Gibb’s Farm

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Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Gibb’s Farm lies in delightful gardens on a coffee plantation overlooking the Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Forest between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. Originally built in the early 20th century by German settlers, this luxury retreat is one of Northern Tanzania’s oldest guesthouses.  Its design reflects the area’s heritage and architecture and it has a relaxing, home-away-from-home atmosphere.

Offering warm hospitality, mouthwatering cuisine and a host of unique adventures, Gibb’s Farm will appeal to couples and families seeking a peaceful and serene hideaway with an emphasis on relaxation.

It provides 17 individually designed, cozy cottages with beautifully appointed interiors, which combine rustic charm with modern comforts. Each one features a stone fireplace and delightful verandah with enchanting views.

There is an array of activities on offer and you can do as much or as little as you wish. Enjoy farm walks, go mountain biking, visit the elephant caves or ancient waterfalls, meet a local family and learn about local culture, try your hand at bread making, or indulge in a Massai healing treatment In the privacy of your room.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara into a greater Tanzania holiday. Take a look at Safari, Sand and Sea as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

Gibb’s Farm Information

Location and getting there:

It is located halfway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater near the village of Karatu in Northern Tanzania. It is a 2-hour drive from Arusha.


There are 17 cottages featuring rustic décor, eucalyptus floors, handcrafted furniture, 2 queen-size beds, indoor and outdoor showers, a huge stone bath, a fireplace and verandah. A 2-bedroom family cottage is also available.


Main farmhouse with living room and 2 dining areas
Reading room


The array of activities includes village walks, farm walks, walking safaris, trips to ancient waterfalls and the elephant caves, day and night game drives and cycling safaris. Cultural experiences such as visiting a local family or school or touring the town of Karatu are also on offer.


Children of all ages are welcome although facilities for them are limited. Younger guests will enjoy wandering around the farm and helping feed the animals and milk the cows. Babysitting can be arranged.

Gibb’s Farm Price Guide

2 out of 5

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