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“A fantastic holiday”
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Breakfast at Rafiki's Resthouse. Back verandah. Private.
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Breakfast at Rafiki's Resthouse. Back verandah. Private.
Entrance side. Video lounge upstairs
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Breakfast at Rafiki's Resthouse. Back verandah. Private.
Entrance side.
Video lounge upstairs
Downstairs terrace and splash pool
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Kudu
Rural Africa bedroom
Guest bathroom, toilet and shower
Bird Lovers' bedroom, en suite
Vervet monkeys appreciating the fresh water
Warthog family
Our garden brings shade
At the fence, playing elephants
At the fence, rhino breakfast meeting
Buffalo herd at river
Lion kill buffalo
Fish eagles, 2 mins from our house
Visiting giraffes
Safari at your doorstep
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Manor House -
4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Marloth Park, Mpumalanga

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Marianne...
1 review
“A fantastic holiday”
Reviewed 28 August 2018 for a stay in July 2018

This summer we went to South Africa for the first time and we wanted to stay nearby the Kruger Park as our goal was to experience the wild life of Africa. Luckily we found Rafikis in Marloth Park where we stayed for 13 fantastic days.
When we arrived we got a warm welcome from both Gerda (the owner) and Betty (the housekeeper) and we felt very welcome under the hole stay.
The house was really nice, with 2 bathrooms both with shower and the one had also a tup. In the kitchen we found everything we needed for our stay. As we were only 4 people we had plenty of room and Betty kept the place nice and clean with a smile and was generally very helpful.
The day we arrived Betty was ready with a lovely traditional dinner cooked on the outdoor fireplace/the boma on which we made a lovely barbecue more than once. We ate on the porch and sitting out there we got a lot of wonderful and amazing moments with the animals living in the park. The wild life in Marloth are rich and also you have all the sounds from Kruger - very exciting for a family from Denmark. Even though you can meet all kind of animals except for elephants in Marloth we felt very secure under our stay at Rafikis. Also Rafikis is situated near the gate to Marloth Park which is guarded 24/7.
Marloth is very close to Kruger only separated by Crocodile River and 15 minutes from Crocodile Gate by car so there are rich opportunities to go on safari. Also there are plenty of shopping possibilities and restaurants nearby Rafikis.
All in all we had the most fantastic holiday and would like to go back for sure :))

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Management Response
28 Aug 2018
Thank you so much for this lovely feedback and for taking the time to write this. I think the animals in the garden missed you terribly when you were gone :(. It was great meeting you and your family and see how much you all loved the wildlife. It would be fantastic if Rafiki's could welcome you again some day in the future. Gerda, Arno and Betty
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mldebeer
Durban, South Africa
1 review
“Incredible”
Reviewed 23 June 2018 for a stay in January 2018

My partner and I spend several incredible evenings here, watching the bush babies from less than a metre away! The unspoilt and quiet serenity of this gem in the bush is second to none. Easy to access by car yet right in the heart of the wild on the banks of the Crocodile river. We saw loads of large and small animals all within walking distance of the veranda. Definitely going back soon.

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Management Response
23 Jun 2018
Thank you so much for this review and we indeed hope to welcome you again very soon. It would be a real pleasure.
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Nomad7522...
1 review
“Where the wild comes to you”
Reviewed 25 January 2018 for a stay in December 2017

I had the great pleasure of visiting Rafiki's Resthouse over the Christmas break and what a break it was. The location was excellent and the vibe was chilled. Right next to the Crocodile river that passes through Kruger park, we had the opportunity to see and hear many big and small animals. If you simply sit on the terrace you will be visited by plenty of antelope, zebra, wildebeest, warthog and monkeys. We had quite the Safari experience just hanging out on that terrace! And we were very grateful to have Gerda there who knew about many of the activities in the area, how to get a bargain and of course her Dr Doolittle skills! We also had the great pleasure of meeting Betty who cooked and cleaned for us. Although your questions (no matter how unfunny) would almost certainly be met with Betty's raucous laughter, her smile would make you feel fortunate that she ever looked at you.
We had an excellent trip with tremendous hosts and an interaction with nature that will be hard to forget. I certainly recommend Rafiki's resthouse for anyone who is planning a holiday to see nature. I'll certainly be back soon!

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Management Response
27 Jan 2018
And we will be very happy to welcome you again in our animal world. I am sure that it was an unforgettable experience for the bush baby to hear opera in the bush. He certainly was looking up at you and listening. Magical! I had goosebumps!
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lizelleja...
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
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“Just what the Doctor ordered :)”
Reviewed 28 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017
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person found this review helpful

The house is lovely and Betty was a star. Gerda was so helpful and friendly. We had an amazing stay and will definitely be back. We would give them ten stars if we could. Thanks again to everyone at Rafiki's hope to see you soon.

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Management Response
1 Oct 2017
Thank you so much for taking the time to tell here how you felt about our place. It makes us truly happy that you had a great stay and I feel the same about the peace there : it is so relaxing that it heals body and soul. You were great guests and the animals loved you. Betty thanks you and sends her best wishes. We sincerely hope to be able to welcome you again. Gerda
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g0hjan
Singapore, Singapore
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“A home”
Reviewed 10 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Our very first experience in a bush villa - didn't know what to expect yet it met all our needs. Gerda was very helpful during our planning. Betty the housekeeper was a gem.

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Management Response
12 Jul 2017
Thank you and we are happy that you enjoyed your first safari experience. It was lovely to have your family as guests. We hope to be able to welcome you again. Warm regards from Gerda (and Betty).
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