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Day 9 - Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Highlands

Another private charter awaits! After one last morning exploring, we will depart the Serengeti from Seronera and fly over the desert-like plains, scrubland and the amazing Ngorongoro Conservation Area to land in Manyara. This is true Maasai country, as the pastoralists have become master survivalists in what are often harsh and arid conditions. We will land near the Ngorongoro Highlands and drive up steep, winding roads, where we will be rewarded with expansive vistas of the lake and surrounding plains. At the top of the escarpment lie the lush Ngorongoro Highlands, where the region's rich volcanic soil makes for some of the most fertile land in Tanzania. Finally, we will arrive at bucolic Gibb’s Farm, our home for the next three nights. For over 80 years, Gibb’s Farm has been an important part of the history of the Ngorongoro Highlands. What began in the 1920s as a German Colonial coffee plantation became the residence of a British World War II veteran, James Gibb, in 1948. (Adam can’t wait to tell you about the German Colonial period through WWII).  James Gibb married in Tanzania and lived on the property with his wife, Margaret, an avid gardener who planted numerous vegetable and flower gardens on the property. As a productive farm, Gibb’s began to attract more tourists after the establishment of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the 1960s. The estate soon became among the first guesthouses in northern Tanzania when they constructed guest cottages near the farm in 1972. Over 35 years later, Gibb’s has been passed on to new investors, who had themselves been longtime users of the lodge.

Still a working coffee estate and farm, Gibb’s resonates with the perfect harmony of nature and culture, luxury and sustainability, magnificent accommodation and historic preservation.  For this, it has been awarded Travel + Leisure’s Best Safari Lodge in Africa two years in a row!

This afternoon, stretch your legs with a tour of the gardens and enjoy the quiet atmosphere, the abundance of beautiful flora and the views out into the surrounding highlands. You may choose to spend your time relaxing on the verandah with tea, or opt for a farm or garden tour, bird watching, coffee roasting, and more.

GIBB’S FARM (B, Boxed Lunch, D)