Awaken to the sound of bird call and while-away the days sipping on freshly roasted coffee grown here on the farm. A haven of tranquillity and imbued with the classic charm of a traditional farm, the cottages and houses will beguile you. Each of the recently refurbished cottages has a distinct theme founded on an element of East Africa.
Gibb's Farm is a model for sustainable, environmentally respectful practices, continuing the legacy of founders Margaret and Jim Gibb. The farm has won numerous awards, including the Tanzania Tourist Board's Sustainable Tourism Award, Condé Nast Traveler magazine's World Savers Award and the Educational Travel Community's Responsible Tourism Award. Gibb's Farm is also featured in "Africa's Finest" which showcases the most responsible and sustainable lodges in Africa.
Operation of the entire organic farm—consisting of 30 acres of coffee, 10 acres of vegetables and fruit, 5 acres of flowers and herbs and a working dairy, pig and chicken farm—is based upon sustainable farming methods. Everything is grown organically using only natural fertilizer and compost from the farm. Insect-repellent plants help to manage pests rather than harmful pesticides. Reclaimed water is used whenever possible, and all buildings and furniture are built on-site using local materials and local labour. Gibb's Farm boasts the largest solar panel array in Northern Tanzania, heating 90% of the farms' water. 100% of greywater is recycled into the organic farm and garden via a reed plant filtration system. All kitchen and food waste are either fed to the farm pigs or composted for use in the gardens. Glass bottles are stored in bulk and donated to various causes, such as a small NGO where disabled artisans recycle the glass to make jewellery.