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Gibb's Farm


A luxury lodge in Northern Tanzania, Gibb’s Farm offers a welcome respite for the East Africa safari traveller. The farm is located in Karatu – an area of fertile coffee and arable farms on the south-eastern slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater.  The area sits at about 7500 ft above sea level, often with its head in the clouds, and feels lush, green and in stark contrast to the dry floor of the Rift Valley a short distance to the east.

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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An indulgent farm experience on the edge of the iconic Ngorongoro Crater.

Gibb’s Farm is a welcome break along the safari circuit and ideally located to explore Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. Between numerous activities on the farm and in the surrounding area, guests replenish themselves with organic cuisine, fresh from the farm’s gardens, bakery and dairy. Gibb’s is a sanctuary for the senses surrounded by rich traditions of East African life. 

Gibb’s Farm has 19 guest cottages of which two are family cottages with a common living area, two bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms.

Children of all ages are welcome at Gibb's Farm.


Margaret and Jim Gibb were the first to build guesthouses on the farm, making it the first guest farm in Northern Tanzania. When James Gibb died in 1977, Margaret continued to run the farm until 2003, when she and her late husband, Per Kullander, passed on the Gibb’s Farm tradition to new investors.

A typical afternoon at Gibb's Farm

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. At the farm itself, sitting in the well-mature gardens is a magical experience. 

Community projects and sustainability

Gibb’s Farm is a model for sustainable, environmentally-respectful practices, continuing the legacy of founders Margaret and Jim Gibb. The farm has won numerous awards, including the Tanzania Tourist Board’s 2011 Sustainable Tourism Award, Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s World Savers Award and the Educational Travel Community’s Responsible Tourism Award. Operation of the entire organic farm. 

By Car

The beautiful Gibb's Farm is approx. 1.5 hours to 2 hours from Arusha and is a scenic drive with views of the Northern Rift Valley hills.