We offer a fantastic kayak tour down the Savegre River, through a mangrove forest, ending right at the Beach Camp.
Rafiki Beach Camp Secluded Tent 4
Hosted by Lautjie
Lautjie is the host.
4 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
1.5 baths
4 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
1.5 baths
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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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!

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Extra people $36 NZD / night after 2 guests
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Geneva User Profile
June 2017
Rafiki Beach Camp was such a fantastic part of our trip to Costa Rica! From the moment we arrived we were blown away by the beauty of the grounds and the fantastic view of the beach. The tents themselves were very comfortable and you can't beat the ocean breeze and the sounds of the waves to sleep to at night. We did the whitewater trip from the Rafiki Lodge as well, and it was the most fun we had on our entire trip. It is a must do! We have nothing but good things to say and hope to come back next year and bring our kids!

Chris User Profile
February 2017
We had a terrific time at Raffiki Beach Camp. The setup and atmosphere is very relaxed. The location is fantastic set just back from the beach. The site is compact but you feel like you can have plenty of privacy if you want it. You can walk for miles up or down the almost deserted beach if you wish. Beautiful. We travelled as a family with two kids (7 + 9) and they loved the pool, the BBQ, the breakfasts, the trips and the beach... but mostly the pool! The trips laid on by Raffiki are excellent and make the most of the local environment. We didn't go on them all and this is an excuse to hopefully visit again one day. We did white water rafting and kayaking in the mangroves with the Raffiki team and both were great fun and reasonably priced. the rafting takes place at the main Raffiki lodge site inland. The rapids were level 2 and 3 and were suitable for our two young boys and anybody new to rafting. I understand there are more severe rapids upstream for the more experienced. We felt safe at all time and the guide /raft leader Kenneth was a top bloke, knowledgeable about everything in the forest, more than just a raft guide. The kayaking was hard work at one point as we had to cross a stretch of open water before entering the mangroves so if you have never kayaked before you might want to do a few press-ups before you travel! That said when my wife got tired our guide Alex gave her a tow so everything was fine. We saw countless wildlife on both trips - I won't spoil it for you by listing them all! All the guides were really knowledgeable and friendly. They weren't just guiding us; we felt like we were learning all the time and our kids soaked it all up like sponges, be it uses of the various plants we found on the drive to the rafting, or naming the creatures we saw whilst out on the water, or describing life for the local people in the valley. Furthermore I really liked the ethos of the Raffiki team; they employ local people who in turn really care about what they do, and they seem to have a genuinely strong ethos for conservation. As a base to do other things in the region Raffiki is perfectly situated between Manuel Antonio (very touristy and busy but beautiful national park with white sandy beaches and lots of animals that are completely used to human presence i.e. not very wild) and Dominical (ramshackle 'surfy' town with an interesting character and a good Thai restaurant on a converted bus). There are also lots of other things to do in the area including smaller and less well known (but no less beautiful) national parks such as Hacienda Baru, waterfalls, other beaches... and plenty of other places you can go discover for yourself :-) I would add...

Dan User Profile
March 2015
We had a wonderful time at the Rafiki Beach Camp. Lautjie and his wife were very welcoming and a pleasure. We arrived late in the afternoon, were greeted promptly and shown all of the wonderful accommodations. The tent was very large, clean and comfortable with all the comforts one would want. The pool and common area were great and the beach was absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend this place.

Jennifer User Profile
June 2014
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.

Carly User Profile
February 2014
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. :)

Sarah User Profile
December 2013
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 (SENSITIVE CONTENTS 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.

Alya User Profile
November 2013
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.

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Matapalo, Costa RicaJoined in March 2013
Lautjie User Profile

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.

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