Having read other reviews on Tripadvisor and seen the awards that Gibbs has won we were expecting great things but sadly our experience did not live up to this.
We had one of the few remaining standard rooms which was fine - clean and comfortable - but nothing special. The level of service was not as high as at other places we stayed. We arrived just before lunch and so as expected our room was not ready. We were asked to wait half an hour but nearly 2 hours later we were still waiting and then had to chase it up.
The food was reasonable, but nothing special and certainly no better than in some of the camps we stayed.
Having said all this, I applaud Gibbs for their farm programme, focus on organic food and involvement in the community. The walk to the elephant cave and waterfall is worthwhile and the guide excellent. Overall though next time we would either stay somewhere cheaper in Karatu or upgrade to the Lemala camp on the crater rim (to reach the crater floor from Gibbs takes approx 2 hours).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gibb`s Farm Hotel Karatu
- Gibb's Farm Tanzania/Karatu