Visiting Gibb’s

How to get to us?

Gibb’s Farm lies at the heart of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and thus some of the continent’s most spectacular haunts. Actual kilometres have little bearing on the time it takes to travel from A to B; so we have given you the time for direct driving, without stopping to game view along the way.

International flights arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, which is a short 45 minute drive from the town of Arusha. From here you can transfer to the Farm with a scenic drive, or fly to Lake Manyara, where we will meet you with our private vehicles. These times have been updated to mark the opening of the new tarmac road through Karatu, all the way from Arusha to the Ngororongoro Crater gate.

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Things to do on the way
Kilimanjaro International Airport Arusha Town 45 minutes usually a direct journey
Manyara Airstrip 1 hours A direct (daytime only) flight
Arusha Town Arusha NP 1.5 hours usually a direct journey
Tarangire NP 1.5 hours Curio shopping in Arusha
Lake Manyara NP <1.5 hours Curio shopping in Arusha + break in Mtu wa Mbu
Gibb’s Farm <2 hours Curio shopping in Arusha + break in Mtu wa Mbu + maybe a visit to Lake Manyara National Park. The road from Arusha, past Gibb’s Farm, is now tarmac all the way to the Ngorongoro Park gates.
Arusha Airstrip 20 minutes Arusha airstrip is on the west side of the town. From here direct direct flights to Manyara
take about 25 minutes
Gibb’s Farm Manyara Airstrip 25 minutes usually a direct journey
Lake Manyara NP 30 minutes allow at least a half day for a park visit
Ngorongoro Crater 1.5 hours allow a full day for a crater visit
(Ndutu Safari Lodge)
3.5 hours visit Oldupai, and enjoy a game drive on the plains
Lake Eyasi 2 hours

When is the best time to visit?

Gibb’s Farm is an excellent all year destination and the decision of when to visit depends entirely upon your interests. We are open all year.

Tanzanian climate – what are the dry, hot and rainy seasons?
January to March April to May June to October November to December
Temperatures are warm, rains are short and nights can be chilly. The Serengeti is green and,
with the rains, the wildebeest and other plains game have migrated to the southern end of the National Park,
near Ndutu.
This is the period of the long rains. Serengeti is not only green, it is also a profusion
of flowers and at its most beautiful. However, roads and tracks may prove muddy and waterlogged. With the long
rains temperatures may be cool during the day and cold at night.
The rains have ended and the wildebeest have left the short grass plains, heading west and
north of the Serengeti. Temperatures are higher. It is a excellent time to visit Tarangire and the southern
parks, such as Ruaha and the Selous.
First of the short rains begin and the migration moves back to the southern part of the Serengeti,
usually reaching the plains by late December. Down in the south of Tanzania the rains start and that often means
that the roads and tracks are impassable.

Is Gibb’s Farm in a malarial area?

No, the farm lies at an elevation where the malaria parasite cannot survive. However, depending on where you decide to safari, you may pass through malarial areas and should therefore follow your doctor’s advice regarding prophylaxis.

Why choose Gibb’s Farm over the nearby accommodations?

Established in the 1920s as a coffee farm, Gibb’s Farm has retained an historical charm that makes it unique from any other guesthouse in the area. It is not just a guesthouse: it is an experience; one that will leave you with fond memories of our little corner of the world.

When is the best time of year to go on safari in Tanzania?

Anytime other than during the long rains (April) is a wonderful time to be on safari.

Where is the best place to go for wildlife viewing in Africa?

You simply can’t beat northern Tanzania for wildlife concentration. Most people have heard of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater and the wide array of wildlife dwelling on the crater floor. Most have also heard of the vast Serengeti plains, hosting the migration of wildebeest and the predators that follow in their wake. This is only the beginning of the natural phenomena awaiting your discovery on a safari to Tanzania.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari in Tanzania?

Tanzania is home to over 35 species of large four-legged mammals and has over 1,000 species of birds listed. On a typical safari in northern Tanzania you can expect to see lion, hyena, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, baboon, monkeys and a variety of plains game such as wildebeest, hartebeest, zebra, impala and gazelle. A lucky few see cheetah or leopard. In the Ngorongoro Crater, you have an excellent chance of seeing one of the few remaining black rhino to be found in Tanzania. You’ll undoubtedly see several different species of mongoose and some hyrax and other small mammals. If you’re lucky, you’ll see one or more of the smaller cats, foxes, wild dog or the more reticent antelope like kudu, bushbuck, oryx or eland.

Will I have a chance to interact with the local people of Tanzania?

The vast majority of Tanzanians are still living very close to their traditional lifestyles. Most of the people are subsistence farmers. The Maasai people, favored by photographers for their strikingly colorful décor, live a pastoral existence ~ following their herds of cattle to find better grazing areas, and still adhering to the traditions and ceremonies of their ancestors. Their “villages” are located throughout Northern Tanzania. Other small tribes of hunter-gatherers, living according to their ancient customs and traditions, can also be found in this area. The majority of people living in the villages surrounding Gibb’s Farm, and 95% of the Farm’s employee community, are of the Iraqw tribe.

You may also consider bringing school supplies with you on your trip, which we can donate on your behalf to the local regional school, Tloma Village Primary School. More details on this process are listed here.

Can I take my children?

YES! Gibb’s Farm and Tanzania is a great place for families.

What’s the weather like in Tanzania?

Located at an altitude of 5,000 to over 10,000 feet, Northern Tanzania’s dry sunny climate is nothing like the steamy African jungle of Tarzan movies. The weather is spring-like year round, with daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s, and evenings in the 60s. From June to August, temperatures are slightly cooler, ranging from the 50s to the mid-70s. Tanzania’s coastal and lowland areas tend to be more tropical in temperature.

What clothes should I bring?

Safari dress is comfortable and casual – layers are recommended. Keep it simple, neutral in color, and bring things you don’t mind getting dusty.

Can special dietary requirements be accommodated?

Special dietary requirements such as vegetarian or diabetic meals can easily be arranged with advanced notice. It is important we know of any possible dietary restrictions as soon as possible.

Is it OK to drink the water?

We provide both bottled and boiled, filtered water from our well.

Are there a lot of bugs in Tanzania?

Yes, but the bugs you will see are nothing to be concerned about. Most of the areas you’ll be visiting are arid (especially from July – November).

Do you have any brochures?

Yes, please click here .