Gibb's Farm lodge hotel is a working Farm located on the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Manyara, five kilometers from the village of Karatu. Gibbs Farm Hotel is an oasis of green, calm and beauty, in a landscape that can often be parched, dry and dusty. The Gibb's Farm lodge offers 20 twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms set among the gardens. The main facilities, consisting of a sitting room, reading room, dining room (which serves fresh, home-cooked meals), bar and gift shop are situated in the old farmhouse. Coffee is grown, processed and roasted on Gibb's Farm, and a vast ten-acre fruit and organic vegetable garden provides nearly all the fruit and vegetables to the guests, who wake up to fresh coffee, a multitude of flowers and breathtaking views.
The old-colonial farmhouse in Tanzania that is now Gibb's Farm lodge was built by German settlers in the early 20th century, still has the character of a well-looked-after-private house with roaring fires and friendly service. The farm, neglected through the war years, was bought in 1948 by James Gibb, a British war veteran, who returned it to production. In 1959, he married Margaret, who was born in Tanzania to British parents. Soon, Margaret started a small vegetable and flower garden. In 1960 the Ngorongoro Conservation Area was established adjacent to and north of Gibb's Farm. In 1972, Gibb's Farm became an accommodation for tourists.
James Gibb died in 1977 and the coffee estate, except for a small section for use in the lodge, was sold in 1978 to the Tanzanian Coffee Board. Gibbs Farm is still owned by Margaret Gibb and her husband Per Kullander Gibbs farm luxury hotel is an ideal place for accommodation either en route between Tarangire National Park, Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater or as a place from which to visit Manyara or Ngorongoro. Whilst here you can do anything from walking in the forest reserve below the crater rim, where there is some great birdlife and at least signs of buffalo and elephant, to (if the urge takes you) having a go at milking the farm's cattle. Gibbs have a pretty much access-all-areas philosophy, so if you are interested there'll be someone who'll be happy to show you around; you can take tours of the coffee farm and the extensive vegetable gardens or just sit and take a break from the pace of your safari
Gibb's Farm lodge hotel Accommodation
Gibb's Farm lodge hotel offers 20 twin hotel rooms with ensuite bathrooms, set among the gardens. Two of the rooms are linked making them ideal for families. All Gibb's Farm rooms retain the charm of their unique garden setting. The main facilities, consisting of a sitting room, reading room, dining room, bar and gift shop, are situated in the old farmhouse.
Gibb's Farm lodge hotel restaurant
At Gibb’s farm Start your day with a cup of freshly roasted Gibbs Farm coffee then proceed to the fresh fruit buffet where you will find a large assortment of tropical fruits, homemade granola and muffins. The waiters will then take your order for eggs, omelets, pancakes, bacon or sausage.
Lunch is buffet style that includes a wide selection of savory pies, vegetable dishes, hot dishes and salads, as well as a few traditional African dishes, followed by a desert buffet that includes items such as chocolate mousse and Reggie's famous rice pudding.
Dinner begins at 7:30 every night with a set four-course meal served to your table. Always included is homemade bread and rolls, an interesting starter such as banana rice, followed by soup and then a main course of meat, three different farm fresh vegetables and a green salad
Tanzania Safaris from Gibb’s Farm Luxury Family and honeymoon Hotel
Waterfall Walk: The lodge guests can walk to the top of a nearby waterfall and see caves made by elephants. This guided walk takes about two or two and half hours, and winds its way in and out of the forest highlands with breathtaking vistas; you will often see wildlife and always a multitude of birds.There are over 200 different species of birds at Gibb's Farm. If you are an avid birder, we will schedule a personal bird walk with one of the lodge naturalists or you can simply spend the day on your own checking off your bird life list.
Coffee and Garden Tours.
Coffee roasting process: Growing and processing coffee is only part of the process. Check out the daily roasting operation taking place on the patio.Local community visit: The Iraqw is the local tribe that has inhabited the immediate Ngorongoro highlands near Gibb's Farm for over 200 years. Walk or drive the 4-kilometers to a traditional Iraqw home; the home is built entirely using traditional materials and methods of construction, just as it would have been 200 years ago. You will see many of the traditional tools and weapons used by the Iraqw. Try your hand at grinding maize using grinding stones and listen to a presentation and demonstration of traditional Iraqw skirt making.
Gibb’s Farm hotel provides a welcome stay on any safari in Tanzania, and a base from which to enjoy the many family tours available in the foothills of the Ngorongoro Forest, the Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara National Park. Even if your stay is short, find time for a gentle walk or a tour of Arusha and dare es salaam.The panorama of the Ngorongoro in Northern Tanzania, above the Great Rift Valley, includes the famous caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater, and a range of extinct volcanoes with the evocative Maasai names of Oldeani, Olmoti, Loolmalasin, and Empakaai. North is the still active volcano of Oldoinyo Lengai, Mountain of the Gods, while beyond are the endless Serengeti Plains, Lands of Infinite Space.
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