Stay at Gibb's Farm, Karatu
Gibb's is extremely popular with old safari hands and repeat guests to Tanzania. The new rooms are beautiful and if you don't want to take part in the many activities on offer, there are plenty quiet spots to relax.
Gibb's Farm, Karatu, Tanzania
Gibb's Farm is a magical place. It is tucked away in the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands on a hill with views over forests and lush agricultural land.
The old farm houses a dining room and living room with roaring fire and small bar. Outside, there is a wide lawn with views of the valleys and the most incredible gardens in Tanzania. Paths wind between lilies, bougainvillea and roses to twenty guest cottages, eighteen of which have now been refurbished (speak to your Specialist to find out the latest).
The new cottages are spacious and decorated with smart, country decor, with plenty of places to sit and relax, an open fire, large bath, and an indoor and outdoor shower and a balcony enshrouded with flowers and with pretty views over the farm. Food is tasty and hearty and much of the produce used is organic and from the farm itself.
In the evenings there are often talks on indigenous healing or botany for guests who are interested. Gibb's Farm also offers truly unique spa and massage treatments based on local Masai traditions. These are tailor-made for each person and guests are treated by experienced Masai healers (these treatments are payable locally).
Gibb's Farm is superb for relaxing in but if you'd like to be active there's plenty to see and do. There are walks through the forests to waterfalls, elephant mineral caves and along mountain tops. You can watch the coffee being roasted, visit the market in nearby Karatu or learn about the tree planting and school projects that Gibb's are involved in. About an hours drive from Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater it can also be used as a base for full day trips into either park.
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