Mainland coast, south of Dar
Luxury beach lodge
Ras Kutani is just south of Dar es Salaam, yet a world away. This beautiful coastal lodge enjoys both the lapping Indian Ocean waves and a wonderfully calm lagoon, ideal for birdlife. It really does seem like a little piece of paradise – near deserted beaches, a classy lodge backed by lush virgin forest, home to 4 species of monkey.
If you are wanting to escape from it all, find an almost deserted beach, relax and enjoy good service in beautiful surroundings, then Ras Kutani could well be for you.
The essence of Ras Kutani is getting away from it all, recharge your batteries. To help you do this, rock in your terrace hammock and take in the beautiful Indian Ocean vistas or head out for a snorkel to discover The Chyko shipwreck which lies just off shore. Kayaks and boogie boards are there for you to use. Take a paddle in the lagoon or head into the riverine forest on a gentle walk to discover butterflies, monkeys and 132 species of tree. Nothing too strenuous, you understand.
We can’t think of a better way to finish off a safari in Tanzania than chilling on a quiet beach, and whilst most people think of Zanzibar and the other islands, this is a luxury option well worth considering in our view.
Times to Go
Ras Kutani is closed for the long rains, so April and May should be avoided. June to August sees the turtles hatching on the beach and you may get a glimpse of migrating humpback whales off the coast.
Ras Kutani highlights
- Deserted beaches
- Remote and peaceful
- Romantic beach dinners
- Delightful fresh cuisine
- Turtle hatching (seasonal)
Ras Kutani location
- 15 rooms & suites
- Closed April & May
- Children 6+ are welcome
- Swimming pool
- WIFI in the pool area
- Laundry service
- Bird watching
- Volleyball or petanque
- Forest walks
- Turtle hatching (seasonal)
Ras Kutani rooms
Beach Cottages rooms
The thatched cottages are scattered either side of the main building. All benefit from fresh ocean breezes and sea views. The veranda is shaded by the thatch and provides a cosy retreat complete with kikoi seating and hammocks. Hardwood shutters lead into the cottage. The décor is delightful and in keeping with the beach setting. There’s a strong use of local woods, mozzie nets drape romantically over the beds which are swathed in coloured fabrics, soft blues, creams and earthy colours echo the laid-back feeling.
Perched up on the hillside are the 4 suites. They offer guests privacy and seclusion. The views are simply stunning. You are surrounded by verdant forest, chattering monkeys, and the ocean stretches out before you. To top it off you have your own private plunge pool. Inside the suites are very spacious and décor is subtle and classy.
Ras Kutani has a family house. You may have guessed by the name that it is also situated on the hillside, above the main camp – maximising on those impressive views. There are two en-suite rooms which are linked by the terrace. The terrace has ample built-in seating where you can all converge and enjoy the vistas.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Selous Safari Company owns Ras Kutani and they do a lot to ensure they operate in an environmentally friendly manner. They raise funds to sponsor school children. They support local charities in a number of ways and are heavily involved in environmental and wildlife conservation programmes.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.