Overlooking the ancient Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Forest, Gibb’s Farm is the oldest guest house in northern Tanzania.
Built in the 1920’s as a coffee farm and given a new life as a warm, rustic, and luxurious inn, Gibb’s Farm is a charming step back in time. The main farmhouse includes original wooden beams, colorful African artwork, and views of the farm’s organic vegetable and terraced flower gardens. Seventeen guest cottages are the ultimate in elegance, with eucalyptus floors, hand-crafted furniture, two queen-sized beds, indoor and outdoor showers, fireplace, and private veranda with panoramic views. For groups traveling together, a larger cottage with a common living area flanked by two en-suite bathrooms is an ideal choice.
The working farm is located on the forest slopes of Ngorongoro Crater. Nature-lovers will relish the diversity and beauty in the surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest, inactive, and completely intact caldera. Apart from the main caldera, Ngorongoro contains two other volcanic craters: Olmoti and Empakai, the first is famous for its spectacular waterfalls, and the latter houses a deep lake and verdant, green walls. Dense forests fed by the fertile volcanic earth provide a home for over 25,000 resident mammals from predators to prey. Here guests can spy large herds of wildebeest, buffalo, zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles as well as their predators the cheetahs, jackals, lions, and hyenas. The forest, marshes, and highland meadows are also a favorite of the elephants.