Rafiki Bush Lodge

Rafiki Bush Lodge

708 Tamboti Street Hoedspruit wildlife estate, Hoedspruit, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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#1 of 1 boutique hotel in Hoedspruit
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Concierge
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms
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Marta R wrote a review Mar 2020
Almada, Portugal
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It's like a home away. They make us feel at home, with all the care they take. They give us privacy but at the same time they provide all the information and have every care to make the experience unforgettable.
Maria and Reinhardt cooked for me everyday. Im vegetarian and all the meals were like.. eat on the best restaurant in the world. They never repeat a dish, with so much flavour, textures and smells.
I felt so safe there. I travelled alone, and that week was one of the best of my life.
The animals on the wildlife reserve are a bonus, a beautiful bonus.
I will certainly return, I miss you a lot!
thank you for all the care, i felt so spoiled. Thank you again, miss you! with Love, Marta
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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snikol295134 wrote a review Jan 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very comfortable and relaxing lodge.European class of Interior and exterior design. The owners are masters in hospitality . Tasty food and sense for details . The estate is very well maintained and within a short drive or walk the visitors can enjoy the nature and see lots of game. Close proximity to the town and not to far from Orpen gate of the Kruger park, where a daily self-safari trips could be arranged.
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Bharat C wrote a review Dec 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed to Rafiki November 22 and would recommend it to anyone. Reinhardt and Maria were excellent host and couldn't do enough to make us welcome and feel at home. Everything was well planned for our stay - Reinhardt would take us out on various treks into the wildlife reserve and with his expert knowledge and instinct - found all the big five and more. Marie and Lasan (their helper) always gave us a warm welcome (as did the couple's little girl whose name I forgot) when we came back from a trek. The food was amazing and attentiveness outstanding. Everything was well organised by Reinhardt right from being picked up from Joburg to being dropped off. We wish them all the success in their wonderful venture and lifestyle. Bharat & Mina
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Madimpe2031 wrote a review Feb 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really loved our stay at the Rafiki Bush lodge. T
he room was clean, we really enjoy the big and spacious bath tub
The bed was big, clean and comfortable. Maria was sweet and friendly
The food served was scrimptions, no need to eat out
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Date of stay: January 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Be C wrote a review Aug 2023
Ile-de-France, France
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: August 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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dmclark2016 wrote a review Sept 2023
Georgetown, Florida
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Maps775426 wrote a review Oct 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ipfimulaudz wrote a review Dec 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were looking for a place for our anniversary and Rafiki bush lodge put together a package suitable for that with spa treatment and game drives. From checking in, we got there late but they patiently waited for us and made sure that our dinner is ready after we finished checking in. Marianne and her husband are very good hosts. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: November 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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ldiale315906 wrote a review Jun 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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pmutha236896 wrote a review Apr 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our stay at Rafiki. A beautiful place for a getaway.
The host was friendly.
The food was delicious, and I liked the fact that they cater to your diet requirements.
We also went for a game drive which was beautiful experience as well.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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BrenoGSilveira asked a question Dec 2019
Brasilia, DF
Os game drives estao incluidos ?
Answer from Rafiki Bush Lodge
1 contribution
Dear Breno, Thank you for your message. The game drives are extra and we offer Kruger safaris and private reserve safaris. Please email us for prices. Regards, Maria Du Plessis
Cecilia M wrote a tip Aug 2019
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa10 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms are private and beautifully decorated but the premiere suite has a spacious bathroom and loads of cupboard space."
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Michael Crofton wrote a tip Mar 2019
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable!"
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PRICE RANGE
R 2,630 - R 3,174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKruger National ParkHoedspruit
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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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.
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