Rivertrees Country Inn
Set in Northern Tanzania just outside the bustling safari town of Arusha, Rivertrees looks out toward Mt Kilimanjaro and is perfectly situated for exploring the abundant nature reserves that this region is home to.
The inn is a charming country estate that was once an old coffee farm and still retains the nostalgic air of a well-loved homestead. Sprawling ten acres of fertile greenery, the grounds are a natural extension of Mt Meru’s sloping foothills, and offer a sanctuary for the birds and wildlife indigenous to the area.
Elegantly rustic cottages are dotted along the river and in thickets of tall trees, while lush lawns and birdsong make for a peaceful and picturesque setting. Set in the heart of an area rich in nature reserves, montane forests, and vibrant village culture, the scope for exploration is endless.
The restaurant concocts tasty meals of garden-fresh ingredients and old family recipes, as well as oven-fired pizzas and the best of the region’s locally grown coffees. Delicious candle-lit dinners are served by the warmth of the fireplace, or under the stars and the watchful eyes of resident owls.
Rivertrees combines unpretentious comfort with subtle accents of style to create a timeless pause in a traveler’s journey, and a sense of warmth and genuine welcome.
Because Rivertrees grew in stages, each cottage was designed with individual thought and care, and furnished with unique attention. The inn’s design makes the most of the riverine nooks and bends, and clearings in leafy groves, to grant each dwelling its sense of privacy and peace.
The restaurant makes for a relaxing setting for a book and a coffee, or a garden-fresh meal in the sunshine. Winding pathways weave a lazy loop through the spacious grounds, and reveal a sparkling swimming pool and a massage hut for those that enjoy surrendering to relaxation.
For the more active character, Rivertrees also serves as the perfect launchpad for myriad adventures and explorations of its surroundings. Be it a night or a week, there is plenty to do, or if you prefer – nothing at all.
In keeping with the nature of the place, Rivertrees’ restaurant specializes in gourmet country cuisine, and many of the ingredients are picked fresh from its gardens. The recipes are based on tried-and-true old family favorites, and the pizzas turned out of the wood-burning oven are understandably popular among regulars.
What adds an extra element to mealtimes is the stunning settings to choose from: out in the gardens under tall shady trees, overlooking the waters winding beneath the river deck, by the warm fireside indoors, or even in the beautifully atmospheric old Farm House.
Complimentary Wi-Fi and the best of the region’s locally grown coffee make it the perfect place to catch up with the world or to sit back with a book and enjoy the peace in the dappled sunshine.
A popular meeting place for nearby residents, the restaurant and bar are open all day, and make for the perfect stopover en route to or from Kilimanjaro International Airport, be it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
With all the style and understated elegance of the owner’s private pied-a-terre, the River House is well suited to those with discerning taste, and who value secluded space and exclusivity. Two ample bedrooms and a lavish living room can comfortably host a group of four, while the wrap-around veranda and its river views offer a peaceful setting for repose.
Snugly set in forested thickets and perched high on the riverbank, two spacious cottages are designed to complement the privacy and seclusion of their natural element. A terrace opening onto the forest and the outdoor rain showers invite inhabitants to soak in the beauty of their surroundings and appreciate the wildlife animating the canopy overhead.
The Farm House
The Farm House was the heart of the coffee estate before it first became a B&B, and still retains the air of a much-loved home, adorned with family antiques and old portraits on its walls. Containing four en-suite rooms, each with its entrance, the house can comfortably accommodate families or groups of up to ten, with plenty of space for lounging on its vast veranda or curling up in front of the fireplace.
The Garden Rooms
The delightful Garden Rooms are each uniquely and tastefully furnished and yield views across acres of lush lawns from the shelter of fertile foliage. Several are adjoined for families and friends, while others offer couples the exclusivity and romance of their own private space. The Rivertrees reservation team makes a point of allocating each room according to the needs of their guests and takes care to ensure that the right match is made for the perfect stay.
Welcome to the Rivertrees Spa, a sanctuary of well-being nestled amidst the natural serenity that defines Rivertrees Country Inn. Just as the river flows peacefully through our lush terrain, let your stresses drift away, replaced by a sense of renewal and relaxation. Our spa is more than just a treatment space; it’s an oasis where the elements of nature seamlessly blend with time-honored traditions, offering a unique retreat that complements the innate tranquillity of our setting.
Rivertrees is immersed in the natural beauties indigenous to Northern Tanzania, and there is never any shortage of exploring to do. Opt for Arusha National Park and the foothills of Mt Meru a mere 15 minutes away, or spend an afternoon canoeing on Duluti’s spectacular crater lake. A cycle through the colorful bustle of the village and past smallholder coffee projects offers insight into local life.
LOCAL VILLAGE TOUR
A few hours meandering through the bustling village of Usa River offers an enchanting insight into day-to-day Tanzanian life and a wonderful way to interact with the vibrant culture of the region. A guide will lead the way past local farms, stopping to talk farming methods with the people working the fields, before escorting you to the heart of the community to impart a flavor of the color and vitality of the village.
LAKE DULUTI CANOEING
A short drive in the direction of Arusha leads to the little-known gem that is Lake Duluti Forest Reserve, whose lake is a crater enclosed by plush slopes of forest leading down to the water’s edge. An afternoon canoeing across its calm surface offers stunning views of Mt Meru, as well as a wealth of birdlife resident to its surroundings. Most notably, flocks of Cattle Egrets numbering in the hundreds swoop in overhead as they return to roost toward evening.
Whilst the swarming safari circuit circles Arusha and Kilimanjaro, Rivertrees is tucked away out of town, and serves as a gateway to the abundance of natural wonders indigenous to Northern Tanzania, as well as a beautiful destination in its own right. For those in transit to and from safari, it provides a peaceful pause between destinations… And for those who are lingering longer, there is a wealth of interests just on its doorstep.
ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK DAY TRIP
This treasure of an understated park merits a whole safari in its own right, and it spans a territory teeming with natural wonders. Its terrain scales the lichen-forested slopes up to Mt Meru’s craggy peak, in whose foothills nestle the flamingo-filled Momela lakes. Buffalo dot the marshy heart of Ngurdoto Crater, and grassy glades of wildlife intersperse cool shady forests festooned with orchids, birds, and colobus.
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Rivertrees Country Inn is accessible by road from Kilimanjaro International Airport, it’s a 35-minute drive (29km).
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