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Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Ranked #8 of 69 Speciality Lodging in Moshi
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

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.

Room Tip: I didn't get to see all the rooms but there doesn't seem to be much difference between them...
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

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!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Stayed: January 2017, travelled with friends
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Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse

Address: Uru Road | Rau, Moshi, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Kilimanjaro Region > Moshi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 69 Speciality Lodging in Moshi
Price Range: £8 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse a true place for friends like YOU, that's why we named it rafiki, the swahili word for friend. We are situated in the more sophisticated Old Moshi. Within a 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes taxi drive you can easily reach the city centre with it's markets, shops, bars and restaurants without giving up on a good and quiet night sleep. We offer you everything you need to make your stay in Moshi enjoyable and one of a kind: - Hot showers - Free WiFi - Common living area - TV, books and DVDs - Games and Cards - Free breakfast - Free laundry - Free fridge and kitchen usage - Security service - Towel Rental (1 USD rent, 5 USD deposit) - Free linen - Cosy bar opposite to the Backpackers & Guesthouse - local store and fruit stalls within 2 minutes reach - In-house tour operator - Viva Africa Tours - for day tours, safaris, Kilimanjaro trekking ... more   less 
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