Rafiki means 'a friend' in Swahili. You might also know it from the film The Lion King where Rafiki is the name of the King's advisor.
The house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, divided over two floors.
Ground floor (no thatched ceiling): Two queen bedrooms (one en suite) and a common bathroom
First floor (thatched ceiling): Two bedrooms, one with two single beds and one queen bedroom en suite
View: side of garden
View: swimming pool
Bathroom: en suite
Bed: 1 queen and 1 single
View: driveway and side of garden
Bathroom: en suite
Bed: 2 single (3rd one under bed)
View: driveway and swimming pool
Both downstairs and upstairs there is an inside and outside sitting area (covered terrace).
Downstairs living room
We do advise to sit outside on the verandah, also for the meals, because the sounds of the bush are very interesting. Many guests have missed the animal visits because they were sitting inside.
Upstairs viewing deck
From the upstairs terrace, one has a nice view over the garden and the trees, but we prefer downstairs and a closer contact with the animals.
Upstairs sitting room
There is a video installation and a video library for those who want to watch films about Africa and the animals in Africa. Bird lovers will find quite a few films about birds.
Kitchen and dining table inside
The kitchen is fully equipped with utensils, fridge-freezer, microwave, oven, etc ... We rent out on a self catering basis. Outside normal cleaning hours and for an additional compensation, Betty can cook several dishes if the guests ask her to. Betty can also prepare traditional dishes. The guests buy the ingredients. Her different potjies (type of traditional stew) are very much appreciated.
Free Wifi is available in every room
We do have a strict non-smoking policy, i.e. no smoking inside the house.
Child policy : children are welcome and we also have a baby cot and high chair. Children should be supervised at all times because you are living in an area with wild animals.
There are mosquito nets in the cupboards, but we do not use them as we have mosquito screens everywhere. When doors are kept closed (especially when the lights are on at night) mosquitoes do not enter.
For insects and mosquitoes at night, one could use coils and citronella lamps for outside and plugs for inside. These can be bought at the shops in Marloth Park. To avoid disappointment, it is better to buy them yourselves as we cannot guarantee they stay in the house for the next guest.
"Enjoy your stay at Rafiki's Resthouse"