Relax and rejuvenate in the heart of the Costa Rican Jungle
Rafiki Safari Lodge is nestled on an 843-acre private reserve on the pristine Savegre River. This unique rain forest ecosystem is only 30 kilometers from Manuel Antonio on the Pacific Coast. In the seclusion of the jungle, the opportunities to enjoy your time are endless. Enjoy a float down the Savegre River, horseback rides, nature hikes, or world-class birding. Back at the lodge, speed down the water slide, soak in the solar-powered hot tub or unwind with a massage. Whatever activity you choose, Rafiki provides a unique and secluded destination in the Costa Rican jungle to explore and relax.
A traditional Costa Rican “Rancho” with an African twist, serves as the main base-camp at Rafiki Safari Lodge. Here you will find reception, gift store, bar, restaurant, and most important, your morning coffee! Take a siesta in a hammock, play board games, relax in the hot tub, or simply enjoy the view! The lodge is perched on the edge of a plateau of offering great birding. There is a feeder in the reception area and the lake is perfectly framed for water birds. This is also the best place to catch the sunset and hear some original African beats.
Food and Beverages
Braai is a South African word for BBQ. South Africans pride themselves on their culinary skills on the grill. Rafiki embraces that cultural heritage with some wonderfully spiced dishes. Also incorporated are local Costa Rican dishes on the menu. Rafiki’s 16-year experience of home cooked meals inspired by a variety of chefs through the years are refined, filling and delicious. Even if you have a plant-based diet, the lodge is able to keep your energy levels primed for adventure. Rafiki includes all meals with lodging from dinner on your first day to breakfast on the day of departure.
Typical Length of Stay
You may arrive and depart Rafiki Lodge any day of the week and arrange packages for any number of nights (minimum stay of 2 nights). Packages are customized to guest’s preferences. Please contact Yellow Dog’s Costa Rica expert, Kristen Tripp for more package details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Rafiki sits in the middle of great adventure. Explore the lower Savegre Valley on whitewater rafting trips, waterfall hikes, horseback rides, and mangrove kayaking tours. A massage at the end of the day is a great way to complete the journey!
All activities are run in-house by Rafiki’s professional guides. These trips have been fine-tuned over the past 14+ years making adventures in the jungle both safe and entertaining. Carlo and his brother Lautjie are biologists, making every adventure both fun and informative. The local guides are knowledgeable in local flora and fauna and will share interesting stories with you in English or in Spanish.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available in the main dining/bar area, free of charge for guests.
How To Get There
There are several ways to get to Rafiki. Quepos is the nearest City. From Quepos we can arrange transportation (via taxi) or you can drive in alone (4X4 is recommended, but not neccesary). Although it is only about 160 km from San Jose, getting to Quepos can take from 25 minutes to over 4 hours depending on the mode of transportation. Please contact Yellow Dog’s Costa Rica expert, Kristen Tripp for more travel details.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests can arrive to and depart from Rafiki Lodge on any day of the week.
A valid passport is required for all visitors to Costa Rica and must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your stay.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Whether you are looking for freshwater, mangrove or inshore fishing, Carlo Boshoff offers something for every angler. He specializes in fly fishing and light tackle spin fishing. The freshwater trip includes a 4-6 hour float on a raft with rowing frame. Expect to target machaca, roncador and the occasional snook or snapper. In the mangroves, Carlo fishes out of a drift boat or 20′ Carolina Skiff depending on tides and conditions. You will target snapper, snook and whatever else bites! Carlo also offers inshore fishing out of Quepos, Punta Mala and Sierpe areas located on the south central pacific coast of Costa Rica. You will be fishing for snapper, jack, snook and roosterfish. With over 15 years of guided fishing experience and as a fully-licensed boat captain in Costa Rica, Carlo will cater your fishing day according to fishing conditions and each angler’s needs and desires.
Costa Rica’s climate is usually very pleasant with average temperatures ranging from 25° to 32° C (80° to 90° F) on the coastal regions and 13° to 25° C (55° to 80° F) in the high mountains and San Jose. On the Pacific slope, the months of December through April are dry. This is the peak tourism time of year due to the perfect sunny days. From May to November, afternoon rains become more prevalent with October and November being quite rainy. While this time of year is wetter than the rest, it also brings cheaper travel fares, availability at lodge, better wildlife viewing, and for those interested in rafting, the river is at its prime!
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. Contact Yellow Dog’s Costa Rica expert, Kristen Tripp for a full breakdown on package rates, fishing options, and other travel details. All trips can be fully customized by Yellow Dog.