We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save
You added Rafiki Safari Lodge to your Saves list
2.5 of 5 Lodge   |   16 Km from Pacific Coastal highway, Rio Savegre, Costa Rica
Hotel amenities
Rafiki Safari Lodge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Province of Puntarenas
Check In Check Out
Write a Review

219 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    200
    15
    4
    0
    0
See reviews for
83
67
3
1
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (33)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (219)
  • Mar-May only
    (56)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (78)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (37)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (48)
All months
Madison
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
8 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a long, twisty bus ride to reach Rafiki, but our tour group found this lodge amazing. The South African family who homesteaded this spot started with a small dairy farm. Carlo, the son who runs Rafiki, gave a fascinating description of the difficult early years. When fishermen began arriving to fish the nearby Savegre River, they began providing... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cannot recommend this place enough! We booked the honeymoon suite for kicks, though we are not honeymooning and fell in love with the family that manages the property. We did white water rafting with Kenny which was mind blowing with a waterfall swim. Kenny was also our bartender the night we arrived, serving up amazing rum cocktails. The temperature... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We went to the Rafiki Safari Lodge for a White River Rafting activity. We saw the facilities and it's great. Yes, it's really far from the main road, about 30 minutes drive on a rocky road, but it's worth the drive. The Rafting was my highlight of my vacations in Costa Rica. The guides were good, funny, and also made... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We had a wonderful stay here. Though it was short (only one day) we managed to get a real "jungle experience" which was just perfect for our 10 year old. From spying the caiman in the lake underneath our "tent" to horse-riding up the hill (with the wonderful Randal), to white water rafting (with the wonderful Kenny) to eating the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We took the safarito package to Rafiki Safari Lodge. It was THE BEST!!! The view from the lodge is amazing, the guides were great and we not only had fun doing white water rafting but also learned about the animals and plants. The food and hospitality were the best we experienced. It was the highlight of our trip to Costa... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
49 hotel reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We had a lot of fun adventures in Costa Rica, but the rafting tour on the Savegre River was my favorite because we also experienced the warm hospitality of Rafiki Safari Lodge. The owners "get it" that the road is an adventure by itself. Along the way there are signs like "You are not lost" and "almost there." Plan on... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Milton, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The comfortable tent comes with luxurious bathroom and spacious covered porch; excellent meals and well-stocked bar at the nearby main house, which overlooks a beautiful landscape filled with gardens and birds. Hummingbirds galore! The nearby whitewater rafting on the Savegre River was SUPER fun, with a stop at a waterfall for a backrub! Could it be better? Yes, to know... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The accomodation is fairly basic, but with electricity a built-in shower and hot water - pretty posh for a tent! The grounds are fantastic - with exotic flora and birds in abundance. The lodge itself, with thatched roof and open-to-the-elements dining and bar area, provides a breath-taking view across the lake with the mountains as a backdrop. We went for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tarpon Springs, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Very cool accommodations. The real Costa Rica. Water slide is a hoot. Great hospitality and amazing views. You can easily spend 3-4 days here. The food was great and the number of activities that are available are great.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
warby007
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Well as a family Rafiki Safari Lodge lived up to our excitement and expectations. The surroundings were wonderful and the hospitality and food were excellent. We stayed in Tent 1 which I would highly recommend with a view over the water to dream about. We stayed for 2 nights. The first day we all went white water rafting, my daughter... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question
Owners: What's your side of the story?
Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.
Manage your listing

Been to Rafiki Safari Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Rafiki Safari Lodge

Address: 16 Km from Pacific Coastal highway, Rio Savegre, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rafiki Safari Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Rafiki Safari Hotel Province Of Puntarenas
Rafiki Safari Lodge Costa Rica/Province Of Puntarenas

210 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (206)
Viewed
View from room (12)
Viewed
Room/suite (10)
Viewed
Bathroom (4)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (52)
Viewed
Business center/function rooms (2)
Viewed
Family/play areas (4)
Viewed
Dining (11)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (15)
Viewed
Other (96)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (5)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (2)
Viewed
Other (2)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay

Near Rafiki Safari Lodge

Enlarge Map
Top-rated Restaurants Nearby
Top-rated Attractions Nearby