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As a model for sustainable and environmentally respectful practices, we work to continue the legacy of our founders Margaret and James Gibb through projects including solar energy, community upliftment, and organic farming. Each thing we do is a step towards creating a sanctuary for the senses, where our guests, our team and our animals feel nourished and content.

Gibb's Farm - Sustainability projects in Tanzania
Organic Foods

For over 27 years, Gibb’s Farm has practiced sustainable, environmentally-respectful farming methods. The farm has won numerous awards, including the Tanzania Tourist Board’s 2011 Sustainable Tourism Award.

Water Ecology

To preserve water, one of the earth’s most precious resources, Gibb’s Farm water ecology practices include:

Refuse Disposal

Gibb’s Farm recycles or disposes of all waste onsite so that no solid waste is placed into the surrounding community waste stream. Our responsible disposal practices include:

Building Material

All farm restoration and construction is conducted with minimal importation and local fabrication.  This practice develops community skills and minimizes transportation fuel pollution. Toilet fixtures, most textiles, and some electrical materials were imported.

Laundry

Laundry is washed with water heated by solar power and clothes are dried using the sun and fresh air. Electric dryers are available upon request, but sun-drying is the preferred, more ecologically sound method.

Gardens & Estate Forests

Eight gardens have been restored or established to attract bird and insect life and to provide a natural respite from the rigors of safari. You will discover a vast array of tree and bush species, many indigenous to East Africa.  Botanical artist Riziki Kateya has catalogued many of the plants, a few of which are unique to Gibb’s Farm. There is also a tree nursery where hundreds of young saplings are grown to encourage the growth of native tree species in the area.