Rivertrees Country Inn

Arusha, Serengeti and northern Tanzania, Tanzania

At a Glance

  • Perfect spot to stay overnight at the beginning or the end of a safari

  • Offers breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru

  • Beautiful location - outside the hustle and bustle of Arusha

  • Excellent rooms and personal service

  • African country elegance

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Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.

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Insider's View

Take a stroll through the extensive gardens before a hearty dinner

Try some of the local coffee, grown on the slopes of Mount Meru

Help the chefs picking veggies for dinner.

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your vacation to Rivertrees Country Inn or take a look at our itineraries to Serengeti and northern Tanzania


Rivertrees Country Inn is a small guest house between Kilimanjaro and Arusha Airports. Rivertrees is set in the most stunning gardens and is a wonderful spot to either start or end a safari in northern Tanzania.

Rivertrees Country Inn is a small country inn accommodating up to 30 guests in 14 rooms, guaranteeing privacy, personal attention and service. The self-contained guest rooms are located either in the main farmhouse or within the 10-acre gardens and flower farm that run along the Usa River. There is also a new 'River House' containing two double suites with its own deck surrounding the house backing onto the river and it's own kitchen, lounge and gallery level snug.

Two 'River Cottages' offer private decks and woodburning fireplaces they also have outdoor showers and are on the riverbank. The emphasis is on providing comfortable accommodation; each room is individually styled and uniquely furnished with its own character.

The old farm house, restaurant and pub are cosily furnished. Combining old world ambiance, African country elegance, excellent farm cuisine, and personal service, Rivertrees is a welcoming place to stay. Nature, harmony and well being are the focal point at Rivertrees with acres of lush and mature gardens where guests can relax or walk undisturbed under the shade of many trees. Inviting fire places ward off the evening chill and country style kitchens round off the picture of a peaceful African home. Cherished photographs and furnishings reflect life of a bygone era and paintings and book shelves line the walls. Much of the food served here is home grown and the kitchen is open to the gardens.

The area abounds with birdlife, making it a haven for ornithological enthusiasts, and offers breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Beyond the gardens, grass lined pathways lead to the swimming pool and Usa River that flows through the property.

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There are 18 garden rooms, two River Cottages and also River House which has two double bedrooms. The Garden Rooms are unique in their decor, have high quality antique furniture and an airy bathroom. The River Cottages have in addition an outdoor private shower and a spacious terrace overlooking the river. The River House has two identical wings and can be booked either as a partial house or a full house. You can arrange to have a private chef and butler to accompany you.


Children of all ages are welcome to stay at Rivertree Country Inn, however, there are no specific child care facilities available for them. The River House is an ideal choice of accommodation for families as it has two separate rooms.


Email, fax, internet services, a small gift shop, satellite T.V and laundry services are available for your use during your stay.

There is an inviting swimming pool to help you refresh from the warm african sun. If you would like to indulge in some pampering, you could arrange to have a massage. There is also a curio shop.


Lake Duluti Canoeing, Tanzanian Coffee Tour, Local Village Tour, Mountain bike ride, Riverwalk



Anna Hearn (Staff)

Rivertrees, set just outside Arusha, is one of the simpler options in Arusha for those arriving and overnighting in Arusha before heading to the Serengeti or the Ngorongoro Crater.

Set in extensive gardens, there are ten standard rooms, two cottages and the much larger River House which is set quite apart from the other accommodation - and is where Prince Charles once stayed when he visited Tanzania!

The rooms are comfortable and clean, each with an en-suite bathroom, and the lodge has a large main area overlooking the main lawn which houses the bar and the dining room. It's not the most luxurious option in Arusha but is fine for an overnight stay before departing on your Tanzanian safari.


  • Game drive in the Serengeti

    Explore the vast grasslands of the Serengeti with your safari guide on game drives in the early morning and late afternoon. This is one of the most famous national parks in Africa, and it's easy to see why.

  • Search for the migration herds

    One of Africa's most iconic moments - the migration of two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles around the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.

  • Visit to the Shanga workshop

    Pay a visit to the Shanga workshop in Arusha, a local, socially-conscious, company which employs people with disabilities to create stunning hand-made jewelry and glassware. Admire the beautiful creations while contributing to the local community.

Location & directions

Arusha, Serengeti and northern Tanzania, Tanzania

Rivertrees Country Inn is on the banks of the Usa River, located within 10 acres of lush, well-tended, tropical gardens. Half way between the town of Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport. On a clear day it is possible to see Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro from here

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Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your vacation to Rivertrees Country Inn or take a look at our itineraries to Serengeti and northern Tanzania

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