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. 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. 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.
Each of the 18 Garden Rooms are nestled under a blanket of trees, overlooking the expansive gardens. Each room is unique in its decor, filled with high quality antique furniture and intricate floor coverings. Amenities include self-contained bathrooms with shower or bathtub, mosquito netting, hot water, bottled water, complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas, a laptop available for guest use, laundry services, and private dining upon request.
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The two spacious River Cottages perfectly meld both nature and privacy for your entire stay. These cottages are situated along the Usa River under a grove of trees that are home to families of both Blue and Vervet monkeys. Additional amenities to the Garden Rooms include an outdoor private rain shower, a large river deck, a wood-burning fire place, and complete handicap accessibility.
The latest addition to Rivertrees is the exclusive River House, offering two identical wings, each suited for double accommodation, available to book either as a partial or complete house. It is suggested that you outfit your stay with a private chef and butler, each which can be arranged through the Reservations Manager. Additional amenities to the River House include stone designed full bath and shower, complimentary private Wi-Fi access, living room, bar, full kitchen, and wrap around veranda.
Rivertrees’ lively restaurant and open kitchen serves up some of the best pizza in town and gourmet country cuisine using fresh farm vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown in their own gardens. Meals can be enjoyed in the restaurant, at the bar, al fresco under the dappled shade, on the river deck, or in the beautifully restored farm house among its warm ochre colours and cherished family antiques. The restaurant is an ideal meeting place and an easy stop on the way to or back from Kilimanjaro airport. Nearby residents often drop in for drinks, a healthy meal, or to lounge about. It is also a good place to watch sports on satellite TV in the al fresco bar. Free Wi-Fi is available. Rivertrees also specializes in catering for seminars, weddings, conferences, and other special occasions. The Restaurant and Bar at Rivertrees Country Inn is open daily from noon to 9:30pm. They are closed April 1st to May 14th. Reservations are highly recommended.
Cool off and relax at the Inn’s pristine swimming pool.
Experience the Rivertrees Signature ‘Massage & Soak’ at the spa, featuring your own personal therapist. The classic treatment is meant to calm the senses and soothe the body. Enter the outdoor massage banda (thatched house), outfitted with tented mosquito netting and garnished with flowers throughout. Experience one hour of Swedish massage in your choice of either light, medium, or deep pressure, followed by a 20 minute soak in the custom-fit bathtub. The cost of the massage and soak is $50 and spans 80 relaxing minutes.
Some of the popular activities that may be arrange by the Inn include a Lake Duluti Canoeing, Tanzanian Coffee Tour, Local Village Tour, Mountain bike ride, Riverwalk, Cook in the Garden with Rivertrees Chefs, and self-guided bird-watching tours.