17 guest cottages
75 acres of land
Nearest airport: 131km to Arusha / 20km to Manyara Airstrip
Gibb’s Farm, Karatu, Tanzania
+255 (0)272 970 438
The back story
Converted from an original colonial farmhouse, Gibb’s Farm has been on the edge of the Ngorongoro hills since a German farmer settled here in the 1920s. It’s named after a British war veteran, James Gibb, who bought the property in 1948, and his wife, an avid gardener, cultivated some of the gardens you see there today. Husband and wife duo Gerd and Leanne Beurich are now at the helm and have nurtured it into an eco-minded retreat.
Perched on the slopes of the Tanzanian Highlands, next to Karatu village, the views over Africa’s Great Rift Valley are breath-taking and the hotel can organise safari trips for guests to Lake Manyara and the otherworldly Ngorongoro Crater. There’s a working farm and dairy; bakery, 10-acre organic vegetable garden, landscaped flower gardens and forest trails within the grounds.
Safari-goers, bird-spotters, eco-travellers and returning guests who come here to switch off.
Its wholesome and down-to-earth charm. Think morning bread-making sessions, opportunities to make desks for the local school and medicinal nature walks led by Maasai warriors.
Guests are presented with a map and activity list on arrival detailing everything from evening Maasai chats around the fire to animal feeding sessions on the farm.
Each day, guests can watch the organic coffee roasting take place, browse works from the resident artist and enjoy rustic farm-to-table cuisine. Plans are in the pipeline to add a swimming pool in 2018.
The individually-named cottages boast chintzy curtains, bare stone walls, free-standing basins and indoor – and outdoor – rainforest showers. Maasai beaded artwork and open fireplaces create a rural African vibe. The larger, two-bedroom cottages are ideal for families.