My Boyfriend and I spent only one night at Rafiki but would have loved to stay longer. We already had paid for other nights at different hotels when we came upon Rafiki in the forums here on trip advisor. We decided that we just HAD to give it a try. From the moment we got there we felt like family. There was food and drink put in front of us within 10 minutes and an adorably friendly little terrier named Norman. The staff is lovely and welcoming and take wonderful care of the property. We arrived in the after noon and just decided to take that day to explore the grounds (which are gorgeous) and hope for some wildlife. We sat on the rocking chairs of our porch and were just in awe of the view. We saw 2 toucans flying right by each other! I am terrified of snakes, and luckily I didn't see any but I am certain they were there. We went swimming and I had a blast watching my boyfriend go down that slide. It is incredibly fast and even cuter is the fact that Norman the dog runs down in tandem. I really got the sense that we were in the middle of nowhere. There were only a few other rooms/tents being occupied which was amazing. The bathroom in the room is huge and very clean. You need flashlights to get back to your tent and it is just silent and peacful. That night we had a lovely dinner in the main open air lodge. There was a sense of calm that I had never experienced before and the food was AMAZING. Every meal we had there was great. The next morning we were both so excited to do the "Ultimate Safari adventure" that we were up before the sun even rose. We had a short hike, which was a nice way to get the blood pumping, and then mounted our horses for a ride to the put-in on the river. My horse was kind of lazy, but sweet nonetheless. Mechas, our guide was great. He made us feel safe and pointed out all the fauna along the way. We then had an awesome rafting trip down the Savegre river in the pouring rain. We did flip, which was not so fun and quite scary, but it happened in the first 10 minutes and then we were on our game for the rest of the trip. When we stopped for lunch, I expected to be eating on a rock down by the river, but to my surprise Constant had set up a lovely, candle lit lunch in a wooded area for us to stay dry. It was these touches that made rafiki so special and well worth the rocky drive. We both agreed that of all the places we stayed this was the most personal experience. The only thing that I would do differently is extend my stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rafiki is a sustainable adventure lodge located in the Savegre Valley of Costa Rica. The lodge sits on 840 acres of tropical forest. Rafiki specializes in custom white water rafting, horseback riding and hiking trips. Guests sleep in imported luxury Safari Tents which feature hydro electric fans and lights. Each tent sits on a raised hardwood platform, has a deluxe bathroom with glass showers heated with fire. The units also have a private porch with rocking chairs looking over the Savegre Valley. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rafiki Safari Hotel Province Of Puntarenas
- Rafiki Safari Lodge Costa Rica/Province Of Puntarenas