Gibbs' Farm (Ngorongoro
Conservation Area) Tanzania
Gibb's Farm is a working Farm located on the forested
slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It comprises a
warm and friendly community where the rhythm of Farm Life
has calmed and restored the weary safari journeyer for over
Gibb’s Farm hugs nearly a mile of the Ngorongoro
Conservation Area, part of a 3,200 square mile reserve.
Ideally located, the Farm lies half way between Lake Manyara
and the Ngorongoro Crater, near the village of Karatu.
Set among formal English gardens, the Farmhouse and 20
ensuite cottages are the heart of a working farm. Built in
1929, the Farmhouse has hardly changed, retaining the charm
of a well looked-after private house. Cozy living rooms and
reading corners are just steps away from the dining room,
bar and gift shop.
Fireplaces fill the Farmhouse with warmth and historical
charm. Just outside, a sprawling verandah and floral garden
invite sweeping views of the valley below the Farm. Organic
Coffee is grown, processed and roasted on the Farm, and a
vast 10-acre organic fruit and vegetable garden provides 90%
of the ingredients needed for fresh, home-cooked meals.
Gibb’s Farm provides a welcome stay on any safari, and a
base from which to enjoy the many activities 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 our gardens.
• 90% of the food served at the table is grown at Gibb's
Farm. We have 10 acres of vegetables and fruit, 5 acres of
flowers and herbs, and a working dairy and pig farm.
We grow, harvest, process, roast and serve organic coffee.
• We have a tree nursery where we nurture hundreds of young
tree saplings, to encourage the growth of native species.
• 90% of our hot water is heated using solar power.
• All of our crops are grown organically, without chemicals
or pesticides. Reclaimed water is used whenever possible.
• All glass bottles are broken down and recycled, or
used in building foundations.
• We make everything we
possibly can on site, using local materials and local labor.
This includes furniture.
• 99% of our employees are
members of the Karatu community
• Wine bottles are
broken and used in building foundations; plastic bottles are
decomposed by the sun prior to disposal. All of the guest
rooms are built using local materials and labor, thus
supporting the local economy.
Gibbs is a good option for either trips to Manyara, Eyasi
or Ngorongoro Crater itself. Whilst here you can do anything
from walking in the forest reserve (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 (although if this activity really takes off, they're
likely to soon get pretty sick of it).
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.
Accommodation Rates:- From $250 per person per night - Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.