About this listing
Our house is spacious and inside the 'bush' style enhances your Africa feeling. Yet, life in Africa is on the veranda.
No dry bush here, but old trees. Our house and garden are a haven of peace and privacy, only to be disturbed by visiting animals and birds. Luxury in the bush. We recommend a longer stay to enhance sightings and complete relaxation.
The combination of proximity to the river (2mins walk) and to Kruger entrance gate is quite exceptional.
Wifi possible on demand.
'Rafiki' means friend and we welcome you in our home as friends.
Our house has 4 bedrooms and three bathrooms (all with AC; all rooms also have ceiling fans), a living room downstairs (with AC) and a video lounge upstairs (with fan), a dining space and a fully equipped kitchen.
All rooms have at least one window that is mosquito and baboon proof when left open. This is rare in Marloth Park but we consider fresh air essential in this climate.
However, in South Africa, people live outside : we have two large covered game viewing decks, a splash pool, a rock pool, a boma (=BBQ place) and best of all a very large garden with impressive large trees. This and the location is what makes our place unique. Our trump card is the combination of closeness to the river (2mins walk) and closeness to Kruger entrance gate (12 mins; from some houses it can be up to 25 mins' drive more).
Our garden also is a birds’ paradise.
We also have developed a game for safari novices and more experienced safari goers. This game is played outside and should provide all the information you need about the nature environment, the animals and safari.
We have a borehole, so if there is no water from municipality (drought, pumps broken), we always have water.
Animals roam freely within the park (and occasionnally in and out from Kruger). Our garden has no fences. Safari in your garden and at your doorstep : zebra, kudu, gnoe, baboons and monkeys, and so much more. Potentially dangerous animals (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, …) can be seen at Crocodile River at 2mins walk from the house.
One can hear the lion roar, the hippo snort and the elephants trumpet. The bush sounds are thrilling for nature lovers and it is a challenge to go and check if you hear for example a buffalo's alarm call. Maybe you are lucky and can watch a kill.
Interaction with guests
The owners do not live there but will be happy to help you, give advice or solve problems. Betty will come and clean at 10 euro per day and is also there to help and solve problems. She can even cook for you.
Wifi can be arranged. The guest pays the owner a prepaid sum according to how much he wants to use and that will be available. There also is wifi in the restaurants in the vicinity.
Other things to note
Daily full cleaning at 10 euro a day.
Wifi possible on demand, about 10 euro for 1 Gb, which can last for about 5 days.
Security system. Everywhere AC. Night spot light.
Accommodation prices are way lower than what one pays for Kruger National Park accommodation where much less comfort is offered and where fences prevent animals from coming to the camp.
We have been going to Kruger for over 30 years and stayed in most camps. The choice of our house has been based on everything we know about the bush and animals. Now, seeing the difference, we only stay in Kruger if we want to go to the north, which is less crowded by tourists but also much less animals are to be seen there.
We live in a wildlife sanctuary where animals roam freely. Our garden has no fences. Littering is utterly prohibited (no cigarette buts, no beer caps.)
Strict no smoking policy in the house.
Never forget that the animals coming to the garden are wild animals. Treat them as such. They are scared away by sudden movements or sudden noises. For the night animals, flash lights and normal talking presents no problem.
No yelling or other loud noises.
Children are allowed but they should be under supervision of the adults (no playing around the little fish pond, correct behaviour with animals, respect for everything in and around the house).
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
I am a university Professor who loves the bush. When being there my key words are : inspiration, creation, dedication, fulfilment as the quiet and relaxing environment of our house and garden relieve me of my joint pains and make me forget the little worries of daily life.