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Reviewed April 5, 2012

Our family of three stayed at Gibbs Farm in March for 2 nights as an R&R stop in the middle of our northern circuit safari, and it was a lovely place to spend a little downtime. The original farmhouse was built by a German farmer in the early 1900s, and after WWII was purchased by Major James and Margaret Gibbs from England. James developed the coffee farm and other crops, and Margaret planted beautiful fruit and vegetable gardens which survive to this day. The property has an historic patina and is backed against the lush Ngorongoro Highlands with a knockout view over the coffee fields and vegetable gardens. It is a working farm with farm animals, and much of the food consumed by guests is grown right here.

At reception, you are provided with a schedule called “Rhythm of the Farm” which allows guests to participate in daily farm activities, including breakfast bread making, coffee roasting, cow milking, pig feeding, vegetable harvesting for meals, morning bird census, forest trail check, meet the artists in residence, and afternoon high tea. In the evening, we were able to watch the feeding of the cute bushbabies which live on the roof.

We enjoyed the sunset gathering at the Tembo Firepit in the vegetable garden in the early evening before dinner. Our host that evening was a long time employee of Gibbs who worked for Margaret, who still lives on the farm. He explained why the fire is called Tembo (elephant) – a large fire is kept lit all night long in the garden areas to prevent elephants which transit through the highlands from entering and destroying the gardens. There is a night watchman who stands guard to watch for any errant visitors. It was a revelation that we are in the midst of a wild place.

To get to Gibbs Farm, you take a small dirt road after the village of Mto wa Mbu which cuts through the small Tloma Village, and then you are at the Farm. We were greeted warmly by staff, and our bags were whisked away to the room. Our abode for 2 nights was the Deutsche cottage, which is adjacent to the original farm house where the restaurant, dining rooms and shops are located. There is no swimming pool.

I had requested one of the newly renovated rooms (there are a few left unremodeled at the request of long term guests) but was surprised to find us in a palatial cottage with two large bedrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and bathtub connected by a huge living room with fireplace. There was a private verandah overlooking our private garden. Being upgraded was (I think) a perk of coming during a less busy time.

Dinners were excellent and the soup (as everywhere) extraordinary. We had lunch one day with our guide on the verandah, and the lunch buffet was incredible: soup, salads, breads, hot entrees and an amazing display of 5 or 6 desserts. Some of our best meals were eaten at Gibbs Farm on our 2 week safari.

A highlight of our stay was the walk to the elephant caves and waterfall – a great way to stretch safari legs for two hours and to learn about the local flora and fauna. We saw a buffalo in the highlands scratching his back on a tree. Highly recommended.

Gibbs Farm is a wonderful stopover during safari, but to truly appreciate all of the activities offered, I highly recommend a two night stay.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank wanderlust1129
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

We stayed here to regroup after a Kili climb and before the start of our safari. This was just what the doctor ordered. The rooms were wonderful and the staff attentive and caring. We wanted for nothing! Birding was very good here. The outdoor shower was heaven, and an evening soak in the extra large tub was great while watching the the fire in the fireplace. Very romantic!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dilagg
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

This is my first review on Trip Advisor so it goes to show how strongly I wanted to give compliments for Gibbs farm!
My husband and I stayed 2 nights there on our 2 week honeymoon doing the usual northern safari circuit. We had such a relaxing time and I wish I could have stayed much longer!
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Excellent! Gibbs has an amazing farm and garden and all vegetables you eat are fresh from the plot. I was so envious of the beautiful gardens.
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No issues there! Everyone was friendly and helpful. We took the garden tour and our guide Pascale was very knowledgeable and took pride in the gardens. The bush baby feeding was fun and I even got to feed one a slice of banana by hand! In the morning I took a bird census tour which was cool too. The property is excellent for birding!! I can't say more than that!
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Big spacious and clean! All done up colonial style and just do comfortable. We were warned that there could be mosquitoes but we never had any in the 2 nights we were there. I particularly loved the outdoor shower that really made me feel like I was right in the middle of a garden yet very private.
If I had to give one negative comment, it would be the location which is a little far away from the crater. We had to go through Karatu town to get in or out. But that really wasn't an issue at all.

I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone!

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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Karen S
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

Absolutely loved everything about Gibb's Farm. It is the a great retreat to rejuvenate after a safari. We stayed only one night but would definitely recommend two nights. We felt like we were staying in a friend's home rather than a commercial hotel. The food was the best on our Tanzania trip. We had one of the cottages, the Safari. It had a very private deck, small living area with comfortable chairs, two queen beds, a round open fireplace that serviced the bedroom, living room and the bathroom. Great indoor and outdoor rain shower. Staff goes out of their way to make your stay memorable. Gardens are very beautiful and just compliment the entire experience.

Room Tip: Loved having our own private cottage.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank HelenH70
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Gibbs Farm is a gorgeous hotel set amongst beautiful gardens with views across the countryside.
We were only able to stay one night and would love to go back one day. We were in the library room which was great, way to big for the two of us and can sleep 4. As the name suggests, it was the farm library and there is a big and comfy lounge and library, as well as a little kitchen and dining room and a big colonial style verandah. The food was very good and there are lots of activities available for guests. Unfortunately, we had a few service issues while we were there. In parricular, just after we had unpacked and were about to go up to dinner, someone came and told us we were moving rooms with no explanation as to why. He did confirm that noone needed the room though. He would not take no for an answer and we spent ages arguing with him about it. I ended up speaking with another staff member who worked it out for us. Unfortunately, while this was going on we managed to miss the bush baby feeding, much to my disappointment. So, if you go, don't miss the bush baby feeding outside the bar/restaurant every evening before dinner.

Room Tip: The library room was great and would be suitable for a family (or a couple who wants lots of room!). Has a great balcony and a cosy library and lounge.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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