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Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse
Ranked #7 of 75 Speciality Lodging in Moshi
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Dang, what a wonderful place staffed with even better people. Whether it was the owner, Alfred, or his assistant, Stephanie, or the cleaning lady / cook, Isabel, Rafiki Backpackers was an awesome choice for those on budget yet hungry for adventure in the quiet town of Moshi. He gave us a great deal on double beds and included great breakfast in the morning, and arranged for us on the spot for a tour of the local village to make coffee on the mountain kilimanjaro, as well as a day hike the following day. The place was clean, toilets and hot showers, very safe (I left my camera out for a good amount of time and no one touched it) and so friendly. Alfred and Stephanie will join you out on the chairs to talk, or join at the bar across the street to chat until late at night. They are super inclusive, inviting us out to go to local bars. They also gave us directions and suggestions about town. Definitely check out Rafiki, rafiki means friend in Swahili and this place definitely made me feel like a friend and not just a tourist.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank leighlars
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rafikibackpackers, Manager at Rafiki Backpackers & Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2014

Hey Leigh,

wow, we are blushing and very happy that you enjoyed your time with us in Moshi that much. Isabella and I were reading the review together. Thank you Leigh for taking the time to share your experience with other travelers. If you ever come back to Moshi please visit and let's have a drink or two together. Enjoy the rest of your travels and stay safe!

Cheers,
Stephanie on behalf of the whole rafiki backpackers staff

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Reviewed 11 March 2014 via mobile

I was so happy I booked a room with Alfred and Rafiki Backpackers. I arrived after 24 hours by bus from Uganda at 7 am. Alfred picked up immediately and took no time coming to pick me up and drive me back to the hostel. He was the best host and I will recommend this to everyone staying in Moshi! :-)

Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
Thank Johanne Marie V
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We had a very nice hike to Kilimanjaro with Viva Africa Tours!
Before our hike, all our equipment were checked by the guides to make sure that we were ready to meet the roof of Africa. If we were missing something, they helped us to get additional gear.
The company provides good service, with great food and experienced guides that will take good care of you in the mountain! the same same it was with Safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

Stopped at Rafiki's while bussing from DAR to Nairobi. Alfred was awesome, he organised for someone to pick us up and also helped us book a shuttle for our journey the next day. The hostel itself was great. Located in a quieter neighbourhood it was just what we need after a long bus ride. We went on the coffee tour and waterfall hike, both were great and I would recommend them to others. There are two eating options nearby serving great food.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Poppie T
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

I stayed at Rafiki's and did a day tour of a Maasai Village and Chemka Springs. Alfred is incredibly friendly and organised my personalised tour very quickly. The staff here are always willing to help and make you feel at home at all times.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Bella8887
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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Booked Rafiki for the price but received so much more!. Rafiki is clean and Alfred and his staff are so friendly - I felt safe and looked after. While there, booked 2 day tours through Viva Africa tours via Alfred to Materuni Falls and Coffee farm and another day trip in Arusha park. ended up on the 4 Day safari and was so pleased - guide was fabulour - saw all Big 5 plus a ton more and the chef was great. Equipment was top notch. I would so book here again!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Leah W
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Rafiki is a very nice, clean and inexpensive place to stay in Moshi. We were only there for a couple nights but it was one of the best places we stayed in Tanzania. There is a really good restaurant right across the road that has a great atmosphere, food and drinks.

Furthermore, the owner, Alfred, is an awesome guy who was very accommodating, took us on a tour of a coffee plantation and to some waterfalls, and also provided several rides around Moshi for us. He even came out partying with us!

We could not have had a better time at rafiki!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank Ryan H
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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 #7 of 75 Speciality Lodging in Moshi
Price Range: £8 - £27 (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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