Editor’s Review of Rafiki Safari Lodge
Not far from the monkeys and sloths of Manuel Antonio National Park, yet far away from the touristy feel of Quepos is one of the most unique lodgings in Costa Rica. Drive inland on the country's typical rutted roads, through fields of African palm trees, and your reward is the wonderful Rafiki Safari Lodge. Nestled deep in the verdant mountainside, the South African-born owners have created an upscale safari-style lodge like the ones found around South Africa's Kruger National Park. The lodge is perched on a hilltop, surrounded by 842 acres of jungle and little else.
The owners fell in love with the grounds and its potential to create a wildlife sanctuary. Toucans and monkeys can be spotted on the property, and the large
mammal, the tapir, is being reintroduced. In essence, they hope to create their own private game reserve in Central America. As soon as you arrive on the grounds, you're lost in the sounds of the jungle and far removed from the woes of modernity. This is a place to lose yourself in the environs and truly savor the pura vida, "the good life." less
Our Editor Loves
- Surrounded by wildlife and jungle
- Eco-friendly resort
- Rafting and kayaking
- Horseback Riding
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Laundry Service
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
Reviewed on 07/06/2016
If you are even questioning your decision.... STOP. This place is the BEST. Especially if you have a family. These guys take care of your every need and desire. Food and drinks are fantastic..... but it is the guides who truly ...
Read full review
As a TripAdvisor company, we searched 200+
sites to find the best
Enter dates for best prices
Compare best prices from the top travel sites
The 10 luxury tents were imported from South Africa and work well in the jungle. The large windows keep fresh air flowing through while the canvas walls keep the insects and other undesirables out. All of the tents are spacious, sleeping four comfortably with a double bed and two single beds, and a big outdoor patio to rock away the hours gazing at the mountains. Bathrooms are modern, with solar hot water for the showers. There are electrical outlets and lights in the tents, just don't expect a sterile hotel room with some commercial print on the walls. This is an eco-lodge, immersed deep in the forest, a place where the sounds of the jungle surround you.
All rooms are in close proximity to the restaurant in the main lodge building, which is nice at night when you're walking back under the stars. A flashlight is handed out to each family to make sure you can see where you're going.
There is a Family Tent available, which can accommodate up to five people and is set a little further away from the other tents. Along with the same amenities as the other tents, this unit includes its own private splash pool perfect for younger kids.
Other hotels you might like...