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Gibbs Farm – Tanzania

Guest Cottages

Gibb’s Farm’s rustic charm and gracious accommodations provide an ideal sanctuary for a few day’s respite while on safari or for an extended vacation or honeymoon getaway. The 1929 farmhouse and five cottages comprised the original guesthouse in 1972. Today, 17 guest cottages—each featuring a unique theme and richly appointed with eucalyptus floors, hand-crafted furniture, two queen-size beds, indoor and outdoor showers, a fireplace and private verandah—provide an elegant home away from home, with all of the cozy comforts. A cottage with a common living area and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms is available for families or couples traveling together.

Each cottage is beautifully decorated to depict a theme, with artwork commissioned through the farm’s artist-in-residence program. The Mulberry Cottage is named for the lovely Mulberry trees that surround it, captured in botanical illustrations by artist Riziki Kateya. When fully ripe, the plump, deep purple fruits are used to make mulberry jam and preserves for guests.  The birds also enjoy the fruits as portrayed in David Mzuguno’s painting, “Mulberries.”

Shamba is the Swahili word for “farm.” The verandah of Shamba House is the perfect place to enjoy the peace and solitude of the surrounding farmland and gardens. Robert Aswani’s “Shamba” painting illustrates the farm’s gardeners tending the fruits and vegetables enjoyed by Gibb’s Farm’s guests.

Activities

Farm Life, Adventures, Cultural Activities and Rejuvention

As you unwind and relax amidst the peace and tranquility of Gibb’s Farm you may wonder what lies beyond our uninterrupted panoramic views. To allow you to fully experience the rhythms and beauty of the farm, community and nature, Gibb’s Farm offers a variety of activities, adventures and opportunities to rejuvenate. Whether you wish to relax and recharge, explore the diverse natural surroundings or learn more about the local culture and traditions, you have many experiences to choose from.

Weddings & Honeymoons

Celebrate your love in legendary style

The traditions, history and romance of Gibb’s Farm make it ideal for a destination wedding or adventure honeymoon. The farm’s namesake, James Gibb, married his wife Margaret here. To commemorate the occasion, they planted the lovely flowering Erythrina Abysinnica tree outside the Wedding House cottage. The Wedding Cottage celebrates their marriage and the legacy of their partnership in creating a special place for couples to begin and celebrate their lives together.

Our warm and attentive team will help you plan the perfect wedding, set among the intense beauty of dozens of flowering plants or on the lush, rolling lawn overlooking the coffee fields with breathtaking views of the Ngorongoro Forest. We offer traditional and local wedding ceremonies and commitment ceremonies (renewal of vows), with East African touches.

We cater to your every need, working with you to plan the perfect event for you and your guests in one of the world’s most magnificent settings. Whether you desire an intimate gathering or a grand ceremony and reception, your wedding will be an unforgettable celebration.

Wedding Services

The fine art of perfection in every detail

Our expert and talented staff of wedding planners work with you to arrange every aspect of your wedding. Weddings at Gibb’s Farm are fully customized to reflect your individual style and taste with East African touches. Your wedding day will be wrapped in timeless elegance and sealed in celebration as we ensure the fine art of perfection in every detail.

Catering

Our outstanding Gibb’s Farm culinary team creates memorable meals to delight the most discerning palate. You and your wedding guests will be treated to the healthful organic, farm-to-table cuisine of Chef de Cuisine Lisa Campbell.

Beyond our extensive menu options, our chefs welcome the opportunity to work directly with you in creating a menu tailored to your individual taste. Our Chef de Cuisine will consult with you personally to design the wedding cake of your dreams.

Orchestrating the perfect wedding day requires a great deal of care and planning. We would like to hear from you as soon as you say, “yes,” so we have time to get every detail just right.

Let’s get started on your second proposal!

Submit your request online and send to Joseph Lohay our wedding coordinator;

Honeymoons

If you are planning an Africa safari honeymoon, Gibb’s Farm is a wonderful, romantic destination. One of the first guest houses in Northern Tanzania, Gibb’s Farm is a serene, peaceful retreat with cozy, luxuriously-appointed cottages, each featuring wrap-around windows, a private verandah, fireplace and indoor/outdoor showers.

Overlooking the centuries-old Great Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Forest, the natural beauty of Gibb’s Farm offers a retreat from the rigors of safari in Tanzania. Surrounded by lush, fragrant plants, more than 200 species of birds, exotic wildlife and rolling coffee fields, the rhythms of the farm and beyond transport you and your loved one to another time and place.

Enjoy peaceful walks together in the nearby forest, afternoon high tea, bike the back roads of Karatu or simple relaxation with a personalized spa treatment in the privacy of your cottage. For a complete adventure, take an afternoon or day to explore Lake Manyra National Park or Ngorongoro Crater on one of our safari adventures. To energize and replenish you, plentiful fresh, farm-to-table cuisine is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring the farm’s organic produce and meat, milk and cream from the dairy and fresh-baked breads and desserts.

Awards & Testimonials

2013 cert exc Awards & TestimonialsOur dedication to providing gracious hospitality, protecting the environment, conserving resources and being a vital and integral part of our community has earned Gibb’s Farm recognition by numerous travel and environmental organizations. We are very pleased to have been named “Best Safari Hotel in Africa” by Good Safari Guide, and to have received the many awards and designations described below. As we look to the future, we will continue to develop and implement responsible, sustainable practices to provide our guests with an exceptional experience in harmony with our environment, culture and community.