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The River House

P.O. Box 13286, Arusha, Tanzania
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Ranked #2 of 69 restaurants in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Chemnitz, Germany
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

serene atmosphere in a nice seeting at a river, we saw a vervet monkey in the trees opposite the restaurant, we enjoyed the good service, but just expected a greater variety of food.

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Carefree, Arizona
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37 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This restaurant is in a lovely, park-like setting in Arusha, in a thatched, open-air building on the same large grounds as the Shanga sheltered workshop and store. We had an appetizer and soup, then a buffet with salads, vegetables and barbecued chicken, beef and fish. The food was excellent, served with style, and finished with an interesting dessert assortment. After... More

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We stopped at this place with our safari driver when heading out of Arusha to Ngorongoro Crater. It was mostly tourists and probably a typical stop on tours in the area, but the location and food were both great, so I we were glad they brought us here. There was a huge variety of food offered, for many different tastes,... More

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Geneva, IL
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I had read about this place during my research and knew I wanted to go. Our tour operator arranged lunch for us at the lovely River House which was wonderful. After a long journey on the bus from Nairobi that morning it was so nice to sit in the thatched restaurant looking out at the lush gardens and watching the... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We visited River House on our recent visit to Arusha. I had read previous reviews on Trip Advisor and we weren't disappointed. We used a taxi to get there. We noticed immediately how beautiful the grounds were. We first did the tour of Shanga; and then relaxed on the sofa couches under the shady large trees and drank champagne. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

If your in Arusha this place is a must see! You can get a tour of Shanga and then have lunch in a beautiful bungalow! Food was delicious and was ALL you can eat!!

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Tucked amidst beautiful gardens and lawns, when you step into River House coming off of the dusty main road you are transported to another world. Seated immediately on soft couches tucked under a large shady banyan tree, we were greeted with a welcome sparkling wine and warm towels. Once the table was ready, we were walked round to the large... More

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Palm Springs, California
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

As part of our OAT safari, we spent the better part of the day visiting the Shanga River House, a cooperative where physically challenged Tanzanians are trained to creat tradiional jewelry and crafts from local fabrics and recycled materials. Here, we joined a cooking demonstration by a talented and very funny chef. We then had lunch of traditional Tanzanian specialties.... More

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Secunda, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Expect to pay TS10'000 for taxi fare each way. Booking essential if not included in your tour package, many of which stop for lunch here. Great BBQ lunch in relaxed environment with sustainable glass recycling project with handmade items for sale, and a Tanzanite Experience store on the premises.

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

This is a truly exceptional place which you should not miss! Requires booking and usually cater for lunches only. We booked in the morning for a seating that same afternoon. We were met by a guide on arrival and shown to a seated area in a beautiful garden. Having been seated, we were then welcomed with a complimentary glass of... More

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