Ras Kutani is a magical place,the property itself is beautiful and the rooms are truly lovely

Marian F 49 yrs, London, UK, Read 15 reviews »

Swahili Coast, Tanzania

Ras Kutani

  • An oasis of pure relaxation and luxury on the coast of mainland Tanzania
  • Watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean from the privacy of your own villa
  • Breathtaking views from all rooms, let yourself truly unwind

Facilities include

Private plunge pools in the hillside suites Spa Fully stocked bar Stunning water birds

Activities include

  • Spa
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Forest Walks
  • Turtle Hatching
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Peak Mid Low
About

About Ras Kutani

Ras Kutani rests between the deserted shores of the Indian Ocean and the quiet inlets of a freshwater lagoon, creating an idyllic barefoot hideaway.

The soul of Ras Kutani emanates from the never-ending stretches of creamy white sand, broken only by footprints and the lapping of the cool blue waves; this sought-after beach solitude is the foundation of pure relaxation and offers a stark contrast to East Africa's busier resorts. Complimenting the sound of the surf is the oasis of calm surrounding the lagoon, providing an ideal environment for stunning water birds. Enhancing this watery setting is a lush backdrop of virgin coastal forest. Ras Kutani supports, protects and enhances this rare ecosystem which boasts over 132 varieties of trees and is home to three species of monkey.

From the breathtaking views from the private hillside suite, down through the rustling palm trees, to the beachfront cottages, overlooking the warms waters of the Indian Ocean, is paradise personified: the perfect secluded beach retreat on the Swahili coast.

Constructed from locally sustainable natural materials, the accommodation blends seamlessly into Ras Kutanis exquisite environment, offering al fresco luxury living with a Swahili twist.

In the heart of the retreat lies the welcoming bar, open air lounge generously scattered with cushions creating the perfect ambience for evening cocktails and the expansive restaurant terrace with a ceiling of African stars. The cuisine takes inspiration from the coast itself; from the vivid history of the Tanzanian coast and its infamous spice trade by serving fresh, locally caught, seafood with delicately spiced flavours to hosting wonderful convivial barbecues accompanied by an appetising variety of fresh salads and scrumptious desserts.

Nine beach cottages are scattered on either side of the main building, all with ocean views and gentle breezes. Under the thatch, a spacious veranda unfurls with comfortable kikoi seating and lazy-making hammocks. The hard wood shutters lead through to the beautifully decorated interiors; the majestic double bed and fan surrounded by a billowing mosquito net and on to the generous en-suite bathroom.

Perched on the hillside and offering definitive privacy, are four secluded suites. Steps from the main building take guests deeper into the coastal forest, to their own secluded hideaway, where the only company you have are the chattering monkeys. The cascading panoramic view down to the ocean is the quintessential tropical backdrop to the private plunge pool and array of outside seating. The interiors are lusciously spacious and when the morning tea tray arrives, lie back in the vast Sultan double bed and let your eyes drift across the fluttering white curtains towards the azure seas below.

The perfect way to end a family holiday is a stay at the family house or Hill House. As the name suggests, it too is situated above the main camp with blissful sea views. The house comprises of two spacious en-suite rooms, linked by an expansive terrace with built in seating; an ideal space to swap holiday stories and enjoy each others company.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

A mere 25km south of the bustling metropolis of Dar es Salaam lies a slice of paradise. Ras Kutani rests between the deserted shores of the Indian Ocean and the quiet inlets of a freshwater lagoon.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
Charter a plane or for convenience Selous Safari Company operates and books a daily scheduled charter flight from Dar es Salaam to Ras Kutani - up until 15th Match 2015
Departing Dar at 11.00 and arriving at Ras Kutani 11.15
Departing Ras Kutani at 11.30 and arriving Dar 11.45
No late departure fees required for guests connecting with internal and international afternoon flights
Approximate flight time from Dar es Salaam is 10 mins. All guests will be collected from the Ras Kutani airstrip and within 15 minutes will arrive in camp
Helicopter flights can also be booked, for more information consult the reservations department

BY CAR
From Dar es Salaam there are two optional routes, both of which, depending on traffic, will take approximately 90 mins

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

From June to August, Ras Kutani offers a very pleasant beach experience, away from the fierce African heat of the later months, with a cool temperature range of 16˚C at night to high 20˚C during the day. The weather tends to be dry and sunny but cool in the evenings with the southerly “kusi” winds perhaps inviting guests to place a light blanket on their bed. This is also the season to watch turtles hatch on the beach and glimpse the breaching and blowing of the migrating humpback whales.

As the months edge towards the short rains, expected between November and December, the temperatures will begin to rise during the months of September and October. With fans in all accommodation it is still very comfortable to sleep at night and with bright blue skies it's a wonderful time to enjoy the beach life during the day. The short rains which follow usually offers some light showers or rain overnight so is unlikely to spoil your holiday.

From mid-December to February, the northerly “kaskazi” winds pick up which provides a pleasant cooling of the increasing temperatures, which range between mid 20˚C at night and mid 30˚C during the day. Most days provide plenty of sunshine but guests should be careful of the powerful African sun especially during the midday danger hours.

During the long rains, in April and May, the camp is closed.

LOW SEASON:
1st June - 30th June
1st November - 14th December
8th January - 15th March

HIGH SEASON:
1st July - 31st August
15th December - 7th January

Important Information

On all light weight aircraft in Tanzania there is a strict weight restriction of 15kg / 33lbs and soft bags are requested for easy storage.

Tanzania is a malaria zone; the best precaution is to be well prepared. Consult your GP before travelling. Travel with plenty of insect repellent – we can recommend any citronella based repellents and MosiGuard as it is not only effective but also natural. Pack long sleeved shirts and trousers for the evening. Keep mosquito nets closed from sunset. Carry antihistamine or hydrochortozone cream to reduce itching. Please be advised by your GP.

Final bills are payable in US Dollars, Tanzanian Shillings, Euros and Pounds Sterling; credit cards
(Mastercard, Visa) but a 5% surcharge is applicable.

Please be aware US Dollars will only be accepted if they are post-issue 2006.

Please note Ras Kutani is situated in a remote location and therefore after Dar es Salaam you will
not have access to an ATM or bank.

All rooms are fitted with a small safe which can be programmed by the guest.

Power in camp is 240 VAC powered by solar panels and generator. In each cottage or suite there is lighting, fan inside the mosquito net and two 24hour power wall sockets (British three-pin) – please note high consumption electrical items, such as hairdryers can only be used during generator hours.

In the camp there is mobile phone signal, including Tanzania’s main network suppliers (Airtel, Vodacom, Tigo, Zantel). WIFI facilities is offered by the pool and they provide a laptop with internet connection in the reception area for guest usage free of charge.

Children

Travelling with children

Children aged 6 and over are welcome.
Child rate (6-11 yrs) is 50% of accommodation rate (excl. park fee) when sharing with an adult.
There is a limit of two children in each camp at any one time.
Children in camp are the responsibility of the parent or guardian at all times.

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