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Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse

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Uru Road Rau, Moshi Tanzania
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#9 of 125 Specialty lodging in Moshi
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4.1
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4.7
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Cosy and safe – awarded “Best Hostel in Tanzania 2015 & 2016” (Hostelworld) – that’s Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse. The name rafiki means friend in Ki-Swahili and as such you shall feel from arrival to departure and beyond (if you wish!). Since February 2012, we welcome globetrotters, adventurers, mountain climbers and volunteers from all around the world in our petit 12 rooms budget accommodation in Moshi Tanzania. Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse provides rooms for any budget and any traveller: From mixed dormitory rooms (4 and 6) to private triple, double, twin and single rooms, we got you covered. Located in the green, idyllic neighbourhood of Rau on the outskirts of Moshi, you can easily reach the town center within a 25 minutes walk or 5 minutes taxi drive. The choice is yours! We offer free wi-fi and free pick-up service from the city center on arrival. Opposite to our place you can find the restaurant and bar Uhuru Museum, where you can eat a lot for little money and chat the night away (over a cold drink or two!) with fellow travellers. A backpackers’ favourites: Free breakfast (07:30 bis 10:00am) for the perfect start into your vacation day. The communal living room, with its sofas, TV / DVD, books exchange, computer corner and board games, invites you to linger and relax. Other pay services are our airport transfer, towel rental and Kilimanjaro treks, safaris and day trips around Moshi. You can book the tours directly with your booking via email or at the front desk on arrival.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
Hiking
Books, DVDs, music for children
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Secured parking
Wifi
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English, Swahili
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leandro p wrote a review May 2022
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Very clean rooms, friendly and helpful staff and found this pace very peaceful and the Wifi was good, there is vegetarian food also shout out to the kitchen staff, they also recommended me to eat pilau and it was very good so I will recommend you to try this dish while you are there.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Hi Leandro, Thanks a lot for your amazing words.
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Johannes S wrote a review Feb 2022
Innsbruck, Austria8 contributions5 helpful votes
If you're lucky you get hot water. Be aware of buying any tour there, they just look for commission and want only your money and therefore give you false information. Bad experience, we felt like a walking wallet. We also left our backpackers there before traveling and someone opens it. At the moment I don't know if anything is missing.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Aneta B wrote a review Jan 2021
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This rafiki hostel is really really nice! The name means friend! That's really true! Everybody here are friendly and helpful! The view of Kilimanjaro is amazing! I can really recommend that! Agnes is nice person!Asante guys! Peter, Anet, Láďa
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Marc L wrote a review Oct 2020
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Before and after a 8 day safari and the Kili ascent, we spent a few days at rafiki guest house. Such a cool place to enjoy sun set in front of Kilimanjaro. Team is at the top, very cool and very helpfull at the same time, make you feel at home. Alfred, the owner, is (as told by guys we met during our 17 day holiday with rafiki & VivaAfrica) very appreciated by the staff and guides, this must be noted as one of the reason you'll find such welcoming team when you arrive. Serengeti is such a fabulous place that we'll have to come and see it again at a different period and for a longer period. When we come back, we already know where we'll stay in Moshi :-)
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Alina M wrote a review Sep 2020
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Rafiki backpackers if perfect palace to stay,before and after climbing Kilimanjaro very clean, friendly stuff and good location with nice view of kilimanjaro at the roof top, it was my second time staying with them.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Traveler_684 wrote a review Dec 2019
Nuuuli, American Samoa77 contributions60 helpful votes
Very nice hostel. Well kept rooms and bathrooms. Beautiful communal space and big kitchen with a rooftop hangout spot with the perfect view of Mt Kilimanjaro. Very friendly staff who are warm and helpful ar fulfilling all needs. Breakfast is free- eggs, toast and coffee or tea. The reason Im giving 4 instead of 5 is for two reasons: 1. the hot water heaters are very small and are barely enough to handle one shower. this normally wouldn't be an issue for me except after climbing mt. kilimanjaro I was really looking forward to a hot shower. and 2. they advertise as having a restaurant but the only thing i was able to actually order were the chicken and fries and samosas which came out of the freezer. I came during a slow off-season week so perhaps they are more fully stocked and operational during the busy months. The hostel is a bit out of the way of downtown and off a main road so there aren't many nearby food options which is why I was disappointed with their "restaurant." These are all in all very small complaints compared to the bigger picture and I would still recommend this hostel to other travelers, just make sure you stop at the market on the way there 😉
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Hannah wrote a review Dec 2019
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A group of friends and I stayed here for one night after a one day Kilimanjaro hike. We then headed to the hot springs the next day. We got in late after dinner and were able to settle into the room. I have stayed in a variety of hostels and this one is on par with many you'd find in Europe. It was clean (although I always travel with my own sleeping bag liner sheet) and we absolutely felt safe. The next morning we headed upstairs to see what breakfast would look like and were pleasantly surprised to find that a lovely woman was there making eggs to order, toast, and fruit for each person. We were the only ones at that time and so we did not have to wait very long at all for our food. The breakfast was delicious! It completely exceeded expectations and we were only sad that we could not see Kilimanjaro from the roof because it was cloudy. Other than that the 5 of us had a great one night stay.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Hi Hannah, Thanks for your amazing review! With Kindest Regards Rafiki Backpackers Team.
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Sabo wrote a review Nov 2019
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Rafiki backpackers if perfect palace to stay, very clean, friendly stuff and good location with nice view of kilimanjaro at the roof top, they also organise the tour, during my stay two years ago i got to know they had a tour company, beginning of this year i decided to book the Kilimanjaro trek for october. i will come back again
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from rafikibackpackers, Guest Relations Manager at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Responded Nov 27, 2019
Thank you so much, we appreciate your kind words. Looking forward to seeing you again! Asante sana!
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nigel l wrote a review Mar 2019
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The stay was great. The rooms were clean and the staff were helpful. Breakfast was superb and having morning coffee with a clear view of Mt Kilimanjaro was a plus. If you're looking to find budget accommodation in Moshi, Rafiki is worth it and exceeds expectations
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Nov 27, 2019
Thank you so much, we appreciate your kind words. Looking forward to seeing you again! Asante sana!
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Tori D wrote a review Mar 2019
Chicago, Illinois2 contributions
Durning our stay it wasn't crowded so the common area was was cozy to stay and hang out in! Staff was always making sure we were having a nice time and helped us with our tours and rides places! The bar next door is really cool to hang out at & the food was 5 stars!
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Thank you so much, we appreciate your kind words. Looking forward to seeing you again! Asante sana!
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PRICE RANGE
$35 - $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaKilimanjaro RegionMoshi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Kilimanjaro Climb For Charity (1.2 miles), Mama Africa Giftshop (1.7 miles), and Art Treasure (1.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kuonana, Milan's Restaurant, and More Than A Drop Restaurant.
Does Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse have airport transportation?
Yes, Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.