A quintessential rustic luxury resort, Ras Kutani provides the perfect place to begin your East African adventure just a short light aircraft flight from Dar es Salaam. Spend a couple of nights here unwinding after a long flight and reset your internal clock to Africa time before embarking on your safari in southern Tanzania. Describing its style as ‘castaway chic’, Ras Kutani’s simple design and natural colour schemes blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings of Tanzania’s wild southern coastline. A mere 25kms south of bustling Dar es Salaam this cosy resort sits between unspoilt Indian Ocean shoreline and a peaceful freshwater lagoon which attracts vivid birdlife to its virgin coastal forest.
Nine cottages nestle along the lagoon and beachfront to either side of the main lodge, each featuring an impressively large bed and private verandah. Rush matting, wooden shutters and cooling sea breezes exude a peaceful vibe, allowing guests to ground themselves in the natural environment.
Set in seclusion on the forested hillside with sweeping ocean views are four beautiful suites (each with its own plunge pool) and beyond them lies Hill House, a two-bedroom villa that is ideal for families.
FOOD & DRINK
Like everything at Ras Kutani, the food is kept simple and fresh with plenty of locally-caught seafood, delicious salads and traditional spices. Evening meals vary between table-service dinners and convivial barbecues.
The main area of the lodge is an open-sided thatched structure, open to the sea breeze and strewn with colourful ‘kikoi’ cushions, perfect for lolling on with a good book. There is also a main pool and, while there is no spa as such, the resort therapist can visit you in your room for a relaxing massage.
OUT & ABOUT
You don’t come to Ras Kutani to ‘do’ an awful lot as its attraction lies in its remote location and lack of distractions. However, guests can kayak on the lagoon, snorkel off the beach and body board in the plentiful surf. Nature walks can also be arranged. At certain times of year you may be privileged to witness whales migrating off the coastline or the seasonal hatching of baby turtles.
- The perfect start to your Africa adventure where you can quickly let go and completely unwind without the distractions of modern life.
- Reaching the lodge requires a short trip across the lagoon by kayak.