Gibbs Farm

Gibbs Farm is located at the head of the valley approximately 4 kms from the town of Karatu.

It is the perfect place to stay to gain a sense of nature, peace, tranquillity and a taste of a time gone by. The view from the main lawn looks over towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It takes just over an hour to reach the descent road to the Ngorongoro Crater, so day game drives in the crater from the Farm are perfectly possible.

It has recently undergone a major uplift. The cottages are set around the stunning gardens. Each cottage has a name and a theme which reflects the different aspect of Gibbs Farm. The themes are continued in the paintings on the walls of each cottage, as well as the ornaments and colour schemes. The rooms are large with two queen size beds with a mosquito net that pulls across the foot of the beds. There is ample cupboard space and wonderful patio doors which lead onto a private veranda with private views to the vegetable gardens the lawns or the hills beyond.

Each room has en suite facilities with a large walk in shower, a deep bath, his and hers hand basins and best of all, a wonderful powerful outdoor shower which is completely secluded and private.

All the bathroom products are natural and organic and luscious. Bathrobes and large fluffy towels are provided. There is also a hairdryer for those that require this.

The dining room serves wholesome, fresh, home cooked delicious meals thanks to the lovely Lisa and her team of incredible chef’s. The kitchen takes a huge pride in what is grown on the farm and served, meals do reflect the changing seasons of Gibbs.

There is a cosy living room and reading corner with a fireplace to keep you warm on colder days – a great place to relax and unwind. On warmer days the veranda leads down to the lawns offering views of the valley, the coffee farm and the 10 acre organic fruit and vegetable farm which grows 90% of the produce used in the kitchens at Gibbs Farm.

There is always someone on hand to take you for a tour around the farm and walks and hikes can be arranged further a field for the more energetic guests.

The elephant caves are a great 4 hour walk; you will be lead by one of the naturalists on the farm.

Gibbs Farm is the perfect place to end an exhilarating and exciting wildlife safari in Serengeti we dont think you can beat a stay at Gibbs.

Gibbs is also a fabulous wedding venue, speaking from experience we can arrange your special day, whether you want a traditional wedding or something slightly different Gibbs can offer this to you. James Gibb married Margaret in the gardens. To commemorate their day a flower Erythrina Abysinnica was planted outside what is now the Wedding House Cottage. What better way to celebrate your special day. The staff are incredibly helpful attentive and professional throughout. The chefs will work with you to create a specially tailored menu. The grounds are a perfect backdrop for photos. Call us on 01524 242018 to discuss your special day with us or email *protected email*.

And lastly….. there are still four of the original rooms left at Gibbs. These rooms were part of the original farm and if you want to step back in time to a bygone era they are wonderful. Ask us about these too.


  1. Felicity and Duncan


    “Our finale at Gibb’s farm was lovely and they put us in the Mulberry cottage – very luxurious and we must thank you for that. The food at Gibb’s farm was delicious and even though we had two heavy storms we walked to the elephant’s cave with our Massai guide and also visited the remarkable vegetable garden” –

  2. Paul and Anthea


    Accommodation superb, very comfortable, open fire lit in evening. Only criticism was lack of hot water, showers at peak time. Location, beautiful gardens, wonderful organic veg, meat and eggs. All brilliantly managed by Gerd & Ann Marie. Herman & Esta on reception excellent. All staff very helpful and friendly. Managed gluten free diet very well.

    Paul left his camera charger with battery at Nomad camp and they managed to get it to Gibbs Farm who picked it up from the airport before our departure. Gerd lent Paul his own camera for the Crater visit. Very helpful

  3. Ed and Caroline


    Suddenly we were up a couple of levels. The accommodation was first class. As good as top class hotels. The food was wonderful and the service was very attentive and friendly.

  4. Helen and Jonathan


    Gibbs Farm is in the most wonderful setting right on the outside edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, nestled into the game reserve – a true paradise and well worth a day to itself, as well as being a good base for visiting the Crater. Our ‘Weaver’ cottage was luxurious, well-equipped and huge with indoor and outdoor showers and a massive stone bath. Most of the delicious food (all organic) came from the farm, including the coffee and there was a good selection of dishes for the four courses. As we were celebrating a birthday we spent a day there relaxing and exploring the farm including milking a cow, and had a wonderful birthday treat at dinner time with a dozen staff bearing a cake, stamping feet and singing Happy Birthday! A number of talks were on offer down by the fire pit, which was lit as one of the deterrents to elephants from the nearby crater entering and eating the produce in the extensive vegetable gardens! The “sundowner” included waiting silently to watch the shy bushbabies creep down to a feeding tray.

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