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Rafiki Bush Lodge

708 Tamboti Street Hoedspruit wildlife estate, Hoedspruit, Maruleng 1380 South Africa
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Its located very central to use as a base to explore the Lowveld area and surroundings. Right in the heart of the Greater Kruger area. Rafiki is located within a private Wildlife Estate in Hoedspruit, within 40min drive from the Kruger National Park, and 1:30 hour drive from Blyderiver canyon. Our logde includes 4 rooms and can take max 8 guests.
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veerleb368 wrote a review 6 Apr
Gouda, The Netherlands20 contributions1 helpful vote
Awesome spot near Greater Kruger & close to town. Maria's help was invaluable, rooms are spacious & clean, food delicious, no loadshedding, WiFi was fast. Gamedrive with Reinhardt was a highlight. Definitely returning for our next Safari!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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E794BUcb wrote a review Mar 2024
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We had a great stay with sightings of wildlife during breakfast. The room was the nicest we had during our two weeks trip. Hosting completely perfect, and the spontaneous game drive with Reinhardt was far the best we had! Thank you very much, we will come back
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Zamathembu wrote a review Mar 2024
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The level of respect and special treatment for our needs. They value and treasure their quest. The place is excellent, clean ,peaceful for soulful and relaxing for the mind. It's perfect for recognition with your loved ones. 😍
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Andrew M wrote a review Oct 2023
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really liked staying here. Very comfortable, intimate. great service. The food was excellent. It is in a quiet location but near the airport. It was nice to take a walk around the estate after so much time in a vehicle.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Maps775426 wrote a review Oct 2023
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We had a wonderful stay in beautiful Rafiki Bush Lodge! The Lodge is modern, beautiful and spotless. It has the feel of a very upmarket family home. Maria, Reinhardt and Lungsanne (sp?) made us so welcome, and little Mara provided the entertainment. The food was fantastic - I think we gained 3kg each during our 5 day stay! The pool was refreshing and very welcome on those 35C afternoons. The bush comes right up to the garden fence; the red-necked nightjar sang us to sleep each night. Nothing was too much trouble for these supreme hosts: Maria brought us into town for some shopping; Reinhardt drove us to a sports bar to watch a Rugby World Cup match. When a wedding anniversary was mentioned, champagne appeared; at the end of an early morning bush drive, we emerged into a clearing to find a splendid al fresco breakfast laid out for us! To cap it all, a huge giraffe strolled up the driveway to the lodge to wish us a perfect au revoir!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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dmclark2016 wrote a review Sept 2023
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To begin with, Maria and Reinhardt made our whole group (6 women traveling together), feel like very privileged family. Ours rooms were perfect, and so very comfortable. I never wanted to get out of my wonderful outdoor shower! I apologize to everyone else, if I used up the hot water every time I got in! I'm not sure why anyone would complain about the food, but there was plenty of beautiful fresh local food for every meal. Maria and Lunghi cooked whatever was desired, or surprised us with very high quality meals at all times. The guided tours of the local reserve or of the Kruger National Park, were so very special, done expertly by Reinhardt. I can't thank the family enough for sharing their obvious love of the area.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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bcorail05 wrote a review Aug 2023
Ile-de-France, France1 contribution
Hi there ! We had a lovely time in Rafiki Bush Lodge The room was stunning . Maria was also reactive to a last minutes guest and that was good . We chose 2 activities and they were also very good . We enjoyed both of them our safari and guided tour were both amazing Nothing to complain about the house except the pool was not clean so we couldn’t use it. The rooms were stunning I really appreciated the decoration and the comfort. As for the food I was dispointed because it was supposed to be inclusive yet we had to pay for soft drinks and water. The food was not enough for 6 people including three men besides we only had a main courses and a desert no entry no starters was included except on the first night at the lodge. Same thing for the breakfast helping were not generous enough , we had to ask for jam and more bread the fruits were in small quantities. The breakfast was not varied and generous enough. I was very disappointed about the take away breakfast to safari. The special wraps prepared the night before were most unsavoury and obviously cold . Any way the bad point here is the food. Nothing to complain about the hospitality and the rest only the food . My family enjoy everything except the food. Thanks’ you
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Date of stay: August 2023
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veerleb368 wrote a review Jul 2023
Gouda, The Netherlands20 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a great stay at Rafiki Lodge. Wonderful location and fantastic hosts. Food was good, and we had fun with the other guests. And while you are there, please treat yourself to a gamedrive with Reinhardt! I would definitely recommend staying here while you are in Hoedspruit!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ldiale315906 wrote a review Jun 2023
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Our stay at Rafiki Bush Lodge was very exceptional, the quality of our stay the exceeded my expectations. The food was amazing, both breakfast and dinner. The rooms were top tier, I really liked the outdoor shower. Keep it up guys
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Date of stay: June 2023
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William S wrote a review Jun 2023
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We had booked two nights at Rafiki as a stopover after a long trip to relax before we “started” our safari. Little did we know that from the moment we arrived, we would have one of the best safari experiences we have ever had. The people, the lodge, and, of course, the game drives, which we had not originally planned to take advantage of, were all wonderful. Maria and Reinhardt, the owners, have created a wonderful environment that we thoroughly enjoyed. Rafiki is very different from the other lodges we stayed at on our trip, which were much bigger and much more commercial, but in hindsight, we enjoyed it as much, and in some ways more, than the bigger lodges in Sabi Sands, etc. You get the entire safari experience (e.g., great dining, cocktails by the fire in the evenings, boma, patio, swimming pool, game drives, meeting like-minded people) that you find at much bigger lodges, but in a warm and intimate setting that allowed us more flexibility and fun. A family owned and operated business like this can be very special when it is done well, and we don’t know how Maria and Reinhardt could do it any better. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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South AfricaLimpopo ProvinceMarulengHoedspruit
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rafiki Bush Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Rafiki Bush Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Siyafunda Wildlife & Conservation (6.0 km), High Tea With Elephants (6.6 km), and Benedictions (3.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rafiki Bush Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Rafiki Bush Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rafiki Bush Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rafiki Bush Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Hat & Creek - Hoedspruit, Sleepers Restaurant, and The Kitchen @ Khaya Ndlovu Safari Manor.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Rafiki Bush Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Rafiki Bush Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Rafiki Bush Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.