked a question Aug 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota319 contributions146 helpful votes
How far was it to go into the crater to see the wildlife?
Answer from LizHarty
St. Albans, United Kingdom63 contributions26 helpful votes
I checked Google Maps. Their estimate is a little “wrong”. It’s about 45 minutes or so to the gate. Then you have to sort the paperwork. The dive down into the Crater takes another hour but the scenery is so lovely the time flies. I would recommend Gibbs Farm overnight before going to the Crater. They also provided a fantastic picnic lunch for everyone in our party.
Answer from GibbsGM
Arusha
Good morning. Yes, we are building a swimming pool with construction being underway at the moment. The anticipated completion date is mid December this year. Best wishes Gerd
Amanda Traina wrote a tip 08 Jul
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plan a full day to spend at the resort without any game drives to truly take advantage of everything the resort has to offer. "
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Tom M wrote a tip Jun 2024
Marina, California100 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not to be missed on your safari itinerary"
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Caroline Bolivar wrote a tip Apr 2024
Dominical, Costa Rica179 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great place to meet people in the evening happy hour ! A great place to CHILL! Buy their coffee - if coffee is your thing this is the BEST!"
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WilliamDickerson wrote a tip Jan 2024
Tallahassee, Florida237 contributions102 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The location of Gibbs Farm is a good ways from the Crater Decent road. But its kind of in the middle, which makes other parks closer. "
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Amy G wrote a tip Jan 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Loved the morning yoga "
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21
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gibb's Farm
Which popular attractions are close to Gibb's Farm?
Nearby attractions include Rjs Captivating Safari (5.3 km), Elius vincent (4.7 km), and RJ'S CAPTIVATING SAFARI (5.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gibb's Farm?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Gibb's Farm?
Top room amenities include a desk, a fireplace, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Gibb's Farm?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gibb's Farm?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gibb's Farm?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lilac Café, Rhotia Valley's Coffee Corner, and Happy Days Lounge & Lodge.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gibb's Farm?
Yes, guests have access to a pool with a view and a yoga room during their stay.
Does Gibb's Farm have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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