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Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse

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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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Breakfast included
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Airport transportation
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Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
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This hostel is the perfect Homebase for the climb. The organizer vivaafricatours.com is really good and professional. Also the connection to the city is easy by taxi (3$ and 10 min.). They have good and friendly personal that can help you with anything. The rooms and the
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Response from rafikibackpackers, Guest Relations Manager at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Responded Feb 7, 2019
Thank you so much for your great words for our place, We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your good experience with us. I on behalf of Rafiki Backpackers and Viva Africa Tours Team we count ourselves lucky for having a guest like you. We look forward to welcome you again in the future. Best Regards Agnes.
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Finding affordable lodging in Africa can be a great challenge. Most inexpensive lodges prove to be in less than favorable conditions. At Rafiki Backpacker's however, I found excellent service, operational bathroom and kitchen facilities, and a clean bedroom all for a very
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Response from rafikibackpackers, Guest Relations Manager at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Responded Dec 12, 2018
Thank you so much, and we all appreciating you for choosing our Hostel to spend your time while you was in Moshi On behalf of Viva Africa Tours and Rafiki Backpackers team I am dare to say that we were lucky to have you at our Hostel and we all miss you already Looking forward to see you next time for the full climb to Kilimanjaro With Warmly Regards Agnes.
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Arrived at hostel and the staff member showing us to our private room filmed us from a first person perspective. She filmed herself walking us to the room making sketchy faces at her phone as she raised it above her head to also include me and my fiancée and at times only us.
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Response from rafikibackpackers, Guest Relations Manager at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Responded Oct 31, 2018
Dear Trevor D, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your review ! First I would like to apologize for all the troubles and frustration you experienced during your stay with us. I want you to know that your feedback has given us a chance to resolve any problem that will occur and assist us in making our service better. We also observe some crucial information in your feedback concerning our staff and as well as our hostel, kindly I just want to insure you that, the management has already sort out the problem and something like this will never happen again. We are really sorry that we made you uncomfortable during your stay with us, Once again, Please accept our apologies for all the inconvenience we have caused for you and your fiancee during your stay with us, and we hope to offer you better service in the future. Best Regards Winnie on behalf of Rafiki Backpackers Team.
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Great place, exceeded my expectations. Clean, comfortable beds and overall nice atmosphere about the place. Staff very welcoming and friendly. Breakfast was very good, I arrived for breakfast late one day and they were more than happy to cook me up some breakfast. Good wifi
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Response from rafikibackpackers, Guest Relations Manager at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Responded Oct 31, 2018
Dear Williamjamesy, Thank you for your remarkable review! I am so glad that you liked and enjoyed your stay. It was our pleasure hosting you and it was a blessing having you around. And it is also a great pleasure knowing that you have enjoyed your Kilimanjaro trek with us. The whole entire team of Rafiki backpackers and Viva Africa Tours will surely remember you! Wish you all the best and hope some days you will be back! Best Regards Winnie on behalf of Rafiki Backpackers and Viva Africa Tours Team.
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Great stay with all the needed amenities. Breakfast is included with each night stay. Local tour guides to Mt. Kilimanjaro, multiple day safaris and local sceneries such as a local waterfall and coffee plantations.
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Response from rafikibackpackers, Guest Relations Manager at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Responded Oct 31, 2018
Dear mhildebrandt, Thank you so much for your kind words Annie, We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your good experience with us. I on behalf of Rafiki Backpackers Team we count ourselves lucky for having a guest like you. We look forward to welcome you again in the future. Best Regards Winnie.
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View of Kili from the roof
моши вид на гору килиманджаро
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Single / Double Room with Ensuite Bathroom for 34 USD per night
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Single / Double Room with Ensuite Bathroom for 34 USD per night
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Hello Martin, sorry for the delay of our response. I just discovered your question now. You have two options from Nairobi 1. Flight with Precision Air to Kilimanjaro Airport and from there book our pick up service (40 USD) 2. Shuttle bus. Either Impala Shuttle or Riverside Shuttle. The ride is around 6 hours from Nairobi. Price is between 35-40 USD per person. You will arrive in Moshi center and from there we can pick you up for free. If you have further questions, please let me know and I will be happy to help. Best regards Stephanie
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"excellent roof top terrace"
"Best place for climbers"
"Best view for mount Kilimanjaro"
"Bring earplugs. Rooms are loud. Might suggest padding the bottom of the chairs in the dining room."
"I would say any apart from the new room which kind of overlooks the bar - can be noisy there until the bar closes."
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PRICE RANGE
$12 - $32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaKilimanjaro RegionMoshi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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