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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

I have just spent 6 incredible nights in Ras Kutani after 4 days in Selous.
What a beautiful spot and retreat hidden away from the nearby Dar es Salaam which is less then a 2 hour drive away or 15 minutes by plane.

From the moment I arrived I saw nothing but smiles from all members of staff which lasted until they day I left...but that's because I can no longer see them.

The resort is stunning and well maintained. Large spacious rooms with the delightful breeze from the Swahili coast. Plenty of hot water and gorgeous toiletries so ladies don't worry about 15 kilos baggage allowance if you are combining a safari as the products are lush. The beds are huge and extremely comfortable in fact I wasn't sure which direction to sleep.
Nothing better then to wake up to the sound of the crashing ways or to fall asleep to the sound of bush babies, frogs or monkeys.

The fresh water lagoon is lovely do try kayaking which are provided down by the beach hut free of charge. I didn't get around to walking the forest route as I found the beach walks ate away at my time. When the tide is out you can see the old shipwreck and play around in the Rock pools and crabs.

The food is amazing and the chief will go above and beyond for those with dietary requirements. Make sure you bring larger clothes to travel home in. 3 course meals and awesome cocktails catch up with you after 12 days. Dinner locations may change but I won't spoil the fun!

Shoes you will not need only flip flops for during the day for the sand gets rather hot under the beautiful African sun. Sipp a cocktail read a book no news is good news. For those who do want to keep updated WiFi is available by the pool cabana 50mb per day.

Finally a big thank you to Suzanna and Bas for being great hosts and dinner dates. A huge thank you to all the staff for making me feel part of the Rad Kutani family! All the best for the future.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled solo
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Smallworldmarketing, Public Relations Manager at Ras Kutani, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences at Ras Kutani - we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for mentioning our lovely long and peaceful beach - can walk for miles and no one will disturb you!

Karibu Tena
The Selous Safari Company team

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Ras Kutani was the third part of our holiday in Tanzania. After the safaris in Selous and Ruhah it was great to chill out. The hotel is only a few minutes away from its own airstrip (approx 15 minute flight to Dar es Salaam). We had suite 8 overlooking the lagoon and sea. Staff were all welcoming, food excellent. Accommodation spacious. On the veranda there are two hammocks and 2 seats, just perfect for resting in the afternoon. Walks along the fine sandy beach, take a dip in the pool, play Bao or take the self guided logoon walk or just chill out reading a book its up to you. Joseph our waiter was friendly, he also escorted us to the village where we met the locals, village Chairman and school children. One class of around 40 (8/9 years) all decided to sing and dance for us. This is worthwhile and gives you a chance to see where most of the staff come from. Selous Safari Company owned all of the 3 hotel/camps we stayed at. All very different, well run with excellent accommodation, food, staff and guides. From the moment we were collected from Dar airport to our return everything ran smoothly. One of our best holidays, a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary. Thanks to everyone at Selous Safari Company and staff at Siwandu, Jongomero and Ras Kutani. Also Craig at Rainbow Tours for arranging it.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Smallworldmarketing, Public Relations Manager at Ras Kutani, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review and we are delighted that you got to experience all three SSC properties. We look forward to welcoming you back again one day soon.
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SSC

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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights at the beginning of our honeymoon. Having come from our 2 day wedding and a days worth of travelling Ras Kutani was booked for us to be able to relax and unwind before a few nights of Safari in the Selous.
We got greeted off the plane and then transferred by rowing boat (what an experience). RK has a beautiful location and wonderful staff. We had such a fantastic stay - nothing was too much trouble for the staff or managers! We stayed in suite 1 which was at the top of the lodge and we had a beautiful sea view with a plunge pool.
The lodge couldn't do enough for us; every night we had a different dining location (on the beach, on the jetty).
There isn't a huge amount to do here but 3-4 nights is perfect and all you need. John P is particular served us everyday and was exception. Thanks all for a great start to our honeymoon!! We will be recommending!!!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Smallworldmarketing, Public Relations Manager at Ras Kutani, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review and for choosing Ras Kutani to celebrate your special holiday. It is the perfect place to unwind before or after a safari.

Please come back and see us again soon...perhaps for your 10 year wedding anniversary?!!
Karibu tena
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

We arrived at Ras Kutani to a warm welcome - full of Tanzanian smiles. The lodge was stunning - our room light, spacious and beautifully decorated. We had our own terrace with a sea view and the lodge was designed so no path went in front of our room so we had complete privacy. There was a lovely pool - spotlessly clean - with very comfortable sun loungers. We could also go to the beach where there were lovely loungers with roofs (you could move your bed into the sun if, like me, you are a sun lover!)
In both these areas there were always staff ready to bring you whatever you required.
The food was, at all times, absolutely delicious - superbly presented and, again, always with a smile. We were given dinner on the beach one evening - We have such a happy memory of this!
I had arrived having injured my leg while on safari. Suzanne and Bas (the managers) were amazing. Unfortunately I had got an infection - Suzanne was concerned and very helpful. She checked with a doctor and gave me antibiotics and an antibiotic cream - without these I would have been in trouble as it was to be 5 days before we got back to England. It not only began the healing process but also saved me a possible 2-3 hour trip to Dar to see a doctor. Both Suzanne and Bas checked with me every day. They organized for me to have ice to put on the infected area, twice a day, so I could sunbathe by the pool.
Unfortunately 'the leg' meant we couldn't make the most of this beautiful lodge - eg walking up the beach, kayaking on the lagoon, walking to the local village but these are all activities that are offered.
The staff could not have been better - happy, friendly - nothing was too much trouble - they even encouraged my attempts to speak Swahili.
Thank you all at Ras Kutani - you made sure we had a wonderful time in a beautiful lodge.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Smallworldmarketing, Public Relations Manager at Ras Kutani, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review of Ras Kutani - we are thrilled you loved your stay. I am sorry to hear about your bad leg but thats great that Suzanne looked after you so well and I hope it is fully healed now?
Please come back and see us again soon!
Karibu tena
Selous Safari Company team

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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We were lucky to book on the same day and they had availability. Since we we're in Dar, we took the plunge and ordered an Uber.
Took us a good 1hr 50min to get here, the road is under construction in some parts so we took our time.

Upon arrival we were meet by Bass and Susana, who took us through and explained how things work in the hotel. We were lucky to get an upgrade to suite number 2. We couldn't have been happier ones we saw where we'd be spending the rest of the 4 nights.

The staff here make you feel very very welcome, there very attentive and friendly. Nothing is ever too much of a trouble

The chef came out to say hello which I thought was a very nice gesture. His Called Mwalimu and food is absolutely excellent, couldn't fault even one meal, his been in Ras Kutani for 25yrs.

The room is very very clean and housekeeping done twice during the day. You get two sombreros and a beach bag to use while your there.

This guys are a great fantastic team, everyone says hello as you go along during the day.

Thanks to Jospeh who is a fantastic, friendly, knowledgeable waiter. Asanti sana Joseph you'll go places!

Mtoro is a good happy friendly
waiter,asanti sana.

Hassan is a very friendly waiter,asanti sana.

Abu the great Bar Man who makes fantastic drinks and always has a smile on his face. Thanks Abu

One Thing though is, not all waiters wear name budges, apparently they should but all the times iv had to ask for their names except Mtoro and John who had there name Budges at all times.

This is an adult relaxing hotel, would not recommend it for kids and I'm glad there were no kids during our stay.

Wifi must admit is bad bad, we opted to use 4g for the duration of our stay, though Come Evening you might just get lucky if you go have a wee seat next to the pool.

The massage lady is absolutely wonderful, had a 30min massage on one day and the next day had 1hr aromatherapy. She's really good, please give her a try.

To chatter a small plane from Dar is $380 one way for two and by car arranged by Kutani team is $100 one way

We got driven back to Dar by Omari, whose a careful driver and chatted to us all the way.

Overall, we really really enjoyed our stay at Ras Kutani and we highly recommend you stay here if you want a chilled out time with no hustle,kick off your shoes and relax!

We would love to come back again, thanks to all Kutani Team. All the best to you Susanna and Bass on your future plans you really do work well together!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Smallworldmarketing, Public Relations Manager at Ras Kutani, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thank you so much for your gorgeous review of Ras Kutani - we are thrilled you loved your stay and enjoyed getting to know our wonderful staff. They should all be wearing name badges on at all times so we will certainly follow up with this. I'm glad that you enjoyed being in the suites...they are beautiful rooms!

Please come back and see us again soon!
Karibu tena
Selous Safari Company team

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