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Rafiki Backpackers

Uru Road | Rau, Moshi, Tanzania
Rafiki Backpackers
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bethel, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent facility for a group of students--safe, clean, great front desk help. I was not planning on a group night in Moshi, but the front desk made all details work seamlessly. I will return to this hostel next year.

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rafikibackpackers, Manager at Rafiki Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sara S, thank you for taking the time to recommend rafiki backpackers to other travellers and especially other teachers. :) We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us this much and guess what? We also can't wait until you return next year. It was a pleasure to accommodate you as a group! All the best from Moshi... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I stayed at Rafiki for 6 days. Great place, safe, friendly staff and very clean. Perfectly located just outside Moshi, now traffic and great bar next door. I would recommend this place to anyone,you can do daily excursions or just hang-out before a potential Kili-climb. The owner Alfred and the manager Stephanie is also super nice!

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rafikibackpackers, Manager at Rafiki Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Carlmarathon, thank you for to taking the time to review your stay at rafiki backpackers. We are extremely happy that you enjoyed everything from the place to the bar and staff. Thank you for all your warm words, this really is the best motivation for us. We hope to welcome you again next year for the new edition of... More 

Yadkinville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I rented a room in the private home of Freddie (Alfred) and Stephanie, and really enjoyed my stay there. I had much privacy, and yet when they were there, I was welcomed to join them in watching a movie, or sharing in a meal. I had access to the kitchen (even though I did very little cooking). The location was... More 

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rafikibackpackers, Manager at Rafiki Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi DebCat2013, thank you for writing a review about your stay with us. We are more than happy that you enjoyed your 4 weeks with us and liked the balance between privacy and company. We also enjoyed having you as our "room mate". You are always warmly welcome to return to your Moshi home! Enjoy your further travels around Tanzania!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Really nice hostel with very helpfull staff. Location is a little bit outside of centre.. but on the other side, therefore it's good to relax... and just in front of the hostel is a bar which also serves good food. I was there more than once;) ..

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rafikibackpackers, Manager at Rafiki Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi ameliham, thank you for reviewing us and sharing your opinion about rafiki backpackers with the TripAdvisor community. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. After a bustling day in town, you are right rafiki backpackers is the right place to relax and unwind. We are very glad that you also felt this way! We hope... More 

Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I had a great time in the Rafiki! Nice, big and clean rooms, wifi, good working showers, you name it... All the staff is really lovely, Scola even does the laundry for free! Brilliant when you arrive exhausted after a Kilimanjaro-Tour or a safari! I booked a camping safari at the hostel with their own Viva Africa Tours and it... More 

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rafikibackpackers, Manager at Rafiki Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Claudia_Berlin123, thank you for your lovely review and warm words about rafiki backpackers. We really enjoyed having you stay with us for such a long time. Don't forget your second home and return someday! Enjoy the rest of your travels! All the best from Moshi, Alfred and Stephanie More 

Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

i spend 10 days at rafiki. i did the Kilitour and the Safari from there. Alfred organized everthing, and it was amazing!! Alfred and Stephanie are very helpful. The atmosphere is very relaxed, all activitis for Tansania can be organised from there.!! I will go bach there definitely soon!!

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rafikibackpackers, Manager at Rafiki Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Kenny L, thank you very much for your time to review rafiki backpackers. We are very happy that you enjoyed your Kili trek and the safari with our operator Viva Africa Tours. Alfred and I, will be very happy, if you do come back very soon. Until then be safe and maybe see you in Europe this spring! All... More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Rafiki means friend in Swahili - I couldn't think of a more appropriate name for this Hostel. The owners (Steph and Freddy) are incredibly friendly and kind. I lived at an orphanage a 2 minute walk away and had many friends living at Rafiki. Even though I wasn't paying for a room, the owners would let me come over to... More 

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rafikibackpackers, Manager at Rafiki Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Alex C, wow, thank you so much for your review. We are very happy that you, even if you didn't stay with us, spread some rafiki loving. We highly appreciate it! It was our pleasure to help you wherever we could. It puts a big smile on our face, that it made you very happy and welcome at rafiki... More 

Jesus Pobre, Spain
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I stayed at Rafiki Backpackers during December '14 and January '15 and was made to feel home from the 1st day. Stefanie and Alfred go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. It is situated a little bit out of town but the walk is ok and takes about 25 minutes. Across the road is a nice bar... More 

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rafikibackpackers, Manager at Rafiki Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi jjulia12, thank you for taking the time to share your experience at rafiki backpackers with the TripAdvisor community. We always appreciate it a lot! Your positive words about your 2 months with us really warm our hearts. You became a part of the rafiki family and especially after such a long time it is extra when people leave again.... More 

Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Stayed at Rafiki's after my Kilimanjaro trip, with me friend, and it was totally relaxing with a chilled vibe. Breakfast in the morning was good - home made omelettes very tasty! Free washing! Great after a big hike! Stephanie made you feel welcome - informative not only with tours but local knowledge. The backpackers is yours to just be at... More 

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rafikibackpackers, Manager at Rafiki Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Saraheturner70, thank you so much for your warm words about your stay at rafiki backpackers. I passed on your compliments about the breakfast and omelette to Scola. You made her very happy! And thank you about your kind words about my local knowledge, I keep trying and improving every day to give you and fellow travellers the best time... More 

Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I stayed at Rafiki's for almost 2 weeks and I can highly recommend it. The staff is really friendly and made me feel welcome, rooms are cleaned every day and the hostel is located in a nice and quiet neighborhood. What is also great, is that you can book the tours from Viva Africa Tours directly in the hostel. For... More 

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rafikibackpackers, Manager at Rafiki Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Kimmus11, thank you for sharing your experience with the TripAdvisor community. We loved having you around for such a long time. You are more than welcome for the tours, it was our pleasure to show you the beauties of Tanzania's national parks. Please come back again soon. Maybe next time with your family? Cheers, Stephanie More 

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