Gibb’s Farm is an exclusive country lodge located on a working coffee plantation just outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area near the village of Karatu in the Ngorongoro Highlands.

Gibb’s Farm is a lovely property about 30 minutes’ drive from the Ngorongoro Crater, offering high levels of comfort, good food and service and a warm welcome. It is a well-established and popular property and it is very unusual for anyone to have any issues staying there. There is a sense of ‘history’ to the place, and the staff are friendly and efficient. The location is excellent if you wish to combine seeing the Ngorongoro Crater with some walking and experiencing something of African life in the more developed Karatu region of the Ngorongoro Highlands. It is also possible to visit Lake Manyara National Park from Gibb’s Farm. Gibb’s is therefore an ideal base from which to explore the region and enjoy a variety of experiences, whilst offering a fairly luxurious and relaxing accommodation experience.


The lodge caters for around 48 guests in a series of cottages set throughout the mature gardens. There are 17 spacious one bedroomed guest cottages with a small entrance hall leading to the large bedroom furnished with two double…


The Ngorongoro Highlands sit on the western edge of the Great Rift Valley as it curves south-westwards from the desolate Lake Natron past Lake Manyara to the remote Lake Eyasi. These highlands are the remnants of an ancient…


Gibb’s Farm accepts children of all ages. Their family houses are very suitable and there are a variety of farm activities for them to enjoy during their stay. However, it is worth noting that the day trip to Ngorongoro Crater is…

Conservation & community

Gibb’s Farm operates an entire organic farm – consisting of 30 acres of coffee, 10 acres of vegetables and fruit, 5 acres of flowers and herbs and a working dairy, pig and chicken farm – is based upon sustainable farming methods…

Location Karatu Village, Ngorongoro Crater Highlands
Access Scheduled flight or Charter flight into Manyara, with 45 minute drive, or by road with private guide
Open All year
Pricing £££££
Camp Style Safari lodge
Focus Big game / Crater experience / Walking / Culture / Lake Manyara
Children No age restriction
Activities Game drives to Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara / Garden, forest and medicinal walks / Mountain bikes / Day trips to Lake Eyasi / Vegetable harvesting / Bread-making / Coffee roasting
Vehicles Closed – usually guests arrive with private guide and vehicle
Maximum Guests on Vehicle 6
Private Vehicle Options Yes
Off-road Driving No
Number of Rooms 17 cottages (including family options)
Family Accommodation 2 two bedroomed cottages / Triples possible
Bathroom Flush toilet / Plumbed basin / Plumbed shower / Outdoor shower / Bath
Power for charging In room
Lighting Electric
Hairdryer Provided in room
Heating/Cooling Fireplace
Room Safe Yes
Laundry Service Additional cost
Communication in room No
Wi-Fi Main area and cottages
Mobile Reception Yes
Swimming Communal swimming pool
Wellness Massages
Dining Style Communal & private
Drinks Included Option for house drinks at an extra cost
Credit Cards Visa and Mastercard