We stayed at this house over the Easter period and truly enjoyed the space and the relaxing environment. When not going into Kruger we saw abundant game by the river just around the corner or in the garden. Seeing the animals so close by was a new and wonderful experience. The neighbour who had handed over the keys helped us out when we had a problem with the door. The pool man came around to ask whether we wanted the cover on or off. The cleaning lady came at our convenience so as not to disturb. We felt pampered without being disturbed. Thank you.
We booked for three nights and ended up staying a whole week as we decided to do day trips from there and come back to a relaxing familiar place in the evening.
Rafiki’s Resthouse was exactly what we were looking for : a place where we could unwind, watch animals without having to drive and listen to the sounds of nature while relaxing on the terrace.
The house is clean and stylish, the rooms large and the surrounding garden offers privacy. The first night we came back from the restaurant and there was a huge kudu male lying at the carport. It was other experiences like that that made us decide to stay. Although we have been going to Kruger for years and hardly ever miss a very early morning drive there, we only did that once from here. We preferred to walk to the river (just at the back of the large garden) and look for animals there. Hardly a day passed by that we did not see a herd of elephant, rhino, waterbuck and other animals. One morning, we got up at five to drive to Kruger (entrance is less than 15 mins away), but then we saw kudu, bushbuck and other animals in the garden and we stayed as we concluded we had had our safari. We did feed the animals with pellets from the shop and they seem to know that very quickly.
When we went to Kruger for an afternoon drive, we saw the big five in less than 2 hours … a nice reward for little effort.
As the house is self catering, it was also great that restaurants are close by, although when having a braai with friends, we heard so many sounds that we made a quiz out of it to identify the sounds. One was, according to a friend who used to be a guide for tourists in Namibia, definitely the kill of a buffalo by lions.
Another positive point : we like our place clean but we do not like staff around us. The cleaning is optional and to be paid directly by the guest, so we could agree with the cleaner that she came when we were not there.
I am not fond of using the expression ‘ a home away from home’ as we do not go on holiday to feel at home again, but I understood it here : we had everything we needed and in that environment we could enjoy what we like so much : privacy, comfort and nature. We fell in love with the place and will be back.
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