Reviews of Ras Kutani
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Thoroughly enjoyable stay: lovely rooms, friendly staff and good food. It would have been helpful to know in advance that they take credit cards and that some of the activities that appear to be on offer in the brochure (dinghy sailing and deep sea fishing are either not available or very expensive).
Road transfer was interesting and quite quick but if you are not arriving on Sunday morning early, the transfer time through the Dar traffic can be quite extended.
The release of baby turtles while we were there was a surprise bonus which gave us a bit of a beach safari too.
Perfect start to our honeymoon
We couldn't have asked for a better start to our honeymoon - we arrived after an exciting car transfer and ferry crossing from Dar, to an oasis of calm! Everything about this place was heavenly - the beach, rooms, dining area, food.... we couldn't have asked for a more fitting opportunity to unwind.
Despite being so chilled out there were things to do if you so wished - we had a mini kayak adventure on the lake and also visited the school in nearby Gomve village. Our guide, Baltizary, was excellent at pointing things out along the walk to get there, such as cashew nut trees, and gave us our first valuable introduction into speaking Swahili! Seeing the kids at school was a great experience and didn't feel at all touristy.
We particularly liked the way all the staff were treated as equals, the tipping method Ras use obviously works really well as we found everyone to be genuinely happy in going about their work, which was fantastic.
We loved Ras Kutani, and would definitely go back for longer!
Ras Kutani was a perfect way to start our honeymoon. The accomodation was stunning with well positioned bungalows so they were really private and blended with the environment. The service was excellent and all staff were helpful and friendly. Attention to detail such as food allergies was very impressive. The food was very good and we had the most wonderful experience of dinner on the beach on our last night. The beach is beautiful though the sea is not as warm as we expected. There is not much to do but that was fine with us as we just wanted to relax. It was very interesting to visit to the village and see the school and I hope the money we gave in donation does go some way in making a positive difference though i hope it doesn't become a tourist attraction.Read more about the whole beach holiday
Ras Kutani review
the massages here were fantastic. the food was good, nice romantic dinner was put on for us, we felt on honeymoon!
there was good service and the staff well trained
only drawbacks (perhaps out of their control) were that you had to request for the hot water to be turned on in the morning (and they forgot or the hot water was all used up by our neighbour on our first full day their) as well as lights going out after the last person had left the bar i.e. no electricity during the day.
Expert Africa comments
When told of these comments, Ras Kutani advised that they are installing electric hot water geysers in all the rooms to solve this problem. (Currently, the wood-boilers are lit in the late afternoon, for hot water during the evenings. In this instance, the fire was lit but went out. The lodge did re-light it, and apologised to the guests as soon as they were made aware of the problem.
Like in many bush camps, Ras Kutani’s diesel generator is not kept on 24-hours every day. Instead it’s switched off an hour after the last person has gone to bed, and then on again for a short period in the morning. This keeps noise and energy use to a sensible minimum. Each guest is also provided with a torch when they check in, and there are times when guests can charge batteries, cell phones etc.
There’s a valuable general point here – that even African camps which have generators will often not run them all the time, and visitors do need to be aware of this when travelling to Africa.