Ras Kutani area

Ras Kutani area

Ras Kutani is a lovely spot on the Tanzanian coast, about an hours' drive from Dar es Salaam.

Tanzania's coastal vegetation is lush and dotted amongst it are many small farming villages, where clusters of thatched huts stand under palm and papaya trees. Being driven south of Dar, you'll leave the city surprisingly quickly and tar will give way to gravel, and pavements to swaying palm trees. The pace of life slows as you pass stalls piled high with fruit and vegetables.

Soon you'll reach a headland where there are two lovely places to stay. Both lodges have idyllic beachfront locations only five minutes' walk apart, yet there's not another lodge for miles. The two lodges are:

Amani Beach
This smart and luxurious lodge has 10 spacious thatched cottages decorated in an Afro-Arabian style, with studded wooden chests and sumptuous fabrics. Each is air-conditioned with an en suite bathroom and you can choose between the pool-side cottages or quieter rooms set in the gardens which overlook the sea.

Ras Kutani
Ras Kutani is a relaxed lodge with sandy paths that wind through the trees to reed-and thatch chalets, each furnished in a simple, natural style, with two cushioned hammocks on the veranda for naps. The wholesome food is delicious, with plenty of salads and fresh fish.

Neither offer sophisticated activities: there are no jet skis, speedboats or scuba diving here, so the beach remains quiet and relaxing.

Horseriding

At Amani and Ras Kutani, guests can usually arrange horse-riding excursions. An enthusiastic and experienced horsewoman, Josephine, her daughter Veronica and her assistant Carlyon, cater for all abilities of riders. They provide the equipment for guided rides along the beach and amongst the local villages. These rides can be arranged by the lodges and cost around £25 per person for a couple of hours.
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