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tranquility and history—deeply rooted in TANZANIAN culture and community!

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Upon arrival, an intimate garden path beckons you to the authentic farmhouse, gently refurbished to offer a rustic, luxurious and welcoming sanctuary. One of the first guesthouses in northern Tanzania, Gibb’s Farm began as a coffee farm in the late 1920s. The sense of history is palpable as you stroll through the gardens or sit on your veranda overlooking the centuries-old Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Forest.


The main farmhouse and 17 cottages are cozy and enchanting, reflecting the heritage and architecture of another time and place. Original wood beams overhead, fireplaces and works by local artists throughout lend warmth and invite guests to pause and relax. Tokens of yesterday are found here and there—gifts from Zanzibar and the coast, books and needlepoint left behind by its maker.


There is a cadence to the rhythm of the farm—never fast, always nurturing. Neglected through the war years, the farm was bought in 1948 by James Gibb, a British war veteran. His wife Margaret started the farm’s wonderful vegetable and flower gardens, and she ran the farm until 2003. Today’s owners continue the rich legacy of Gibb’s Farm, refurbishing the house and farm to ensure a warm and welcoming luxury hotel experience for guests to enjoy for decades to come.

Integral to the contentment and peaceful energy of Gibb’s Farm is a deep and long-standing connection to the community. Generations of families have been a part of Gibb’s Farm, helping to create a truly authentic luxury hotel in Tanzania, based upon African traditions and hospitality.


As a friend, teacher and supporter of the local community, Gibb’s Farm provides area residents with employment, training and education opportunities, and works to improve the surrounding infrastructure; maintaining roads and providing fresh well water. As a mentor, Gibb’s Farm founded Mazingira Bora Karatu, a local conservation organization, to promote environmental awareness, and the farm’s sustainable, renewable practices serve as a model for living harmoniously with nature.


Fully inclusive - Per person sharing per night Rates:


  • 2018: from $365 to $485pp, long stay specials available



Farm Life Experiences

As you unwind and relax amidst the peace and tranquility of Gibb’s Farm you may wonder what lies beyond their uninterrupted panoramic views. To allow you to fully experience the rhythms and beauty of the farm, community and nature, Gibb’s Farm offers a variety of activities, adventures and opportunities to rejuvenate. Whether you wish to relax and recharge, explore the diverse natural surroundings or learn more about the local culture and traditions, you have many experiences to choose from. Guests receive a copy of Rhythm of the Farm, a schedule and description of all of the interesting activities that may be experienced throughout the day on the farm. In addition to special daily activities, they offer the following on anoff-farmrm experiences.


  • Morning Bird Census

  • Bread Making

  • Vegetable Harvesting

  • Coffee Roasting

  • Walks - on the farm, among the gardens, in the forests

  • Indigenous medicine walk

  • Artist in Residence

  • Cultural Village tour and school tour

  • Tree planting for Erosion prevention

  • Massages

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