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Ras Kutani: Interesting Facts
Ras Kutani: In depth
Ras Kutani is a 15 minute charter flight south of Dar es Salaam, on the Tanzanian mainland coast. It is beautifully secluded spot that is still a hidden gem in comparison to the more popular beaches of Zanzibar.
The sandy paths wind through the undergrowth leading to the main restaurant area, the swimming pool and guest rooms. The main area is all completely open and blends in fantastically with the surrounding environment. It is relaxed, laid back and the restaurant staff are always there, on hand, to attend to any requests.
The standard rooms are spread along the coast with views overlooking the sea and the fresh water lagoon. They are large open, private huts that come with a thatched roof and a spacious veranda where you can relax in complete privacy. The suites are similar but much bigger and sit further up in the forest with a spectacular panoramic view of the coast line and monkeys for companions. They also have a private plunge pool which can be a perfect honeymoon treat.
It is quite easy to spend a day at Ras Kutani lying on the comfortable beach, reading a book and enjoying the service of the friendly and ever attentive waiters. Equally, you can borrow a kayak and go exploring the mangroves or watch baby turtles hatching on the beach and make their desperate dash for the Indian Ocean!
The food is also incredible, with lots of fresh fish and meat being cooked up on an open BBQ in the evening. It caters for everyone on a Tanzanian holiday .
Ras Kutani is a beach paradise that completely destroys anywhere on Zanzibar in its price bracket, and long may that continue!
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Matemwe Lodge is a great, small lodge with fantastic, rustic rooms and wonderful views out to Mnemba Island. The only slight issue is the beach, which although good, is not quite as good as others on the island. However, we love Matemwe for offering a great escape from the hustle and bustle that surrounds much of Zanzibar. The lodge offers a top level of service, great food and most of all has a trusty history.