|The view over the lagoon and sea from your huge, super super king size bed!|
Location: Southern Tanzania, Africa
Good for: Relaxation, wildlife and luxury waterside lodges, providing a stunning view over a freshwater lagoon and the crashing waves of a spectacular coast.
When to go: It's cooler here May - through to August and then warms up as you progress into the rainy season.
Ras Kutani is closed during April and May when the rains are heaviest. In September we experienced daytime temperatures of around 30º - 35º C.
|Sykes monkeys wander freely around the camp|
Flights and travel: A mere 10 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, by light aircraft to the Ras Kutani airstrip (5 mins by car). Or, as a slightly cheaper option, you may prefer to get a taxi which will take around 2 - 3 hours (traffic depending). I personally think that the 10 minute flight is a no brainer and is actually a great way to get an idea of the sheer scale of Dar.
|The glorious standard rooms, with plenty of relaxation space inside and out|
This place is all about the Al Fresco experience and it is reflected everywhere - nowhere is truly enclosed - it makes you feel as if you really are living in a Robinson Crusoe created paradise. Bare feet are the order of the day, wherever you are, which I always find strangely liberating - go figure.
|Fabulous quirky handmade sun-loungers and tent-like shade|
Although you are situated only a short distance from Dar, you do feel like are away from it all here. It's the only place I have found that seems to slow time down, giving you a relaxed feeling that I have honestly felt no-where else on earth. The pace is slow and relaxed - a great place to recharge.
|beautiful Monitor lizard checking the pool temperature...|
|Adorable turtle hatching, making its way to the sea.|
What to take:
• Insect repellent (Avon Skin So Soft is something I swear by). The lagoon means there are plenty of mossies around.
• Long trousers and tops for the evening (the sea breeze can be chilly early am and late pm).
• Binoculars to look for Whales on the horizon.
• Camera and plenty of memory cards!
• After bite cream (one with a numbing agent is quite good to stop any bites itching).
• Sun protection, There is a great breeze here but it means you can burn without realising it.
• At least one good book - there is a library here, but you will have to return or swap any books you borrow.
• A one piece swimsuit (women) or sports swim-shorts (Men) - if you plan to boogie board! See below notes)
• Dollars for tipping (only take dollars minted after 2006)
|Yellow headed dwarf gecko found everywhere|
Expect to have your every need catered for, because it really is. You are even provided with broad rimmed hats for walking in the sun and umbrellas if its raining (His and hers) and if you fall in love with them you can buy your own to take home (all locally hand crafted). Don't expect to wear a lot of shoes here, in fact one pair to arrive in and one pair to leave in should be fine.
There is wifi here for those tech-addicts among you - I personally avoided logging on so that I could truly forget about the outside world for a while.
This camp runs a communal tipping system, which enables you to tip everyone at the same time, even the people you won't necessarily see. Your travel agent may offer you some guidance on this, but if not, the camp information in your room provides a rough rule of thumb.
Expect the ultimate relaxation, a very warm reception and the desire to stay here a little longer than you actually are - it is wonderful.
Any costs detailed here are based on information at the time of writing - and are purely for guidance.