Kruger Safari Animal Encounter is a holiday home located in Marloth Park, just a 2-minute walk from the Crocodile River and Exit Gate 2. Marloth park borders the Kruger National Park and guests may experience viewing of game in the property's unfenced garden, or sightings of elephants, rhinos and buffalo at the river. This spacious 4-bedroom house boasts a large private garden with 2 viewing decks, an outdoor rock pool, BBQ facilities and a fully-equipped kitchen. All bedrooms and living spaces have air conditioning and ceiling fans. The property is close to restaurants and the 2 shopping centres within the park. The Crocodile Gate at Kruger National Park is within 15 minutes' drive.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (10.0)

Free private parking available on-site


Availability

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Accommodation Type
Number of guests
 
Bedroom 1:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 2:
3 single beds
Bedroom 3:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 4:
1 large double bed
Living room:
1 sofa bed
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Property practices

This property has told us they implemented certain practices across some or all of these categories: waste, water, energy and greenhouse gases, destination and community, and nature.
Guest reviews

Categories:

Staff
9.5
Facilities
9.5
Cleanliness
9.5
Comfort
9.5
Value for money
9.0
Location
10
High score for Marloth Park
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  • Vladimir
    South Africa South Africa
    Well established, properly maintained and looked after house. Everything you need is there and more. Almost every bedroom has its own bath. Kitchen and dining room are very convenient and have good flow to the outside area. Many animals come to...
  • Warren
    South Africa South Africa
    Beautiful clean house, with all the amenities that a person might need. Betty was very friendly and always willing to help. Gerda always stayed in touch to notify us of animal sighting. I'll definitely be back, had a great time and left there...
Quality rating
Booking.com rated the quality of this property as 4 out of 5 based on factors such as facilities, size, location and services provided.

Hosted by Gerda

9.5
9.5
Host review score
Host review score

Gerda
Rafikisresthouse is very close to the river (2 mins walk), yet private. Access to the restaurants and the two shopping centers is easy and the house is close to Crocodile Gate at Kruger National Park (only 12 mins) which can save you up to 25 mins compared to other places in Marloth Park.The shade provided by the magnificent old trees and the rock pool are a relief in summer. There is a splash pool for children. It is a birds' paradise. There are two viewing terraces. All 4 bedrooms and the two lounges have AC and ceiling fans. 3 bathrooms. Linen and towels are provided. Zebra, bushbuck, kudu, wildebeest, impala, warthog, monkeys, as well as other small game and birds are all regular visitors, especially once they realise that the occupants of the house will give fresh water every day. A few days' stay at least is therefore very advisable as the longer you stay the more regular the animals will come. At night while sitting on the veranda or having a braai at the BBQ place, you will hear lion roar and hippo laugh while in the morning one hears the elephant trumpeting. A luxury tent on the upper balcony can maximize this wildlife experience. Daily cleaning service is to be paid extra
I am a professor at university who loves nature and animals and the unwinding effect of the bush life. We want you to be relaxed, share our love for nature and feel very welcome. To us, to enjoy nature and wildlife, privacy and quietness are essential. If you feel the same, Rafiki's Resthouse is the place to be.
Apart from neighbouring Kruger National Park (Crocodile River is the border), Marloth Park is close to Swaziland, Mozambique and the famous Panorama Route. We can arrange attractive tours for you to the Panorama route, Swaziland or Mozambique. This will enable you to save time and also enjoy your holiday to the max as the guide and driver is experienced and knows what tourists cannot know. Safari drives, private or not, can be organised. These should be reserved in advance.
Languages spoken: Afrikaans,German,English,Spanish,French,Dutch

Property surroundings

Restaurants
5 restaurants on site

  • Die Watergat
    • Cuisine
      African • American • Belgian • International • European • Grill/BBQ • South African
    • Ambiance
      Family friendly • Traditional
  • Phumula Lodge
    • Cuisine
      African • American • Local • South African
    • Ambiance
      Family friendly • Traditional
  • Jabula
    • Cuisine
      African • American
    • Ambiance
      Family friendly • Traditional
  • Tin Shack
    • Cuisine
      African • American • Italian • Seafood • International • South African
    • Ambiance
      Modern
  • Aamazing River View
    • Cuisine
      African • American • British • Italian • Seafood • Local • Asian • Grill/BBQ • South African

Facilities of Kruger Safari Animal Encounter
Great facilities! Review score, 9.5

Most popular facilities
  • 3 swimming pools
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • 5 restaurants
  • Airport shuttle (free)
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Parking
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
Internet
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Kitchen
  • Shared kitchen
  • Children's high chair
  • Dining table
  • Coffee machine
  • Cleaning products
  • Toaster
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Tumble dryer
  • Kitchenware
  • Electric kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchenette
Bedroom
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Dressing room
Bathroom
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Additional bathroom
  • Additional toilet
  • Bath or shower
  • Shared toilet
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Shared bathroom
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath
  • Shower
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Sofa
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Video
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Sofa bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Fold-up bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Mosquito net
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Tile/marble floor
  • Private entrance
  • Fan
  • Ironing facilities
  • Iron
Accessibility
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Outdoors
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Private pool
  • BBQ facilities
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Common areas
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Games room
3 swimming pools
Pool 1 - outdoorFree!
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Pool with view
  • Pool cover
Pool 2 - outdoor (kids)Free!
  • Open all year
  • Suitable for kids
  • Pool with view
  • Shallow end
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Pool cover
Pool 3 - outdoorFree!
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Pool with view
  • Shallow end
  • Pool/beach towels
Wellness
  • Kids' pool
  • Hair cut
  • Beauty Services
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Water slide
  • Public Bath
Food & Drink
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
Activities
  • Bike tours
  • Walking tours
  • Movie nights
  • Game drives
    Additional charge
  • Water park
  • Water sport facilities on site
  • Mini golf
  • Horse riding
  • Cycling
    Off-site
  • Hiking
  • Darts
  • Fishing
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
  • Tennis court
Services & Extras
  • Wake-up service
Outdoor & View
  • Inner courtyard view
  • Landmark view
  • Pool view
  • Garden view
  • View
Building characteristics
  • Detached
Transport
  • Bicycle rental
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Airport shuttle
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • ATM/cash machine on site
  • Express check-in/check-out
Entertainment and family services
  • Indoor play area
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Books, DVDs, or music for children
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Children's playground
  • Babysitting/child services
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
Shops
  • Minimarket on site
  • Barber/beauty shop
Miscellaneous
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Carbon monoxide detector
Languages spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Dutch

House rules

Kruger Safari Animal Encounter takes special requests - add in the next step!

Check-in

From 14:00

You'll need to let the property know in advance what time you'll arrive.

Check-out

Until 10:00

 

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Refundable damage deposit

A damage deposit of ZAR 2000 is required. The property charges this 14 days before arrival. That's about GBP 85. This will be collected by bank transfer. You should be reimbursed within 14 days of check-out. Your deposit will be refunded in full via bank transfer, subject to an inspection of the property.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

< 1 year old
Extra bed upon request
ZAR 200 per child, per night
Cot upon request
ZAR 150 per child, per night
1+ years
Extra bed upon request
ZAR 200 per person, per night

Prices for cots and extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Cash only

This property only accepts cash payments.


Smoking

Smoking is not allowed.

Parties

Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 22:00 and 07:00.

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

Please note, Rafiki's Resthouse does not accept cash or credit card payments. Payment before arrival by bank transfer or paypal is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.

Guests will be charged a daily cleaning fee, host can provide more information on request.

Please note that prepayment for reservations needs to be done via bank transfer, no cash payment on the property.

Please inform Kruger Safari Animal Encounter in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

Payment before arrival via bank transfer is required. The property will contact you after you book to provide instructions.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 22:00:00 and 07:00:00.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property adheres to strict physical distancing measures.

A damage deposit of ZAR 2,000 is required. The property charges this days before arrival. This will be collected by bank transfer. You should be reimbursed within 14 days of check-out. Your deposit will be refunded in full via bank transfer, subject to an inspection of the property.

Legal information

This property is managed by a private host. EU consumer law relating to professional hosts might not apply.

FAQs about Kruger Safari Animal Encounter

  • The prices at Kruger Safari Animal Encounter may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Yes, Kruger Safari Animal Encounter is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Kruger Safari Animal Encounter offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Children's playground
    • Games room
    • Tennis court
    • Fishing
    • Mini golf
    • Darts
    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Water park
    • Swimming Pool
    • Water sport facilities on site
    • Public Bath
    • Walking tours
    • Bicycle rental
    • Horse riding
    • Game drives
    • Movie nights
    • Beauty Services
    • Bike tours
    • Hair cut

  • Kruger Safari Animal Encounter has 5 restaurants:

    • Die Watergat
    • Tin Shack
    • Phumula Lodge
    • Jabula
    • Aamazing River View

  • Yes, there is a private pool. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Kruger Safari Animal Encounter on this page.

  • Yes, there are options at this property that have a terrace. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Kruger Safari Animal Encounter on this page.

  • Kruger Safari Animal Encounter can accommodate the following group size:

    • 8 guests

    For more detailed information, please check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.

  • Yes, there are options at this property that have a balcony. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Kruger Safari Animal Encounter on this page.

  • Kruger Safari Animal Encounter is 2.1 miles from the centre of Marloth Park. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. Find out the details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Check-in at Kruger Safari Animal Encounter is from 14:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • Kruger Safari Animal Encounter has the following number of bedrooms:

    • 4 bedrooms

    For more detailed information, please check the accommodation option(s) breakdown on this page.