Reviews of Gibb's Farm
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Gibb's Farm review
This was another warm welcome from the hotel and their staff who made our stay most enjoyable. Our private accommodation was spacious well appointed and most comfortable being set in beautiful gardens. We liked the wood fire which welcomed us back after our evening meal.
Again, we had a superb guide in Jacob who was with us from the airport through two excellent drives, finally delivering us to Olivers. His knowledge of birds , animals, flora and landscape was quite outstanding. Just like Prim at Sayari.
Gibb's Farm review
When scoring a lodge it is necessary to compare it to the others we stayed at and Gibbs Farm was the worst. The rooms were very basic and freezing at night.
In fairness, the owner said that ours was one of the rooms that they were intending to demolish in the Autum - presumably to errect something better. It was also an hour or so (perhaps a bit less) from the Ngorongoro crater which was further than I had hoped.
Expert Africa comments
Gibbs Farm has two standards of room – Farm Cottages and Standard Rooms. We tend to avoid booking the Standard Rooms as they are much simpler than the cottages, however in this case we booked Gibb’s at the last minute and this room was the only one available. Though they are simple, they are good value and cost quite a bit less than the larger and newer cottages so for those on a budget they are still a good option.
Gibb’s is located in an area called Karatu which is around a 45-60 minute drive – so it is a reasonable drive from the Crater. However accommodation on the Crater rim is very limited. You can either opt for the very good, yet exceedingly expensive, Crater Lodge; stay somewhere tented at a relatively high cost; or opt for a larger international-style hotel, which has around 100 rooms.
Karatu offers more choice and includes some really good lodges set on coffee plantations and farms. Though these are a distance away from the Ngorongoro Crater, they are a good option for their style, comfort and service. In future we’ll try harder to bring the distance of this area from the Crater to the attention of our travellers before they book.
Gibb's Farm review
Gibbs Farm is very professionally run, more like a business and a bit removed from the African safari experience.
The Location is between both Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro Crater, about 1 hour drive from each. As the location is quiet high up it can get a little cool in the mornings & evenings.
The room we had Ngorongoro as it was called was one of the bigger lodges. The room was very impressive with 2 double beds and an indoor and outdoor shower (too cold to go out though). There was also a fireplace there as well which we made use of one night as it was chilly.
The staff were very friendly and looking to help where they could.
The food was excellent with most of the vegetables & fruit grown on the farm. There was loads to choose from in the morning & lunch time, dinner you didn't have as many choices but the quality was the same.
We had a day out here instead of going back to the crater for a second day and had a nice tour around the farm. You can also do an Elephant Cave tour as well ($10), but we didn't do it.
Overall we were really impressed with Gibbs, very well run and gives loads of employment to the locals. Just maybe a bit too removed from the rest of the Tanzania experience, as they seemed to be into $$$ as they charged for everything compared to the other places.
Stay at Gibbs
We had two nights at Gibbs with a visit to the Ngongoro crater in the middle. Our room at Gibbs was fantastic - we were in one of the renovated cottages.
Overall Gibbs was good, but just missed out on being great. Little things let it down like the water in the jugs in our room not being filled up, and although we were told that we could get some things ironed and they would be picked up from the room, no-one turned up for them. The other thing about Gibbs is that after the very personal service you get in the small tented camps it feels a bit large and soulless. The food was good (but not excellent) and the scrambled eggs at breakfast had obviously been pre-cooked and were very dry. We enjoyed the walk we took around the farm.
Just one little warning about leaving your things in the vehicle. We left a pair of binoculars in the vehicle whilst we were at Gibbs. The driver took the vehicle into Karatu, a town close by, to get it washed and our binoculars went missing. The driver got them back for us by going back to the guy who washed the car and threatening him with the police, but we might not have been so lucky. I'm sure you're OK leaving things in the vehicle whilst at the mobile tented camps but it's not a good idea to leave things in it at other busier places.
We had been to Ngorongoro before and although we enjoyed our second trip there we were not as awestruck as the first time. Also it was a pretty long drive from Gibbs to the crater. Last time we stayed on the crater rim and really liked being able to view the mist over the crater early in the morning and to hear the masai cowbells as they moved their cattle.
In addition the crater was very busy - lots more vehicles than when we went last time (about 8/9 years ago). We also found out how much they charge for a vehicle, driver and passengers to get into the crater (£300) and if we had known we might not have gone.
Gibb's Farm review
Really liked Gibbs. Only negative comment is that they charge for laundry service. Food was greatRead more about the whole trip
In the coffee plantation
We arrived after a long trip from London to find ourselves in a fantastic lodge in the middle of the 'no where'. The terrace of our bungalow looked onto a 'botantical' garden - as did the restaurant - which we have only ever encountered in a Botantical Garden.
The food was excellent and flavoursome. The staff were friendly and helpful.
A great start to a great holiday.