Rivertrees Country Inn

Location: Serengeti & Northern Tanzania | Tanzania

Price guide: $$$$$ $100-$200 per person per night

Rivertrees sits in the pretty area of Usa River, just outside of Arusha. It has lush tropical gardens, and 13 cottages scattered amongst the grounds. There are 10 standard garden rooms, two river cottages, and the River House, which has two double bedrooms. The feel here is a cosy, farmhousey one. The cottages all have thatched roofs, traditional antique and African furniture, and ensuite bathrooms. When we visited, we thought the garden rooms were fine, but if it’s a special occasion, the river cottages are definitely worth the upgrade - they have a few extra special touches that make them feel especially pretty and homely. There’s a central restaurant and lounge, and also a pool, which gets good use as many people come here to relax either before or after a flight. However, if you do want to be active, there is a good amount to do. This is a very good place to get a feel for rural Tanzania, where the people actually live, rather than the remote beaches and game reserves. There are mountain bike rides, tours of the local villages and coffee plantations, even an afternoon of cooking with the chef. Some of these do need a little advance planning, so if you’d like to do any of these, please just let your specialist know, so that we can advise the lodge to be prepared.
Perfect forAnyone looking for a serene beginning or end to a safari circuit in northern Tanzania.
In the know
  • Located outside of Arusha, giving it a countryside feel
  • Relaxed introduction to the country before a safari
  • Immersion into nature with beautiful gardens and luscious foliage

Recommended for...

  • Setting & Views
  • Family-friendly
  • Guesthouse or Inn
  • Peace & Quiet

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Rivertrees is located just outside of Arusha on the bank of the Usa River and sits among 10 acres of lush tropical gardens. Only a 30-minute drive from Arusha and Kilimanjaro airport, the inn offers amazing views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.

Rooms at Rivertrees Country Inn

The inn holds 20 garden rooms, two cottages and a river house – all of which are hidden among flame trees, bougainvillea, and hibiscus and banana trees, to offer privacy to all guests. Every room is uniquely furnished and give guests an excellent view of the surrounding landscapes. The Farm House cottage was built at the heart of the coffee estate and has a separate entrance to ensure exclusivity.  When we visited, we thought the garden rooms were fine, but if it’s a special occasion, the river cottages are definitely worth the upgrade - they have a few extra special touches that make them feel especially pretty and homely. The River House consists of two separate en suite double bedrooms, a living room which houses a fireplace, a wrap-around veranda and a view of the river.

Food & Drink

For dinner Rivertrees offers a five course meal of international foods with an African twist so that guests can enjoy the culture in all that they eat. All ingredients are handpicked from their own garden ensuring that the food is fresh and flavoursome. Guests can also enjoy one of the Inn’s very popular wood oven pizzas.


Hidden among the lush greenery guests can find a beautiful pool for relaxation. For further relaxation guests can also enjoy a massage whilst enjoying the soothing sounds of the river, followed by a deep soak in a custom made tub. The Inn also has internet access that all guests can take advantage of.

Activities at Rivertrees Country Inn

Rivertrees can organise a variety of activities of guests allowing them immerse themselves in both nature and cultures. These activities include a local village tour where guests can see the surrounding farms and speak to local farmers. They also offer a coffee tour where you can see the cycle of the coffee bean.  For those who prefer something more active the hotel can organise mountain biking through Mount Meru, canoeing along Lake Duluti and horse-riding through nearby farms.

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Hotel location

Rivertrees Country Inn is within a half hour's drive from Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport.

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