Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse

Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse

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4.5
#5 of 40 hostels in Moshi
Location
4.1
Cleanliness
4.7
Service
4.7
Value
4.7
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
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Wifi
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Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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English, Swahili
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Marc L wrote a review Oct 2020
19 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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WJMcCr8 wrote a review Sep 2018
Belfast, United Kingdom39 contributions60 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 in the room and in the common areas. A short 10 minute drive or 25 minute walk to the town of Moshi. Nice restaurant next door to the guesthouse.
I done the Machame route up Kilimanjaro with the hotel which was fantastic, Viva Africa Tours is owned by the same people who run the hotel.
Would recommend to stay here if in Moshi and hiking Mount Kilimanjaro.
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Date of stay: October 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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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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si0bhanwalsh wrote a review Jun 2017
Melbourne, Australia13 contributions27 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 3 nights and absolutely loved it. Found the staff very friendly and helpful. We organised a day trip through the hostel and our accommodation for when we left Moshi. The staff would organise a taxi to bring us into town and home each evening. They offered a great free breakfast, free laundry service and free wifi!
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from rafikibackpackers, Guest Relations Manager at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Responded Jun 10, 2017
Hi si0bhanwalsh, Thank you for your remarkable review! I am so glad that you liked and enjoyed your stay. The whole entire team of Rafiki backpackers will surely remember you! Wish you all the best and hope some days you will be back! All the best Florence on behalf of all the entire team of Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
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Johannes S wrote a review Feb 2022
Innsbruck, Austria9 contributions6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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S W wrote a review Jun 2016
Ottawa, Canada3 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here with a friend of mine. We got a dorm room for 4 but were the only two people in there. Another friend decided late in the evening to join us so I informed a staff member that our friend would be coming and that he would arrive late, and would stay in our dorm with us (and pay obviously). When he arrived at the gate he was told it was a mzungu place and he couldn't come in. I informed the guard and staff member that he was my friend, the one I had mentioned. They reluctantly let him in after a bit of an argument. I guess I had failed to mention earlier that he was Tanzanian since I didn't think it was important as we are in Tanzania and all. Horrible that a person from here should feel like a foreigner in their own country and have to go through an argument to be let into an establishment. Plus the breakfast was boring. Go to Zebra.
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from rafikibackpackers, Guest Relations Manager at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Responded Jul 3, 2016
Dear S W, thank you for staying with us during your time in Moshi, although it wasn’t the most pleasant stay for you. To be quite honest I don’t know where to start and how to explain to you why we have certain policies, that might seem unfair to you. Before I go into the detail, I would like to give you my apology and regrets, that your friend was only let in after a long discussion. This should have not happened as he was part of your group. I talked to our security guard about your case and made sure it wouldn't happen again in the furture. Yes, we have a policy that we don’t host local people. Are we therefore racist? No! You might have experienced it during your travels as well that there are a lot of people trying to sell you things. There is also unfortunately a lot of Tanzanians that try to take advantage of travellers. We run a backpackers for foreign travellers, with the standards in facilities that are designed for them. Therefore our safety standards are also designed for these travellers and we want to make sure that our hostel is a haven, where you guys can relax after a busy day in town. At the end of the day this is your home away from home. Nonetheless there should have been no argument at the gate as your friend was part of your group. I can again only apologise for that again! I am sorry that you didn't enjoy our free breakfast. We will discuss it in our team meeting on Monday if we can add something to it to spice it up a little. However this is a free breakfast included in a budget accommodation for a very reduced rate and we also include free washing, wifi and hot showers in our rate, so it’ll be hard to compare it to a hotel’s breakfast. We always thought toast, different styled eggs, jam, peanut butter, honey and coffee and tea is sufficient enough for a good start into the day. But we do listen to your opinion and will do our best to apply changes and add seasonal fruits to the breakfast plate. If you ever come back to Tanzania give us a second chance! We wish you safe travels! Best regards Stephanie on behalf of the whole Rafiki Backpackers team
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Sarah M wrote a review Aug 2012
Sydney, Australia58 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a great find - I was absolutely blown away by the hospitality of the two managers! Alfred was an absolute super star, picking us up from the bus station and helping us book our onward tickets, while Freya treated me like a good friend rather than a guest. We were upgraded from the standard dorm to a triple room with no extra charge as it was empty, which felt like luxury after our killer bus ride.
The kitchen is massive and well equipped, the bedrooms were lovely and clean [no mosquito nets over the beds, but the windows have them], HOT showers! and a wonderful free laundry service which was VERY appreciated after being in semi-rural Rwanda for a week! They also run a small travel agency and managed to sort us out with a hike on the steppes of Kilimanjaro just outside of the park boundaries [and thus much cheaper], which was superb. There's also a great little bar/restaurant in the gardens of the museum across the street which seems to attract all the volunteers in Moshi!
The only nuisances were that it is a bit of a pain to get to by yourself if you're new to the city, and the door would generally be locked if no one was around or awake - which is understandable, but we had no access to the key which made for a very awkward early morning departure! Nonetheless, I'd recommend this place to anyone headed to Moshi.
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Date of stay: August 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: I didn't get to see all the rooms but there doesn't seem to be much difference between...
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pjlrst wrote a review May 2012
Chicago, IL31 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Rafiki Backpackers is located a few kilometers outside of Moshi town, but in walking distance if you don't mind a 20 minute walk. Rooms (both common rooms and sleeping rooms) are very clean! A self-catering kitchen is included which is why we picked it. Be sure to load up on groceries at the local market (only 4000Tsh if you don't want the walk) but there are several small shops close by if you forget something basic. Laundry is included. And it's possible to buy time on an internet stick to use the internet from your laptop.

There are comfy couches and a tv with some dvd's available as well as a tasty local restaurant two houses down. We're regrouping from a month of heavy travel and preparing for our Kili climb -- great spot for it!

I highly recommend Rafiki. Prices are reasonable and amenities are an excellent value.

The only negative, the place isn't well signed en route from Moshi. The directions they provide are accurate, however, so don't be discouraged if you don't see any mention of Rafiki until you're at the door! It's worth the hunt!
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Date of stay: May 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Annie M wrote a review Sep 2018
Brighton84 contributions54 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Rafiki guesthouse after our Kilimanjaro trek. The place is a little out of town but it’s really lovely. You can easily get into town by walking or a short taxi ride. Breakfast really good. There is a nice roof terrace, if it is a clear day there are great views of Kilimanjaro. The staff are lovely. Agnes was so helpful and friendly.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from rafikibackpackers, Guest Relations Manager at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Responded Sep 2, 2018
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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RainerKuetterer wrote a review Aug 2018
Berlin, Germany19 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is no Dalladalla to Marangu" This is what they told us, so they could sell their own tours. If you go down to the main road, there are dalladallas to Marangu every few minutes.Son´t believe what they tell you. Better count on the information of other travellers and local people.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Tanzania Indigo Bird's Adventures wrote a review Oct 2017
9 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I really like the place for good accommodation. The budget planed suit our family vocation.
Best place to have flat to stay in moshi.
The food is really nice and people are really friendly.
Thanks R.B
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from rafikibackpackers, Front Office Manager at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Responded Oct 10, 2017
Hi John D , Thank you for your remarkable review! I am so glad that you liked and enjoyed your stay. The whole entire team of Rafiki backpackers will surely remember you! Wish you all the best and hope some days you will be back! All the best Mariam on behalf of all the entire team of Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
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Moshi, Tanzania9 contributions
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
Alina M wrote a tip Sep 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"privet rooms"
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Hannah wrote a tip Dec 2019
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We bought out a room for 6 people for the 5 of us so that we would not have one random stranger with us."
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Sabo wrote a tip Nov 2019
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"stayed in privet room"
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andreawilliams70 wrote a tip Aug 2017
Chicago, Illinois1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"excellent roof top terrace"
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Stsyce N wrote a tip Aug 2017
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best place for climbers"
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$24 - $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Joining Safaris (1.2 miles), Chief's Tours (2.1 miles), and Kilimanjaro Climb For Charity (1.2 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.
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