Our luxury Safari tents were imported from South Africa. The secluded tent has a shady porch and is set away a little bit. Only a stone's throw from the beach, this is our favorite family tent. It comes standard with a king bed and 2 singles.
We offer a fantastic kayak tour down the Savegre River, through a mangrove forest, ending right at the Beach Camp.
The Rafiki Beach Camp sits directly on the beach. The pool, kitchen and bar are for the guests of the hotel only. There are only four units allowing for a charming and secluded experience. Our pool is in the middle of the four tents and provides hours of fun for the family. We feature a self catering kitchen and sell selected meats for guests to make their own Barbeque in the grill area provided.
Guests will have direct access to the beach, pool, body boards. They will also have access to the internet , a private bar, kitchen, and BBQ area. The camp is kid friendly!
Our camp is just minutes away from Manuel Antonio National Park, Marina Ballena National Park, and course all of the great activities such as whitewater rafting, Canopy tours, and our signature kayak trip.
Interaction with Guests
Lautjie and Mauren Boshoff host the camp. They live across the street, and will arrange transportation, tours, and even help guests will travel plans throughout Costa Rica. Alex Campos is a the care taker and would love to show you a sloth, monkey or some other creature running around!
Rafiki Beach Camp was exactly what we were hoping for - a beautiful beach setting with unique accommodations. The tents were really cool and very comfortable, with porches in front with Adirondack or rocking chairs. The bathrooms were better than I had expected - big and well appointed. Each morning Alex was in the common area making breakfast - fruit plates, eggs, toast and pancakes, plus the usual tea and coffee. Lautjie and his family were wonderful - with great recommendations and help making arrangements for horseback rides and other activities. My husband even watched a world cup match with them at their house. We came at the end of our trip when we were ready for some relaxation and enjoyed the hammocks and pool quite a bit. You really want to have a car so you can easily make daytrips to Manuel Antonio and the parks south of Matapalo. The best part was that this was tucked out of the way of the major tourist areas, so you feel like you've found this perfect, secret spot. Definitely request one of the tents closest to the beach for the view. The grounds are really beautiful and we saw a three-toed sloth within 10 minutes of getting there, and a two-toed sloth said good-bye to us on our last day. Cool birds, too. We were really happy with our time at Rafiki and would highly recommend it.
My boyfriend and I had planned to stay at Rafiki Beach Camp for 9 days. Upon arriving to the Beach Camp we realized that 9 days may be too long of a stay since we had not planned to rent a vehicle. It seemed that all the other guests that had arrived were only staying for 1-4 nights and everyone had rented a vehicle. This is important to note because although the Beach Camp provides a wonderful breakfast each morning, there are few, if any, dining options within walking distance.
The beach is beautiful and steps away from the tents. The Beach Camp is very secluded, and is one of the few lodging options that is still operating along the road. You will feel like you have the beach all to yourself. Matapalo is great for getting lost in the beach life and napping in a hammock, but if you are looking for more options to seek entertainment, walk in national parks, dine at local establishments, and shop at local markets, you will need a vehicle to drive to a larger city such as Manuel Antonio, Quepos or Uvita.
Our host, Lautjie, was an excellent tour guide on our kayaking trip through the Mangroves, it is obvious that his passion is in nature tours. We recommend the kayak tour, however be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, a hat, water, and snacks as it is a long journey (approx. 4 hours).
With all this in mind, we decided to stay for 3 nights as opposed to 9. We had a great time relaxing by the pool and enjoying the ocean breeze in one of the many hammocks. We were even able to spot two sloths lazing around in the trees also enjoying the beach life. :)
Rafiki Beach Camp was wonderful. Matapalo is a small beautiful beach town, and the tents are truly luxurious. We stayed in one of the beach front tents. We had running hot water, a lovely tiled bathroom, a view of the ocean from our deck, and a comfortable massive bed (two large beds pushed together). We were there over Christmas which is the high season for tourism in Costa Rica, but Matapalo beach was practically empty!
The owners were extremely helpful and friendly. We got a ride into town to run errands, and they did our laundry for us. For breakfast every morning we got a large delicious platter of fruits, eggs, and toast. We also were able to use the outdoor kitchen, which was great for us because we like to cook when we travel.
The wifi was spotty in our tent, but strong enough in the kitchen to (website hidden) video call. The wifi was not an issue for us because we didn't want to be on our laptops in that beautiful setting anyway.
Getting to Matapalo by bus from San Jose was easy. We took a tracopa bus and just asked the driver to drop us off at Matapalo where Mauri (I might have misspelled that) picked us up.
Be sure to bring plenty of insect repellent and anti-itch cream or after-bite as the bugs get a little bad around dusk. Although during the day, the bugs were not a problem, and the tents have mosquito net windows.
Rafiki Beach Camp was a great place to stay, and if we are in that area again we definitely want to go there. We are thinking of planning a trip there with more of our family next time.
Rafiki Beach Camp is run by a lovely couple with great local knowledge and love of nature and conservation. They have two very cute kids too. The location was perfect for us - secluded swim able beach, pool, good food and easy drive to main attractions. Go on the kayaking tour - great wildlife and initial experience before going to Corcovado national park for us. Everything you need.
When we booked one of Lautjie's beach tents in Matapalo, we thought we were just going to get a nice place to stay, but we got a whole lot more. We got a smart, informative guide to the area, a lethargic sloth sighting, a secluded beach, great coffee, carefully prepared breakfasts and a gracious family to welcome us. Lautjie knows the area so well and is great at both providing recommendations and leaving you alone to explore. We also loved the Aqua Hike he took us on, waking up to the ocean right outside our tent screen, and the clean, sparkling pool. Such a great vacation!
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We are a young family that enjoy the outdoors. We ride bikes as a family, swim in the ocean, and like camping trips. Professionally I work as a naturalist for Rafiki Safari Lodge. We have 2 kids, Noah (6) and Acacia (4), they both attend a dual immersion ecological school called Escuela Verde.