ART, LIFE & FESTIVALS: Ujamaa Festival

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INDEPENDENCE: Ujamaa Festival

The nation was founded in 1961, December 9th.  Nyerere, the ‘Father of the country,’ promoted community dependence with Ujamaa collectivisation and self sufficiency. As a result Tanzania remains one the most stable regions on the continent. We celebrate this achievement with inter-cultural activities all week long.

This festival examples the recent award: 2010  First Place Responsible Tourism Educational Travel Community.

There is no supplemental cost for this program

  1. Festival entertainment, example schedule below

  2. ALL Farm Life activities listed below. 

  3. General Conditions:

  4. Valid for two or more consecutive nights stay at full board (American Plan - three meals)

  5. Deposit and reservations made according to policy


We recognise the independence of Tanzania, attained  December 9th 1961, by celebrating her cultural diversity. Most travellers are drawn to the northern safari circuit in celebration of its rich bio-diversity.  During this week we offer opportunities for both.

In the early 60‘s Nyerere used Ujamaa as the basis for a national development project. The ‘father of the nation’ translated the Ujamaa concept into a political-economic management model.  The villagization of production which essentially collectivized all forms of local productive capacity; the fostering of Tanzanian self-reliance through two dimensions: the transformation of economic and cultural attitudes. Economically, everyone worked for both the group and for him/herself.

Eventually a number of factors contributed to the downfall of this development model based on the Ujamaa concept. Among those factors were the oil crisis of the 1970s, the collapse of export commodity prices (particularly coffee and sisal), a lack of foreign direct investment, and the onset of the war with Uganda in 1978 which bled the young Tanzanian nation of valuable resources.

Gibb’s Farm thrives today because of the support of the local communities, in particular the immediate village of Tloma.  We invite you to take advantage of the welcoming nature of this community and learn about the Iraqw culture, and the legacy of Ujamaa through activities listed on the left and a mountain bike safari into Tloma with a Gibb’s Farm naturalist. Through these experiences one is sure to better appreciate the cultural diversity of this area.

For more information visit the Cottages of Gibb’s Farm Tlamoa House, Ngoma House, Shamba House and Anniversary House

Drum Dance

INDEPENDENCE: Ujamaa Festival

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December 6~11th


Drum Dance & Chant

Farmhand Choir

Evening Talks at Tembo Fireplace

SANAA Art Exhibition

Iraqw ‘fashion show’

Traditional Cuisine with               Lunch & Dinner

First Place Honoree 2010

Responsible Tourism Showcase

The Educational Travel Community’s recognition of our Living-Museum educational programs, bridging the traveler’s experience, community learning and economy, is based on the long heritage of this eighty year old farm estate.


40th Year Anniversary

Many Reasons to Celebrate

Garden Sunset
Afternoon Tea
Farm-Style Meals
Garden Tour
Farm Walk
Ngorongoro Forest Walk
Coffee Roasting
Tloma Primary School Visit
Village Walk
Traditional Medicine Walk
Reflection and Discussion