We stayed at Gibbs Farm in cottage J which is close to the restaurant and overlooks the coffee plantation with great views when the sun sets.
This is paradise on a farm and highly recommended. After a rough ride from the main road (as in kidneys are at ear level), one arrives at the reception. In terms of accomodations there are simple facilities and upscale private cottages.
Gibbs is a self sufficient coffee plantation which grows it's own vegetables and fruit and has it's own herd of animals. Vegetables and fruits and picked and served on the same day. Animals have the same fate. The cook takes advantages of freshness and puts together superb but simple dishes. Local corn with a cheese accent, leeks in a tomato broth, the freshest greenbeans in a butter sauce etc. There is a nice winelist with mainly South African wines.
The cottages are spotless, the staff is friendly and eager to please. A good tip is appreciated and is obviously communicated to fellow staff as more and more people started to show up.
This is a "must" stop before of after a safari to freshen up, rest and eat well.
- 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