Located in the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater, Gibb’s Farm overlooks the centuries-old Great Rift Valley. Recently named Best Safari Lodge and one of The Top 100 Hotels in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey, the farm captures the essence of Tanzania’s rich history deeply rooted in East African culture and the community.

Established in the 1920’s and since refurbished, 21 uniquely decorated cottages overlook magnificent gardens. Explore nearby Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara or immerse yourself in a sanctuary for the senses, where the farm’s gentle rhythms impart peace and well-being in unparalleled surroundings. The gentle and soothing ways of Gibb’s Farm offer a welcome retreat from the rigors of daily life or the adventures of safari to Tanzania.

There is a cadence to the rhythm of this working farm—never fast, always nurturing. Organic Arabica coffee is grown and roasted on the farm. A 10-acre organic fruit, vegetable and herb garden, on-site dairy and bakery provide the wonderful ingredients for the farm-to-table cuisine.

Experience a sense of place as you recline on your veranda, walk in the Ngorongoro Forest, explore elephant caves or bicycle the back roads of Karatu. To calm and restore, immerse your senses in a true path of wellness through a Gibb’s Farm traditional African Massage, featuring indigenous Maasai healing treatments. Gibb’s Farm is dedicated to creating unique activity programs that enrich the community as well as the guest’s experience. A “farm life” encourages cultural awareness, historical interest, a connection to wellness, nature and a desire for adventure.


Property Facilities

  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Eco Friendly
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Restaurant

Room Facilities

  • Balcony / Deck
  • Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Dressing Gowns
  • En-Suite
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Service (Available)

Available facilities

  • Babysitting Service
  • Credit Card
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Room Service.
  • Laundry Service (Complimentary)
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Outside Shower
  • Pure Cotton Linen
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Veranda

Activities on Site

  • Bird Watching
  • Cycling
  • Garden Tours
  • High Tea

Activities Nearby

  • Animal Encounters
  • Big 5
  • Bird Watching
  • Child Friendly Activities
  • Cultural Tours
  • Cycling
  • Game Drives
  • Game Viewing
  • Garden Tours
  • General Sightseeing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Safaris
  • Wildlife Tours
  • Massages
  • Safaris
  • Walks (Guided)
  • Walks (Self Guided)

Room Types

Gibb’s Farm Cottages

ach farm cottage holds its own story connected to Tanzanian culture and offers either twin queen or a king-size bed swathed in a soft mosquito net. Spacious interiors richly appointed with eucalyptus floors and hand-crafted furniture have recently been refurbished with modern touches to accentuate their classic charm. Perfect for smaller families, the cottages can comfortably accommodate a family of four in two queen beds (extra bed available for a third child).

The large bathroom of each cottage offers indoor and outdoor showers, a fireplace in both the living area and bathroom, bathtub and a private veranda complete the sense of tranquil privacy. From the wooden deck, soak up the peaceful surroundings with a view over the gardens, plantation or Great Rift Valley. The Swahili word “Karibu,” is often spoken expressing the genuine, innate pleasure we take in welcoming you as our guest. This is the open-heart of our hospitality.

Bustani House

Nestled in the forest on the slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater overlooking the spectacular Rift Valley, Bustani House has been named for the Swahili word meaning garden. While retaining the farm cottage feel, Bustani has been inspired by nature, the remarkable view and the landscaped gardens directly below. The garden is an ideal spot for book lovers and writers alike, or just to relax and enjoy a break from safari.

The gardens of Bustani afford guests the opportunity to enjoy the tranquil beauty of nature against a backdrop of singing birds. Experience paradise which has been created and preserved for you by the passionate Gibb’s Farm garden team, as well as our talented carpenters who have produced some of the furniture, a labor of love. Inside, the beautiful architectural details such as the original wooden beams and colorful artwork of local artists greet you.

Charming with modern accents and dark wood finishes, the spacious two-bedroom cottage offers a master en-suite bedroom with a king-size bed and a second en-suite bedroom with two queen-size beds. Each bathroom offers an indoor shower and bath as well as an outdoor shower. The cosy living room is complete with a fireplace and the inner sanctum extends outwards to an expansive private veranda, an idlyllic setting for afternoon tea or a moment of peace. Guests can enjoy Wi-Fi access in the rooms, a writing desk area, hairdryer, and in-room safe.

Deutsches House

Named in honour of the German Duke who founded Gibb’s Farm in the early 1900s, Deutsches House is a comfortable family retreat. Unwind amidst the peace and tranquillity of the farm after a day of activities. Richly appointed with eucalyptus floors and hand-crafted furniture, history imbues the finishes and carefully selected artworks which adorn the walls creating an atmosphere of classic charm from a bygone era.

The house features an en-suite master bedroom with a king-size bed and a second en-suite bedroom with two queen-size beds. Both bedrooms offer an indoor shower and bath as well as an outdoor shower (voted as one of the world’s best outdoor showers by Forbes). Relax in the comfort of the spacious living room beside a roaring fireplace with an absorbing read and cup of freshly roasted coffee, or enjoy the chatter of birds from the large, private veranda.

Steeped in the history of the farm, Deutsches offers cosy accommodation for up to four adults or two adults and four children. After a long day’s adventure on safari in Tanzania, recline on the veranda and let the verdant setting soothe your mind and quieten your soul.


01 Jan -31 Mar 2021Full BoardUS$ 580
01 Apr – 31 May 2021Full BoardUS$ 445
01 Jun – 31 Oct 2021Full BoardUS$ 580
01 Nov – 15 Dec 2021Full BoardUS$ 445
16 Dec – 31 Dec 2021Full BoardUS$ 580

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:


Full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Farm based and local cultural activities, Wi-Fi, Return Lake Manyara Airport Transfers for all stays of 2 nights or more)


Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive personal travel insurance is not included in the price.

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