Ras Kutani

Kutani, South Coast, Tanzania

Ras Kutani is a simple yet very stylish lodge situated in a coastal forest overlooking a fresh water lagoon. It is built on a crescent of white sandy beach, washed by the gentle surf of the temperate Indian Ocean.

At a Glance

  • Very relaxed barefoot lodge within easy reach of Dar es Salaam

  • Remote, isolated and quiet - the perfect place to unwind

  • Long sandy beach

  • Fantastic service and food

  • Lots of places to curl up with a book

Couples, Beach, Honeymoon, Eco/ethical tourism

Insider's View

Take lots of good books!

Camilla Whitworth

Insider's View

Wake up early one morning and take a walk along the beach for a breathtaking sunrise before heading back to bed with a cup of tea and a good book.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Look out for the fluffy white tails of black and white colobus monkeys as you walk through the forest.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Relax in a hammock on your private veranda and listen to the sound of the sea

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Ras Kutani is situated only 35 km south of the port of Dar es Salaam but offers the perfect hideaway on this beautiful unspoiled coastline. The lodge sits beside a fresh water lagoon providing calm waters whatever the tide, and fantastic snorkeling opportunities.

Accommodation is in nine spacious cottages built from reed matting and palm thatch, all with a huge double bed draped in a white mosquito net, and a veranda full of cushions and a hammock or two. Each overlooks either the pretty lagoon or the beach.

There are also four spacious and airy suites, located above the canopy high on the hill, with sweeping views of the crescent bay and the jade waters of the Indian Ocean. The verandas come with a private dip pool. Additionally, there is a family suite set up on the hill with two-bedrooms, a shared living area and stunning sea views.

The tropical, coastal forest behind the lodge boasts some 132 different species of trees in many of which one can watch the antics of four species of monkey, including the spectacular black-and-white colobus. Next to this forest walk guests can make a visit to the village nearby to taste Swahili life.

Turtles come to nest along the shore of Ras Kutani in season, with opportunities for interested guests to become involved in the projects that continue to look out for their welfare. The deserted beach is also ideal for long walks and a chance to experience the enchantment of a tropical shoreline redolent with the history of a continent.


Accommodation is in nine spacious cottages, four lavish suites and one family villa all are constructed of natural, local materials. Ethnic furnishings impart a sense of the Tanzanian coast's rich cultural heritage. Each cottage has its own en suite bathroom and large veranda with views of the Indian Ocean.

The four suites have an infinity dip pool, their own private areas and a signature Sultan's bed. These are set up on the hillside to benefit from the breeze and to enjoy additional privacy.

Finally there is a family house, set on the hill with beautiful sea views. There are two ensuite bedrooms linked by a wide terrace with cushions and seats, the ideal place for youngsters to play and families to relax together.

Double Cottage

There are 4 standard chalets with en-suite bathrooms, large verandas with beautifully views over the deserted beach and Indian Ocean beyond.

Double Suite

There are four lavish suites situated in spacious cottages with en-suite bathrooms and private plunge pool. The cottages have large verandas with beautiful views over the deserted beach and Indian Ocean.

Family Villa

There is one family villa which is two cottages connecting together providing two en-suite bedrooms, ideal for a family.


Although there are not specific childcare facilities available, children aged six and above are most welcome to come and stay at Ras Kutani where menus and meal times can easily be tailored to suit the younger guests. Babysitting can also be arranged for those that require it.


The main lodge has a stunning pool and each suite also has a private pool. Guest areas are adorned with colorful kikoi cushions and hammocks beneath an airy thatched structure with superb views of the beach, lagoon and the ocean. Wifi connectivity is available in the reception area and by the pool and is free of charge.

Meals are a real treat here, with freshly prepared ‘Fruits of the Indian Ocean’ and succulent Pan-African cuisine served in the open air dining area, or outside surrounded by candles and lanterns.


Activities include body boarding, snorkeling from the shore or exploring the fresh water lagoon on a kayak. The snorkeling is not on a reef but there are plenty of colorful fish to watch, and the shipwreck of a cargo boat to explore nearby. Nature walks can be arranged through the indigenous coastal forest around the edge of the lagoon, or along the pristine shore.

As well as guided walks to local inland or fishing villages along the coast (subject to tides). There are a range of massages and beauty treatments also on offer at Ras Kutani.

Location & Directions

Kutani, South Coast, Tanzania

Located on Tanzanian mainland coast, Ras Kutani is situated on a quiet stretch of white beach south of Dar es Salaam, tucked in amongst lush tropical vegetation on a wild stretch of coastline.

When to go

Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.

There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.

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