Gibb's Farm Brochure

Gibb's Farm

1994

Book ID 311

See also

Gibb's Farm Gibb's Farm Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 1

Gibbís Farm: the brochure

Gibbís Farm is a small and intimate hotel perched on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater Highlands, four kilometres from the small town of Karatu. It is a convenient stop-over for both Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Surrounded by coffee plantations and the vegetable farm, with the rainforest of Ngorongoro above, it has long views over lush and beautiful agricultural country. The main facilities - lounge, dining room, shop - are situated in the old farmhouse, while sleeping accommodation is in 15 double rooms (seven of them in separate cottages) set among the gardens.

Distances, to Lake Manyara - 25 km, to Ngorongoro - 40 km, from Arusha - 140 km, to the Serengeti (Seronera), 195 km. There is radio communication with our main office in Arusha, as well as telephone communication.

Extract ID: 270

See also

Gibb's Farm Gibb's Farm Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 2

Early History

The area round Karatu was cultivated as early as 2,000 years ago by the Mbulu or Iraqw, a Kushitic group of people who migrated south from Ethiopia and the Yemen, and who still dominate the area today. The Maasai came fairly recently, in the early 1800ís, but were driven into other areas, more suitable for cattle herding, by repeated wars with their agricultural neighbours, and by sleeping sickness in their herds.

Extract ID: 271

See also

Gibb's Farm Gibb's Farm Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 3
Extract Date: 1930-1960

Colonial Times

The first European settlers to arrive were Germans, in the mid-1800ís. After World War I Tanganyika became a British Protectorate. Early in the 1930ís a coffee farm was established by a German farmer, subsidised by the German Government. During the Second World War, the British Custodian of Enemy Property took over the farm. It was sold in 1948 to James Gibb, a British war veteran, who returned the neglected coffee farm to production. He married Margaret in 1959. Margaret Gibb was born in Tanzania to British parents, she started a small vegetable and flower garden. In 1960 the Ngorongoro Conservation Area was established adjacent to and north of Gibbís Farm.

Extract ID: 272

See also

Gibb's Farm Gibb's Farm Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 4

Recent Times

In 1972 Gibbís Farm became a Lodge, James Gibb died in 1977 and the coffee estate - except for a small section for use in the lodge - was sold in 1978 to the Tanzanian Coffee Board. Gibbís Farm is still owned by Margaret Gibb and her husband Per Kullander.

Extract ID: 273

See also

Gibb's Farm Gibb's Farm Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 5
Extract Date: 1994

The Present

The old-colonial farmhouse, built by the German settlers in the early 20th century, still has the character of a well-looked-after-private house with roaring fires and friendly service.

The food is delicious, simple fare, with vegetables from the farm, fresh and cooked with care. Lunch includes a wide selection of savoury pies and salads, served buffet style, while dinner is waiter served.

Home grown coffee or tea with cakes is served in the mornings and afternoons. If you are just passing through, and cannot stay, this is a chance to sit and relax in the gardens, amid a variety of trees, shrubs and the many species of birds that visit.

Extract ID: 274

See also

Gibb's Farm Gibb's Farm Brochure, 1994
Page Number: 6
Extract Date: 1994

What to do?

After your trip to Lake Manyara or Ngorongoro Crater you may just want to sit and enjoy the tranquillity of Gibbís Farm. But for the more active, a walk through the forest to a waterfall where elephant and buffalo come to drink, may be a welcome alternative after days sitting in your game viewing vehicle. A small shop sells unusual souvenirs.

Extract ID: 275
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