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Once an old coffee farm in the foothills of Mount Meru, Rivertrees Country Inn is a charming country estate nestled in a tranquil forest and garden setting on the banks of the Usa River in northern Tanzania. Located just under an hour’s drive from both Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airports, it is a soothing retreat before or after a safari.

Rivertrees Country Inn looks out towards Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and is conveniently situated in the heart of northern Tanzania’s popular safari circuit. Depending on how much time you have here, you can explore Arusha National Park on foot or by game-drive vehicle. You can also discover the little-known gem that is Lake Duluti Forest Reserve – its lake is a crater surrounded by lush indigenous forest. Spend an afternoon canoeing over its serene water, soaking in the tremendous birdlife and extraordinary views of Mount Meru.

If you do not feel like leaving the peaceful estate, you can relax next to the swimming pool or enjoy a stroll down the enchanting pathways through the surrounding forest to spot and identify the area’s phenomenal birdlife. Enjoy the Usa River’s natural charm and pause at the many scenic spots along the way.

Authentic cottages are set alongside the river, surrounded by lush lawns and river trees – a magnificent sanctuary for the resident birdlife, as well as colobus and blue monkeys. Rivertrees prides itself on offering splendid service and attention to detail, and providing guests with down-to-earth comfort that invokes a warm sense of feeling at home.


  • Well-appointed and spacious rooms
  • Nestled in a tranquil forest setting in the foothills of Mount Meru
  • Superb views of Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain
  • Conveniently located near Arusha and Kilimanjaro Airports
  • Situated alongside Arusha National Park
  • Phenomenal birdlife around the estate


  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Day tours
  • Local village visits
  • Game drives
'A charming inn located in lush green gardens close to Arusha National park. This is a great option for a pre- or post-safari overnight stay in Arusha. I would recommend adding on a night to recover from the long flights to Africa - spend the day exploring and later return to cosy Rivertrees for dinner before setting off on your adventure.'
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Garden Room

These charming and spacious rooms are well-appointed and offer undisturbed views over the estate’s lush gardens. Each room is uniquely and tastefully decorated, and provides guests with private patios and supremely comfortable, mosquito net-draped beds. The stone-walled bathrooms are en suite, equipped with separate showers and large, hand-built bathtubs. Several of the Garden Rooms are adjoined for families or groups, while others offer exclusivity and privacy.

River Cottage

Two River Cottages are nestled in forested thickets and perched on the riverbank, with large terraces opening onto the lush forest surroundings. Spend hours by the bay windows, soaking in the tranquil environment while watching the local wildlife frolic in the canopy overhead. At night, cosy up by the indoor fireplace before savouring a peaceful sleep in the comfortable beds, romantically draped with mosquito nets.

Farm House

Once the heart of this coffee estate, the Farm House offers families or groups of up to 10 the opportunity to relish in its charm and classic character. Tastefully decorated with family antiques and portraits, and boasting four spacious bedrooms, all with private bathrooms. Curl up next to the fireplace or sink into a comfortable chair on the enormous verandah.

River House

With its two large bedrooms and spacious living room, the River House can comfortably host a family or group of four. It offers a classic, wood cabin safari style and could easily be mistaken as the owner’s pied-à-terre. Built with stone walls and covered with thatch, the River House offers a warm and inviting atmosphere to guests seeking space and exclusivity. Dine by candlelight under the verandah before sinking into the comfortable outdoor sofa, listening to the forest breathe with the sounds of the wild.


Picturesque pathways wind through the lush estate down to the sparkling swimming pool and massage banda (hut). Soak up the sights and sounds of the Usa River while you indulge in a soothing spa treatment. Crown your experience with a deep soak in a custom-made tub.

Rivertrees Country Inn’s restaurant provides a relaxing environment in which to enjoy a good book, a cup of fresh, locally grown coffee and complimentary Wi-Fi.


Overlooking the estate’s lush green lawns, the restaurant serves scrumptious country cuisine prepared with garden-fresh ingredients and old family recipes. Have your lunch in the garden under the shady trees, overlooking the river. Enjoy intimate candlelit dinners by the cosy indoor fireplace, or under the African night sky and the watchful eyes of the resident owls. The restaurant is also a popular meeting place for Arusha residents who come for the famed wood-fired pizzas.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Private garden
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Curio or Gift shop
  • Wi-fi available


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Dates Board Price
2022-07-01 — 2022-08-20 Bed & Breakfast $140
2022-08-21 — 2022-10-31 Bed & Breakfast $105
2022-11-01 — 2022-12-18 Bed & Breakfast $65
2022-12-19 — 2022-12-31 Bed & Breakfast $140
2023-01-01 — 2023-03-20 Bed & Breakfast $135
2023-03-21 — 2023-05-22 Bed & Breakfast $85
2023-05-23 — 2023-06-30 Bed & Breakfast $135
2023-07-01 — 2023-08-20 Bed & Breakfast $155
2023-08-21 — 2023-10-31 Bed & Breakfast $135
2023-11-01 — 2023-12-18 Bed & Breakfast $85
2023-12-19 — 2023-12-31 Bed & Breakfast $155

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Rivertrees Country Inn

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"We stayed in special accommodation which was a huge two-bedroom house. Absolutely beautiful!"

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