Rivertrees Country Inn is privately owned and run. We rate it very highly at YZ, particularly for a serene stopover before or after a safari in North Tanzania. The inn has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor! Usually the accommodation is booked on a half-board basis, including breakfast, lunch/dinner, filtered drinking water, parking, and Wi-Fi. Children aged under 3 years and sharing with their parents stay for free!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The inn is accessed via 30 minutes’ road transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport. It’s half an hour’s drive from Arusha too. Rivertrees is situated at the end of a pleasant tree-lined drive, and on the banks of the River Usa within tropical grounds.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Guest accommodation comes in four categories – Garden Room, Farmhouse Room, River Cottage, and River House. All options are very comfortable, and furnished in a practical yet stylish way. Garden rooms can be interlinked for families or groups, and one room is suitable for wheelchair users. A few rooms have a nicely secluded location, perfect for honeymooners or couples on a romantic break, and most are found in a small brick-and-thatch cottage that houses two rooms in total. Furnishings include a double bed, twin beds, or triple beds, as well as bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk and chair, a wardrobe, a day bed, and a separate seating area with cosy fireplace. Some intriguing artwork adorns the walls, and fresh roses frequently fill the space with their delightful fragrance. En-suite facilities typically comprise a flush toilet, washbasin within vanity unit, shower cubicle with curtain, and concrete bath. Toiletries are supplied. The Garden Room also has a covered veranda, where you can relax and enjoy your garden views. Rooms within the farmhouse are just as well appointed, and the whole house can be booked exclusively for a maximum of ten guests. Each River Cottage is well presented too, and recommended for travellers seeking a little extra space in addition to a lovely riverside location and a private outdoor shower! Finally, River House is Rivertrees’ self-contained option, with two en-suite double bedrooms, a separate lounge with fireplace and satellite television, and a private veranda that’s fantastic for tucking in to delicious meals while the River Usa rushes by.
Rivertrees’ communal lounge is found in the main farmhouse, or inn. It features well-cushioned armchairs and sofas around a coffee table, and a grand wood-burning fireplace. A good selection of board games, books, and magazines is available here, as is a modest-size television. Old photos are displayed on the walls, and a few antiques contribute to the olde-worlde style. Guests often enjoy afternoon tea in this lounge, or on the veranda outside. The property’s dining room and bar occupy a separate structure, an open-sided wood-and-thatch design. Here, guests are served breakfasts, lunches, and/or dinners. Overall the food is tasty and satisfying – dinners can involve five courses of local and international fare! Dining also takes place in the gorgeous grounds, as well as in yet another separate building complete with pizza oven and barbecue. An outdoor massage banda provides a range of soothing treatments, and the swimming pool entices travellers to take a refreshing dip.
Whether you’re here for a stopover or a longer stay, Rivertrees has something to suit you. One-nighters can make good use of the inn’s own facilities including the gardens, where you can spend many a happy hour strolling amidst the trees and spotting some of the ample birdlife. The estate is made up of an impressive 10 hectares, so there’s a lot of ground to cover! For longer-stay guests, the inn provides a great base from which to explore all sorts of attractions. For example, you can head out to the national parks of Arusha, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire. Canoeing on Lake Duluti is possible too – surrounded by forest, this activity offers further opportunities for birdwatching. You can also go on various mountain biking expeditions, such as through local villages and up the slopes of Mount Meru on a journey that takes about 2 hours. And a 3-hour coffee tour is ideal for anyone interested in how this crop has been produced since the early 1900s. Local farmers are on hand to lead you through a local village to a nursery and lastly to a factory, where you can observe the packing process. Local village tours are available too!