Traditional African Massage Treatmentd
Drawing on Maasai traditions developed over centuries, healers at Osero Forest Clinic have developed a range of treatments for travelers using indigenous plant medicines known for their ancient curative powers. Treatments chosen by the healer include Maasai Massage, Olorien Hot Wood Treatment and Olkaria Clay. A complete sensory journey. See the introductory brochure in each farm cottage.
Afternoon English Tea
Settle into the rhythm of Farm Life with the quintessential English Tea: Gibb’s Farm coffees and teas, accompanied by Farm-baked cake and tea biscuits. Choose a teatime spot: the Gardens, your personal verandah, the Lounge, or Sitting Room.
The first seeds planted 45 years ago. Eight gardens now encompass over seven acres, perhaps one of the largest private gardens in Tanzania. Over 230 birds have been sited on the farm and estate forests due in part to the vast floral display. Horticulturist Lazaro supervises the care of hundreds of species of flora, and herb gardener Charles tends to the aromatic herb garden. The 40-minute leisurely wander is truly a breath of fresh air.
Experience a real working Farm and try your hands at milking a cow on the Farm Walk. Explore 10 acres of organic vegetables and fruit, and 30 acres of coffee. Visit our furniture workshop and learn how Gibb’s Farm practices responsible tourism and sustainable, organic farming methods.
Ngorongoro Forest Walk *
Explore the diversity of the Gibb’s Farm estate on this 2-hour walk, guided by a trained naturalist. In the quiet forest discover elusive birds, relax beneath the waterfall, and experience a bit of farm life and local culture. A great walk for birders!
Elephant Cave Walk *
Just inside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a 150-meter waterfall beckons travelers to enjoy a light hike through the forest highlands. Along the way, experience the ‘elephant caves’, cave-like structures created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the vitamin & mineral rich soil.
Gibb’s Farmis home to over 270 species of birds, and avid birders are encouraged to contribute new sightings to the Gibb’s Farm bird list. Many guests enjoy sitting in the gardens, binoculars trained on flowers and trees or in the skies of the rolling valley below.
A few employees loves to run on the Farm and along the forest and village trails. If the high elevation is not bothersome, (5,700 feet) join in! A great way to see East African rural life.
Farm to Rim Hiking Safari *
Guided by a Gibb’s Farm Naturalist & a Ranger from Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Gibb’s Farm to Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walking Safari is an exciting wilderness experience, only possible by leaving the vehicle and striking out on foot. Along the 6-7 hour walk, one traverses untouched forests and encounters unique plant life and rare birdlife. It’s an experience of a lifetime… A good level of fitness is required.
Our naturalists offer biking tours for all levels of experience. Hit the trails: it’s a wonderful way to get out and see rural Tanzania!
Hippo Pools *
Leave the Farm after an early lunch and enjoy a guided afternoon game drive through our neighboring Lake Manyara National Park. End up at Hippo Pools for a glorious sunset, snacks and drinks included.
Night Drive *
African nocturnal animals are some of the most exciting animals to observe – and can only be spotted on a night drive. Following an early dinner, Gibb’s Farm naturalists guide you through Manyara National Park, one guide sitting on the bonnet with a spotlight and the other driving slowly through the night.
Gibb's Farm has been cultivating coffee for decades. Guests are welcome to enjoy the delicious aroma of coffee roasting, Mon - Saturday morning 0800hrs at the Main Farmhouse.
This is a one to two hour leisurely walk around the Farm’s neighboring village of Tloma: An intimate look into Tanzanian village life..
NAMYAK VALLEY BUSH DINNER
Dining beneath the stars against the background of the African bush is a unique and unforgettable experience. At Gibb’s Farm, the experience is enhanced by the fact that the lodge has its own bush dinner setting, located on the edge of the Ngorongoro Forest.
A gentle stroll at dusk along lamp-lit tracks takes you to the bush dining area where tables, safari chairs, campfire, hurricane lanterns, bush bar and bush kitchen will already be set up. On arrival you will be invited to enjoy cocktails and canapé’s around the campfire and complimenting the relaxed mood, our naturalists and traditional healers share tribal folklore, primates, Iraqw culture, elephants, traditional medicine, legends and history.
Embroiled in the magic of it all you may not notice the occasional bush baby or hyena lurking about in the bush, sniffing at the aromas emanating from the large bellied pots around the kitchen fire. Dinner is a four-course affair and comprises a delightful array of truly traditional fare that is hearty and tasty. Of course, the waiters will not allow for an evening without entertainment and will sing and dance for you during the night. Seated around the fire, soak in the stars, the night sounds of the forest and indulge in the idle chatter of your companions. This is how it has been for thousands of years and is a truly an East African experience never to be forgotten.
Culture Journey *
Explore Tloma village by bike, foot or car - guided by a farm naturalist. Meet a local family and learn about Iraqw culture and traditional ways of life. Gibb’s Farm has been supporting Tloma Primary School for years. A visit to the school can easily be arranged for those who wish tomeet school children and observe first-hand the challenges facing education in Tanzania today. On the way back, stop at the local ‘duka’ for a soda.
Karatu Town visit *
Wander the streets and markets of Karatu, and take in the sights and sounds of 21st century small town Africa. The tour includes a visit to the market, local bar, hair salon and various other small businesses. Choose to go by mountain bike, on foot, or by car. Photo, left.
Discover original East African Fine art through Sanaa, Gibb’s Farm artist-in-residence program. Gibb’s Farm brings in selected Fine artists from all over East Africa to live on the Farm and work on commission pieces for the Farm’s cottage walls and gardens. Meet some of East Africa’s most talented artists, watch them work and unearth some of the continent’s finest work. Photo left.
Our Gibb’s Farm Indigenous Maasai Healer's, will lead you on Medicinal Walks into Ngorongoro Forest. Commonly used in Tanzania to treat health problems, the plants described on the walk and other herbal medicines are used at Osero Forest Clinic, a facility established to provide health care treatments for guests and the employee community.
Reflection & Discussion
Early evenings are a perfect time to reflect. Naturalists, Farm Managers and Indigenous Healers alternate doing presentations in the Farmhouse. Indigenous medicine, the history of Gibb’s Farm, animal behavior, birds and flora are all possible topics for discussion. A time to share knowledge, ask questions, and meet the experts! Photo left.