Africa is full of surprises and many of them can be found in the tranquil country of Tanzania. Situated on the relatively undiscovered southern Tanzania coastline, just 35km south of Dar es Salaam, Ras Kutani is one of them. A unique boutique beach retreat (which also happens to score an impressive 5 stars out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor), sits within 100 acres of lush tropical, coastal forest and, as much of Tanzania’s coastline has suffered heavy deforestation, this is truly a hidden Tanzania hotel gem offering a rare opportunity to explore one of the most bio-diverse indigenous coastal forests in East Africa. The forest contains 132 different species of trees, including mango trees (famous for their spectacular fruit) and the Marula tree (prized for its rich bounty of fruit, and the oil from the kernel, which is used to make moisturizer).
Guests can also, of course, enjoy watching the antics of four species of monkey, including the spectacular black-and-white colobus, as well as many species of birds, baboons, wild pigs, the elusive Civet Cats and other wildlife. All of this can be experienced whilst taking the ‘From Tree To Tree’ self-guided tour which steers guests through this eclectic ecosystem on an easy, fascinating walk.
Ras Kutani promises the epitome of barefoot-luxury and a hideaway for those seeking solace, luxury and tranquillity. The luxurious accommodation comprises nine open-fronted spacious, charming cottages, each with en suite bathroom, large verandah with a covered sand floor, seating area, hammocks and views of the clear lagoon, beach and Indian Ocean. Ideal for water babies, the temperate seas and proximity of coral reefs ensure a wealth of marine life with the chance to see colourful fish, dolphins, whales, turtles and even a shipwreck.
Complimentary snorkelling equipment, kayaks and boogie boards are available for those that wish to venture from their hammock or beach bed. And in season, turtles come to nest along the beach and guests are invited to get involved in projects that look out for their welfare. I mean, how great is that??
But wait… there’s more!
Right now, Africa Odyssey is offering seven nights at Ras Kutani, followed by a three-night sophisticated safari experience at the boutique Selous Safari Camp from $5,611 per person (saving $1,400 per person).
Valid for travel throughout June and July, the price includes international flights from various US airports, internal transfers, full board and most activities.
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