Only a short 25kms from Tanzania’ s bustling capital lies Ras Kutani a gorgeous barefoot hideaway. The camp at Ras Kutani made from all local and sustainable materials to give you an idyllic Swahili getaway. In the center of the camp there is ample comfy relaxing space, a bar and lounge. Ras Kutani has 9 beach cottages dotted around the communal area, all the cottages have thatched roofs and large spacious verandahs with hammocks and comfy seating- one really does not spend much time inside at a place like this.
The 4 Suites are set on the hillside, a more private option and gives the guest more of an opportunity to experience the unique coastal forest. The suites still have ocean views and hold huge double beds and white décor and only steps from the main area of Ras Kutani. The Hill House is perfect for families of groups of friends and as the name suggests the house is set on the hill above the main camp. The camp has a large selection of enticing cocktails and Swahili dishes to choose from with interesting names such as the Dar Donkey and Mchangas Moonshine.
Ras Kutani is an incredible place to go for a self-guided walk with its impressive beaches, fresh water lagoon and tropical forests, the full walk take about 90 minutes. Trees have been number along the trails so guests can refer to the guide book, learning about medicinal properties that have been used for hundreds of years by the local Swahili people. As well as learning about the local flora Ras Kutani has a turtle nesting program and protects these nesting sites for Hawksbill and Green Turtles and around 40,000 little hatchlings have made their way safely to the sea since the start of the program, guests can learn about nesting habits of turtles and even visit nest sites.
The site actually started development in 1985 by the director of the Selous Safar Company – Charles Dobie with the first bit of land being leased (now the airstrip). An ideal spot due to its obvious coastal beauty and close proximity to Dar Es Salaam and the fact that back then there was actually no beach accommodation south of Dar. The airstrip makes it a whole lot easier for guests to travel between the Selous Safari Companies other camps and Ras Kutani. The location of the beach camp is great being so close to Dar, you can just pop in for a few days.
The two other camps run by the company are Siwandu, on the shores of Lake Nzerakera that forms part of the Rufiji river system in the Selous Game Reserve. The camp is elegant and comfortable and its located is exceptional for game viewing and offers a wide range of activities.
Jongomero also on the banks of a river (seasonal) is isolated and in the Ruaha Park which boasts an impressive 570 species of birds. This remote and romantic destination gives you the chance to experience the wilderness in a gloriously unadulterated manner and consists of 8 large luxury tented suites. With the airstrip guests can tie in beach and bush!