Rafiki Safari Lodge was the perfect fit for our family. It is in a remote setting (we were certainly greatful for the little Rafiki signs on the road in to show us that we were still on the right road) but once you get there you are in a perfect spot to unwind, get a way from it all and relax.
We stayed there with our two boys (aged 11 and 13) in July of 2013.
We liked our tent with it's bathroom. I'm not great with bugs and was expecting to have to deal with spiders etc but we really didn't have a problem. The tent has a ceiling fan (don't think camping!) which was really nice and helped to keep things cool, and we were fortunate to have a view of the lake with its resident Cayman. We spent hours on our verandah, and on the verandah of the open sided restaurant watching the birds, iguanas, etc
The owners/staff are very friendly and helpful so we felt comfortable from the moment we arrived. We had a great time with the planned activities and enjoyed coming back from them in the early afternoon to relax with a book, swim in the pool and hot tub,or play on the insane water slide. The hotel also arranged for a lady to come from the local village to give me a chocolate massage. I lay on a table on the verandah of one of the unoccupied tents (surrounded by trees, listening to crickets, frogs, birds etc) while she gave me a chocolate body scrub, applied a chocolate mask and wrapped me in seran wrap for 20 minutes (during which time she massaged my scalp) and then finished with a chocolate oil massage. It was two and a half hours of absolute chocolatey bliss after which I was so relaxed I could barely make it back to my own tent!
While we were there we also went white water rafting (our boys rode horses to the put in point) while my husband and i chose to ride in the Rafiki vehicle. We stopped on the way to take photos of a sloth and some tucans. Our guide, Chookie, was awesome! The river is only a 2-3 and my husband who has rafted before was sceptical of what he called "a float trip!". Chookie made it quite the adventure and we all had a blast. We stopped part way down for a great lunch (with star fruit juice, which is delicious)at a look out point on Rafiki land, and then again a little later for a very short hike to swim under a waterfall.
We had Chookie again the next day for the Aqua Hike. This was another really well planned activity. The hike has some hills, but our guide was great at stopping to point out a cinnamon tree, or ylang ylang flower, or a type of ant etc all along the way so I never got to the point where I was too out of breath. Our youngest son is, we've decided, part fish and likes to swim at every opportunity. Chookie was amazing, and spent time helping him climb safely to points on waterfalls that he could jump off.
As you can tell, we loved our time at Rafiki and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from the crowds and really enjoy Costa Rica's natural beauty.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Rafiki Safari Hotel Province Of Puntarenas
- Rafiki Safari Lodge Costa Rica/Province Of Puntarenas