Hotel Profile: Gibb’s Farm in Tanzania

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In our Hotel Profile Series, we take a closer look at some of the properties that have charmed, bedazzled and delighted our clients for years without end.

In line with our ongoing theme on East Africa, today’s hotel profile we’re glimpsing into the private rooms of Gibb’s Farm, an incredible place in Tanzania for some post-safari R&R time. WIT Founders Christina and John often stay at the Gibb’s Farm on their biannual trip to Africa, in which they escort clients through the wonders of the Maasai Mara, Serengheti and beyond.

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Gibb’s Farm

This luxury lodge is located in the Karatu area of Northern Tanzania, between the Ngorongoro Crater and Arusha. Just 30 minutes away from both animal-watching areas: Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a long day’s drive through the plains. You can go on walks, visit the local town, and pamper yourself in the onsite spa.

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Winner of multiple awards from Condé Nast Traveler, Tripadvisor and Travel + Leisure, the property has been likened to “Eden”—and we agree.

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Built in the early 20th century by German settlers as a coffee farm, in 1948 Gibb’s Farm was bought by a British war veteran, who restored the farm after its years of neglect, small vegetable and a flower garden that are still there. The 80-year-old farmstead now houses 20 luxurious cottages and a working coffee farm.

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The ambiance is rustic African with a dash of English countryside playfulness. Spend the night in one of these farm cottages, surrounded by flowers, lush foliage and views of the estate from the veranda.

Christina and John often book Gibb’s Farm for their clients at the end of the multi-day safari in Kenya and Tanzania as a perfect conclusion to an African adventure.

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Cuisine

With organic produce and farm-fresh dairy just outside the kitchen door, it’s no wonder the cuisine at Gibb’s Farm is outstanding. With organic veggies, creamy milk, local meats, and, of course, organic Arabica coffee, guests always leave a meal satisfied and satiated. Candlelit dinners are the norm around the farm, with creative, English- and Tanzanian-inspired dishes.

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Activities

Your guide will take you out for a drive around farmlands in Northern Tanzania, or pay a visit to a local Maasai medicine man. Visit nearby villages Tloma to learn about the Iraqw culture and traditional pottery, and swing by the Karatu market for a glimpse of daily life.

Indulge at the spa to soothe your aches, with traditional remedies like Olkaria clay paint, Arabica coffee scrub, Oljingai Heat Revival, Olorien Hot Wood Treatment, and Engorno Milk Massage.

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Gibbs’s Farm also hosts an artists-in-resident program, where East African artists stay at the farm and create commissioned artwork.

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Get involved and contribute a few of your extra hours in down-time with local communities:

  • working alongside carpenters to construct furniture for the area’s schools.
  • planting trees to help control erosion and reforest the region
  • visiting a primary school in Tloma and learn about the successes and challenges in a rural Tanzanian classroom

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Looking forward to your next African adventure? Call Christina to discuss your trip to Africa for a once-in-a-lifetime Safari expedition! 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com. 

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