Gibb's Farm: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
|No. of rooms||17|
Main description of Gibb's Farm
Gibbs Farm: Facilities
|Property facilities||Internet Access|
|Room facilities||En-Suite, Fireplace, Internet, Outside Shower, Shower, Verandah, Safe|
|Available services||Credit Card, Foreign Exchange, Laundry Service|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Cycling, Garden Tours, High Tea, Massages, Safaris, Walks, Game Viewing|
Room types at Gibbs Farm
Gibb’s Farm’s rustic charm and gracious accommodations provide an ideal sanctuary for a few day’s respite while on safari or for an extended vacation or honeymoon getaway. Offering 18 guest cottages - each featuring a unique theme and richly appointed with eucalyptus floors, hand-crafted furniture, two queen-size beds, indoor and outdoor showers, bathtub, hairdryer, in-room safe, fireplace and private verandah -it provides an elegant home away from home, with all of the cozy comforts. A cottage with a common living area and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms is available for families or couples traveling together.
Activities at Gibbs Farm
Choose from a wide array of experiences giving you a rich insight into sustainable farming methods, tribal folklore, Maasai legends, traditional Tanzanian village life, and East African art. You can opt to wander around the farm, help out with baking, harvesting or coffee roasting, take a variety of walks in the surrounding areas, visit the local rural community on a cycling safari, experience a wildlife safari in Lake Manyara National Park, or volunteer for various community programmes.
Community & Cultural Experiences
Through Gibb’s Farm’s artists-in-residence program, East African artists stay at the farm and create commissioned artwork. Meet some of East Africa’s most talented artists, learn about their influences and inspiration and watch them create their artwork, which is available for purchase.
Outing to Tloma, a nearby village, where you have the opportunity to meet a local family and learn about Iraqw culture and traditional ways of life. Discover the age-old process of making pots, try your hand at pounding grain and taste the local brew.
Helping Hands Safari
Get to know a culture and people while on safari by lending a helping hand for the communities that support your vacation or travel experience. Gibb’s Farm offers different opportunities to get involved, including School Desk and Furniture Carpentry and Erosion Control Tree Planting
Karatu Town Tour
A tour of Karatu, where you will visit various businesses such as the market, a local bar and hair salon, and observe daily life in this African town.
Tloma Primary School Visit
Meet the students and teachers at Tloma Primary School, and learn firsthand about the successes and challenges of education in rural Tanzania.
Explore the back roads of the village by bicycle or for the more adventurous, take a mountain bike day trip to Rotia, an unforgettable way to experience rural Tanzania.
Gibb’s Farm offers many different walks, depending upon your interests and desired activity level.
Around the Farm - Experience a real working farm as you explore our organic 10-acre fruit and vegetable gardens and 30-acre coffee fields.
Garden Walk - A 40 minute stroll through eight historic gardens with Horticulturist Lazaro Msasi Gwandu.
Indigenous Medicinal Walk - Indigenous Maasai healers lead you through the Ngorongoro Forest, where over 20 medicinal plants commonly used in Tanzania to treat health problems are described.
Ngorongoro Forest Walk - A Gibb’s Farm naturalist is your guide for this tranquil two-hour walk through the farm and into the Ngorongoro Forest. Discover more than 200 species of birds, dozens of native plants and trees, and an incredibly diverse array of wildlife.
Safari - Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater
On safari to nearby Lake Manyara National Park or Ngorongoro Crater, the wildlife is abundant.
Ngorongoro Crater boasts more than 30,000 animals, in and around the crater, including lion, hippo, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, African buffalo and more. You will soon see why Ngorongoro Crater is considered to be among the world’s great wonders!
In Lake Manyara National Park, you can see giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, ostrich, elephant, bushbuck, aardvarks and the occasional leopard, while the lake attracts over 380 species of birds, including flamingoes, pelicans, storks, cormorants, Egyptian geese and spur-winged geese.
A delicious gourmet picnic on safari with farm fresh bread and produce tops the experience
Traditional African Massage Treatments
A variety of treatments, tailored to suit your needs, are offered within the privacy of your cottage. Based on Maasai healing techniques, the naturally derived treatments draw from over 50 different indigenous plants and offer a complete sensory experience.
Village Walk - This leisurely two-hour walk around our neighboring village of Tloma provides a personal look at Tanzanian village life.
Farm to Ngorongoro Crater Rim Hike - Guided by a Gibb’s Farm naturalist and rangers from Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this exciting 6-7 hour wilderness hike takes you to awe-inspiring, untouched forests where you will encounter unique plant life, animals and rare birds. A medium - high level of fitness is required.
Waterfall/Elephant Caves Walk - On this two-hour hike through the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you will discover a magnificent waterfall and incredible “elephant caves” created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the vitamin-rich soil. You may see buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck and baboons, also attracted by the soil.
Hippo Pools Sunset Safari Outing
After an early lunch, experience a guided afternoon drive through the famous Manyara National Park to see hippos gathered at sunset at the Hippo Pools. Enjoy drinks and snacks as you marvel at these magnificent creatures.
Lake Manyara Night Drive
One of the best ways to observe rarely-seen nocturnal animals as park guides take you on a wondrous night of discoverya to Lake Manyara National Park.