True to all the delightful images its name conjures, Rivertrees is an idyllic haven — as cool and quiet as the shaded waters that weave through it. Sunlight dapples the lush green lawns, birds chatter and the breeze through the tall branches sounds like the contented sigh of a lazy afternoon.The inn has a range of accommodation including Garden Rooms, River Cottages, a sumptuous River House, and the original Farm House. In addition, talented therapists offer much-appreciated massages for weary travellers and mountain climbers, and the restaurant serves guests fresh tasty meals.
The resort is set over 10 lush acres, and the cottages are hidden discreetly among thickets of trees and vegetation, and around river bends. The spaciousness and foliage complement each other to maintain an aura of calm that seems to absorb any bustle and busyness, and permeates the serenity innate to such a natural space.
The friendliness of the staff beﬁts the cosy nature of Rivertrees, and is an instinctive extension of the attention to detail designed make the most of the Inn’s friendly ambiance. While the swarming safari circuit circles Arusha and Kilimanjaro, Rivertrees is tucked away in the foothills of Kilimanjaro’s lesser-known cousin, Mount Meru. A catalogue of activities plays to the untapped riches of its surroundings: guests are encouraged to explore the nearby villages and the smallholder farming projects that testify to the region’s coffee-growing prowess.
A short meander up the road leads to Arusha National Park. This natural reserve rewards visitors with sparkling, ﬂamingo-studded lakes, green groves that are home to grazing buffalo and zebra, and thick, lichened forests that lead the way up to the blown-out crater of Mount Meru.
Another nearby highlight worth visiting is Lake Duluti. Cradled by woodland, this natural wonder yields the best of its abundant birdlife from a canoe. Keen photographers often say this trip is the highlight of their stay.
Much like these understated treasures, Rivertrees is an oasis of natural charm that adds a timeless pause to a traveller’s journey.
Cycling through the bustle of the village before spending an afternoon canoeing on Lake Duluti, a spectacular crater lake
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• 34 rooms
• Free wi-fi
• Swimming pool
• Massage treatments
• River deck
• Wildlife activity centre
• Gift shop
• Village visits
• Wildlife watching
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