Gibb’s Farm, Karatu, Tanzania

A luxurious sanctuary for the senses set on a coffee farm close to National Parks for exciting safaris

Nestled beside the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the gentle rhythms of Gibb’s Farm will nurture and restore the tired, yet exhilarated traveller on safari to Tanzania. Gibb’s Farm is a sanctuary for the senses, an authentic hideaway in a tranquil, peaceful setting with rustic yet luxurious cottages on a working coffee farm.


  • Learn about the Massai culture and spot incredible wildlife on safari
  • Spectacular vistas, an abundance of wildlife and nature
  • Home grown coffee and organic juices
  • 17 intimate and inviting cottages
  • Warm, gracious hospitality of a team deeply rooted in East African culture


Established as a coffee farm in the late 1920s, Gibb’s Farm continues to work as a coffee plantation while retaining characteristics of life in East Africa during that era. The historic farmhouse offers a charming living room and cosy dining areas along with 17 beautifully decorated guest cottages, providing an elegant, comfortable home away from home. Outside, the farm’s organic vegetable and terraced flower gardens provide a wonderful sanctuary for afternoon tea or a quiet walk to impart a sense of contentment and wellbeing.

To allow you to fully experience the beauty of the farm, community and nature, Gibb’s Farm offers a variety of activities, adventures and opportunities to rejuvenate, explore and discover. Whether you wish to relax and recharge, explore the diverse natural surroundings or learn more about the local culture and traditions, you have a range of experiences to choose from.

Beyond the farm’s coffee fields and panoramic views, Ngorongoro Forest and the local village beckon. Experience a sense of place as you cycle the back roads of Karatu, learn about Iraqw culture while visiting a local family or explore centuries-old waterfalls and elephant caves. After an early lunch, experience a guided afternoon drive through the famous Manyara National Park to see hippos gathered at sunset at the Hippo Pools and observe rarely-seen nocturnal animals with an evening game drive to Lake Manyara National Park.

After the rigours of being on safari, indulge in a spa treatment to sooth and restore – Gibb’s Farm African Spa offers indigenous Maasai healing techniques, available in the privacy of your cottage.


All 17 guest cottages feature a unique theme, eucalyptus floors, hand crafted furniture, two queen sized beds, indoor and outdoor showers with a generous bathtub, a fireplace and private veranda. Each cottage is beautifully decorated to depict a theme, with artwork commissioned through the farm’s artist-in-residence program.

A cottage with a common living area and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms is available for families or couples traveling together.


For reservations and availability contact the hotel directly via the enquiry form below or email

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Healthy farm cuisine and attentive, gracious hospitality defines the iconic nature of the dining experience at Gibb’s Farm.

Start your day with a heart breakfast and organic Arabica coffee, grown and roasted right on the farm.

Mid-day, a farmhouse buffet offers a delectable array of foods to re-energize you, and in the afternoon, enjoy high tea in the garden with a delicious assortment of coffees, teas, fresh cream and scones.

In the evening, candle-lit dinners feature Chef de Cuisine Lisa Campbell’s English and Tanzanian-influenced cuisine and the opportunity to share the day’s experiences.


Village tours


Hotel Bar
Hotel Restaurant


Gibb’s Farm is a model for sustainable, environmentally-respectful tourism, winning numerous awards including the Tanzania Tourist Board’s 2011 Sustainable Tourism Award, Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s World Savers Award and the Educational Travel Community’s Responsible Tourism Award.

When to travel

With a varied climate, long rains generally run from March to May when the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December. January and February are also dry.

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