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#7 of 38 Specialty lodging in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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A luxury lodge in Northern Tanzania, Gibb’s Farm offers a welcome respite for the East Africa safari traveller. Immerse yourself in a sanctuary for the senses, where the farm’s gentle rhythms impart a sense of peace and well-being. Experience a sense of place as you recline on your verandah, walk in the Ngorongoro Forest or explore the back roads of Karatu. Replenish with inspired organic cuisine, fresh from the farm’s gardens, bakery and dairy. Surround yourself with the rich traditions of East African life, exclusive to Gibb’s Farm, and share an eternal sense of history and community.
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Gibbs Farm Road, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania
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Lake Manyara Airport54 mi
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We finished our 2 week safari at Gibbs Farm after being at Solio, Sasaab, Kitchwa Tembo and Grumeti Serengeti. The property is stunning and the food, being farm to fork, was beyond expectation. This is a good place to relax and enjoy the jungle views. Do the elephant caves hike in the afternoon, if you can. The crater is something to behold. Although once down there, it is crowded and feels more like a zoo/park compared to the places we had been before Giibbs. Nothing compares to the Masai Mara and the Serengeti so the crater game drive is a bit of a let down if you finish there. You really do go for Gibbs Farm with the purpose of relaxing and enjoying the farm and the food. The rooms are incredible as is the service.
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What is not to like about this place? My wife and I arrived after an arduous journey from Uganda and were immediately captivated by the beauty of the Farm. Everywhere we looked were flowering tropical plants. We were warmly greeted by the staff and led to our cottage - Ngorongoro. So named because it was the closest on the property to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. But it wasn't really a cottage, more like a small house! Beautifully appointed with a private deck, a foyer, a writing desk (with a view), a sitting area with a fireplace, an indoor shower, an outdoor shower and lots of charm. As nice as the cottage was, the rest of the property was equally nice. Loved the outdoor seating area with a view over the coffee fields. Loved the dining room with the farm-to-table menus. Loved the activities list on the chalkboard; and felt that any one of the choices was available to me any time I wanted to participate. Loved the on-site artist in residence. Loved walking through the organic garden and visiting the livestock. Loved that so many of the other guests had brought their children and grandchildren to stay because it was such a special place. I think you need to stay here at least three nights to get the full Farm experience. But, like I said, I moving there permanently...
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I had the luxury of staying at Gibbs Farm for 2 nights on my safari. This was an incredible experience. Opulent! The service was outstanding and the staff was so friendly and offered such hospitality. There were so many activities to participate in. The grounds were unbelievably beautiful. The food was exceptional and fresh. I felt completely decadent in the outside shower! I was overwhelmed the views and the room - it was fantastic.
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We visited Gibbs Farm as part of our tour for lunch and an experience of a 1930s coffee plantation and farm. The setting is stunning but when we arrived there were no staff to greet guests , we wandered around trying to see where to go , couldn't find a reception area ( later discovered it was by the gift shop ) and when we did approach staff we were astounded by their indifference .Eventually a member of staff found us and offered a coffee tour or vegetable farm tour which we thought would be a great experience . It took an hour , and was agonisingly slow , all the veg was labelled and listed on boards and he simply read them to us as we walked slowly around , it was painful ! . When we finished I went to try and find some information about lunch , we were then told it was a buffet at 12.30 , I asked if we could have wine , and 20 mins later it arrived , we had two small glasses each during our visit $34 ! The food was a nice buffet . There seemed to be some renovations going on in a swimming pool area to the main house and constant hammering in the background which rather spoilt the atmosphere .Whist eating the chef came out and introduced himself , a really nice guy , I think from New Zealand , and the only member of staff who has shown any interest in the guests at all ! I really wouldn't bother adding this trip to your itenary, of all our 8 wonderful days in Tanzania it was such a poor experience .Nothing like the rest of our fantastic holiday .
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We had two nights here but arrived too late to really explore; the next day we went to the Crater so didn’t have much time then either. I’d recommend spending an extra day to visit the Maasai village and tour the Farm’s beautifully-planned and maintained gardens, and the farm activities that provide such excellent salads, bread, cheese and vegetables. We were also impressed that they had a wheelchair for my husband (facing knee surgery), and willingly pushed him to and from the main lodge whenever needed.
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$778 - $2,376 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
gibb`s farm hotel karatu
TanzaniaArusha RegionNgorongoro Conservation Area
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