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This is one of Arusha’s best small properties. It is rural and tranquil and offers an excellent level of service with lovely rooms.  The restaurant here is a favourite in the area and the lovely backdrop of Mt Meru make this a very peaceful setting.  Onsea House would be its closest match and if you are looking for something more upmarket and stylish then look at the Arusha Coffee Lodge.  Rivertrees is furthest away from the Arusha airport, however, it is a great choice if our favourite, Onsea House, is full.

Rivertrees Lodge - The Facts 

Rivertrees is located to the west of Arusha about a 30 minute drive from Arusha airport and equidistant to Kilimanjaro airport.  It is in the small foothills of Mt Meru and close to the border of Arusha National park; in a great location for starting your Tanzania safari.

The main area of the lodge is built in a typical country inn design with open walls with a large and high thatch roof.  The restaurant is open and you can see into the kitchen though various red brick arch ways. The food here is very good and made even better with the atmosphere created here, plus there is a fantastic wood burning pizza oven.

There is a large reception room with sofas and a dominant central fire place.  The window frames are all wooden and soft in design, which goes very well with the large open garden’s enormous trees that look over the property.  The best feature is the Usa River that runs through the property, which is a stream that comes from Mt Meru itself.

Most of the cottages are located in the old farmhouse.  They are very cosy with big beds, mosquito nets, a few armchairs and a fan.  Being a traditional design these remain cool in the heat. Each has a small veranda with chairs.

The two cottages are out by the river, similar to the traditional room but are much larger. Ideal for families and those wanting the extra space and large bathrooms.

All nearby activities can be arranged here, such as horse riding, mountain biking, cultural trips and visits to Mt Kilimanjaro.


Guide Price: $130 per person
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