Gibb's Farm

Reviews of Gibb's Farm

Good(85%) From 26 travellers
Excellent
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Good
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Below are independent comments from 26 of our travellers who have visited Gibb's Farm, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr MW and Mr M from France
Arrived on: 11-Feb-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Good
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Activities:
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Beautiful setting

The setting at Gibb's Farm in the lush gardens and the coffee plantations at the edge of the forest is sensational and it's a great place from which to visit the Crater. The room was superb.

The food was more than plentiful. While we had excellent service from the staff we did feel that there was a corporate feel rather than a personal service.

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John
Arrived on: 22-Jan-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Gibb's Farm review

There is a guilty pleasure in staying at Gibbs Farm.

The setting is gorgeous, though the extra miles to travel wore on us in the end.

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Mrs J. from Bantry
Arrived on: 12-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Average
Average
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Average
Average
Facilities:
Average
Average

Not quite up to standard although still good

The menus were overlong and complicated and it's a pity they didn't use their kitchen garden to better effect. We thought 3 courses sufficient in the evening - they had four. Everyone very friendly but the electrics in particular need updating, as do some of the doors and windows - it is a bit worrying to have to fiddle with a loose socket to make a light come on.

A new manager had just taken over and will probably make changes in the near future. We wish him luck as it is a fabulous place.

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Mr & Mrs W from Bognor Regis
Arrived on: 14-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Gibb's Farm review

Excellent location for the crater visit...superb bungalows with cosy fires lit in the evenings for extra comfort.

We enjoyed a talk about the coffee plantation when we first arrived and thought maybe an extra day here would have been nice to take advantage of all the activities they had on offer.

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Mr J. from Amersham
Arrived on: 30-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Excellent
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a green oasis, excellent stay

excellent accommodation and personal service
food excellent, lots of choice and super quality
room accommodation excellent, nice fireplace and comfy beds
very relaxing environment

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Mr and Mrs R from Bath
Arrived on: 7-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Excellent
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Service:
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Food:
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Gibb's Farm review

Rather a long way from the main road. but beautiful location!

The staff were especially friendly and efficient.

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Miss S & Mr T from London
Arrived on: 2-Jun-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent
Location:
Excellent
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Rooms:
Good
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Service:
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Food:
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Activities:
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Gibb's Farm review

We very much enjoyed our stay at Gibb's Farm, the place has a wonderful "Out of Africa" feel to it, with the guest rooms located in the middle of an active coffee plantation. The views from the terrace and the main guest house are stunning, the food is excellent and all the staff are friendly and helpful. Our guest room was spacious and beautiful, and as we stayed in early June when the nights and early mornings are very cold, we particularly appreciated the fireplace in the room.
Our only suggestion for improvement would to reduce the humidity in the rooms (even the bed linen felt uncomfortably humid) either by installing de-humidifiers and/or by providing more firewood to last the night.
We also want to say a special thanks to Ami, our guide for the Manyara / Ngorongoro leg of the trip who was excellent, really friendly and welcoming, just the loveliest person, as well as totally reliable, very knowledgeable and always happy to answer our endless questions about his country.

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Mr & Mrs H - Newcastle Upon Tyne
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Good
Good
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
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Food:
Excellent
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Activities:
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Very attractive setting

Lovely welcome and explanation of room facilities. Cottage was large and well-furnished. It was nice to have a good shower with plenty of hot water. Only drawback was that mosquito net around bed could have been designed better - it didn't overlap properly so wasn't really closed and left no room at all to manoeuvre round the bed. The grounds of the farm are lovely with gardens and flowers outside the cottages. There was also a fabulous view from the terrace outside the main farmhouse - where we had tea and cake in the afternoon (all included).

We appreciated the chance to just dine on our own here after a couple of days dining 'en famille' on safari. The service was very good and the food excellent - all locally grown vegetables and lovely soups.

We didn't really mind the drive to the crater, although I suppose it would have been marginally better to have been closer to the rim to save time. Our guide Kevin, from Asilia, was excellent. He had brought us from Lake Manyara airstrip and then took us to the crater the next day. He had an excellent sense of humour and was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the crater very much although I think I was expecting to be falling over the animals and it wasn't quite like that! However, we saw a serval very close (in the daytime), and some other things we hadn't seen before such as flamingos doing aerial acrobatics and ostrich mating displays.

It would have been good to stay here one more night so that perhaps we could have walked to the Crater rim or done other activities on the farm but sadly we didn't have time.

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Mr & Mrs B from Kent
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
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Rooms:
Average
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Service:
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Food:
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Facilities:
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Gibbs Farm review

A totally different location to a camp as this was in a rural location. There was no warm welcome here like other camps on our safari.

Run more like a Hotel and with no complementary items other than tea/coffee and that was a do it yourself in the main lounge. It's setting, once there, was in beautiful gardens on a coffee plantation with good views of the surrounding countryside. The individual chalets, although large and well furnished and colonal in nature were starting to look rather tired.

This was an ideal place for visiting the Ngorongoro Crater, speaking to other travellers who stayed in Lodges on the Rim, we were infact glad that we had stayed at Gibbs Farm.

Onec again we had our own driver / guide so we did not go on their activites.

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Mr D & Mrs B from Wiltshire
Arrived on: 11-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
Average
Average
Location:
Good
Good
Rooms:
Good
Good
Service:
Average
Average
Food:
Poor
Poor
Facilities:
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Poor

disappointing given reputation

Not sure why we didn't fly on to be met at Lake Manyara airport so as to minimise road travel.
Accommodation and setting were great. Service was patchy (lack of apparent leadership) Some individual staff were helpful.

Solar hot water didn't work resulting in cold showers. Internet access very poor. Food poorest durng our trip.

We understand there has been a change of ownership and marketing now to American tour groups. During our visit, several tour groups arrived for one day/night. Independent travellers such as ourselves were marginalised. Overall our stay was disappointing given the reputation of Gibb's Farm. With hindsight we think we would have preferred to stay at the Serena Crater lodge

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Expert Africa comments

Gibbs Farm responded with the following comments:

There are four issues for this recent complain and I have put our actions/comments for future travellers.

1) Cold Water.
We have discovered the error in the hot water solar settings and corrected them. We apologize for this.

2) Our food quality not up to standard
We are spending more time in the kitchen to ensure our standards do not slip again.

3) Lack of apparent leadership
This comment starts with the check in, Pre-registration and bag system - we have discussed this.
Greeting in the dining rooms, and escorting to Jacaranda or Dining room, starting at the front of the lodge. We will improve this.

4) Independent Traveler needs special attention
It is sometimes true, that tour groups can spoil the atmosphere. This problem will be sorted out in the next few months as we will renovating the main house/main dining room and we will make sure we look after smaller groups just as well.

Once again very sorry about this and we will make sure that this sort of complaint will not happen again in the future.