Gibb’s Farm: How to Add Serenity to Your Safari

Written by Thomson Safaris
gibbs farm walkway

When you think “African safari,” the first thing that comes to mind may not be fine dining and a side of relaxation – but a stay at Gibb’s Farm offers just that. With Thomson Safaris, you get the best of both adventure and luxury: the Serengeti will provide you with the excitement of awe-inducing wildlife, while an excursion to Gibb’s Farm is a taste of indulgence to accompany your safari.

gibbs farm garden view

Gibb’s Farm, voted one of Africa’s Best Safari Lodges by Travel + Leisure, is a peaceful sanctuary nestled just south of the Ngorongoro Crater. This hidden gem offers 5-star lodging, farm-to-table dining, wine tastings, farm walks, spa treatments and much more. Gibb’s Farm embodies Thomson’s best qualities: sustainability, high quality and authentic appreciation for Tanzania’s history and people.

Your Home Away from Home

gibbs farm cottage room

Each guest cottage features a unique design aesthetic, with eucalyptus floors, hand-crafted furniture, two queen-size beds, an indoor and outdoor shower, a fireplace and a private veranda. In a recent review, a past guest describes the peaceful atmosphere:

“This was one of our stops in the middle of our safari and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The environment is calming, tranquil and beautiful with small paths and flowers everywhere. Walking through the farm, sipping wine and learning about the history of the place was mesmerizing. The food and staff were outstanding and there were plenty of activities for us to enjoy. We milked cows, walked through the gardens, watched coffee being roasted and relaxed on the patio. I would highly recommend this as a quiet oasis of rest in the middle of a busy safari.”

verandah of gibbs farm room

Farm-to-Table Dining

gibbs farm farm to table cuisine

Crafted by Chef de Cuisine Chris Gibb, dishes feature fresh, organic produce and incorporate English and Tanzanian flavors to create a dining experience you will never forget. See what Bon Appetit’s Martina Navratilova had to say about dining at Gibb’s:

“The best meal I ever had was in Tanzania, in Gibb’s Farm, off Lake Manyara. They grow the vegetables and fruit in the backyard, and it’s organic. It was so healthy I would eat myself to death there. Unbelievable.”

organic gardens at gibbs farm

African Spa Treatments

After a day spotting wildlife on the savanna, you will have the option to indulge in a variety of spa treatments. Derived from Maasai healing techniques, options range from the Ojingai Heat Revival for relaxation, to the Olkaria Clay Paint for softening the skin. Incorporating over 50 indigenous plants, the natural regimens will leave you feeling invigorated and refreshed to continue your safari.

spa at gibbs farm

Five-star lodging, farm-to-table dining and African spa treatments are just three of the countless amenities that you’ll indulge in while staying at Gibb’s Farm. Interested in experiencing this one-of-a-kind spot? Most Thomson safari groups spend at least one night here during their trip, with the option to add additional nights if you or your group would enjoy it.


P.S. Gibb’s Farm was voted one of Africa’s Top Hotels in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2019, as well as Africa’s Best Hotel in Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best List’ in 2017 and 2018 – achievements we are very proud of.