Information

Location

On the Indian Ocean, south coast of Dar es Salaam, 25kms south of the Kigamboni ferry GPS
co-ordinates of Ras Kutani Airstrip:6 ° 56 ' 31 " S - 39 ˚ 29 ' 66 " E
Rwy 900m, elev 160', 16/34  GPS co-ordinates of Ras Kutani Main Camp: 6 ° 56 ' 13 " S - 39 ˚ 30 ' 9.4 " E

Travel

Flying
Charter flight from Dar es Salaam to Ras Kutani private airstrip.  Contact Reservations or your tour operator for more information on discounts we are running for this service. Approximate flight time from Dar es Salaam is 10 mins.  All guests will be collected from the Ras Kutani airstrip and within 15 minutes will arrive in camp. Safari Airlink fly on inducement direct between Siwandu and Ras Kutani

Driving
From Dar es Salaam there are three optional routes, both of which, depending on traffic, will take approximately 90 mins.  Please contact reservations@selous.com for a map.

Seasons

From June to August, Ras Kutani offers a very pleasant beach experience, away from the fierce African heat of the later months, with a cool temperature range of 16˚C at night to high 20˚C during the day.  The weather tends to be dry and sunny but cool in the evenings with the southerly “kusi” winds perhaps inviting guests to place a light blanket on their bed.  This is also the season to watch turtles hatch on the beach and glimpse the breaching and blowing of the migrating humpback whales.    As the months edge towards the short rains, expected between November and December, the temperatures will begin to rise during the months of September and October.  With fans in all our accommodation it is still very comfortable to sleep at night and with bright blue skies it's a wonderful time to enjoy the beach life during the day.  The short rains which follow usually offers some light showers or rain overnight so is unlikely to spoil your holiday.   From mid-December to February, the northerly “kaskazi” winds pick up which provides a pleasant cooling of the increasing temperatures, which range between mid 20˚C at night and mid 30˚C during the day.  Most days provide plenty of sunshine but guests should be careful of the powerful African sun especially during the midday danger hours.  During the long rains, in April and May, the camp is closed.

Activities

The beach at Ras Kutani stretches out to open water and is not affected by the shallow reef tides of other areas.  With the added benefit of weak currents, our beach makes for great swimming at all times. The water temperatures are pleasant at all times of the year.   The marine equipment including kayaks, masks, snorkels, fins and boogie boards are complimentary and subject to availability.  Please bear in mind that our sea is open water and therefore not protected by a reef and therefore snorkelling conditions need to be assessed on a daily basis.  No lifeguard is on duty so please take care.  
The forest walk is self-guided, with guests picking up a map and list of trees from the reception. 

Village walks are pre-arranged and require a guide from our staff so please discuss with your managers on arrival to ensure we can accommodate your request.  

Bookings for the spa are made on site and are subject to availability and paid on the final bill.

Child policy

Due to safety concerns and other guests’ enjoyment of the camps we accept children from six years old with international bookings and children from 10 years old with resident bookings.  At Ras Kutani we have a limit of four children (aged 6 – 11) at any one time.  Children in camp are the responsibility of the parent or guardian at all times.

Booking

Tour Operators and Tanzanian residents are welcome to contact us directly for accommodation rates, please email reservations@selous.com.

Selous Safari Company recommend international guests book via an African specialist – their vast knowledge and experience will help plan your ideal itinerary and ensure you organise a perfect holiday. If you require recommendations of reputable tour operators please contact us.

Rates & money

Rates include full room and board, in the bush camps two safari activities per day, vehicle transfers to and from Ras Kutanin airstrip, filtered drinking water, tea & coffee, laundry service (please note due to Tanzanian culture we are unable to accept ladies underwear but do provide washing powder in the rooms). The rates exclude drinks, spa treatments, Tourism Development Levy, gratuities of a personal nature, Flying Doctors Medivac Insurance Policy and tips.

Final bills are payable in US Dollars, Tanzanian Shillings, Euros and Pounds Sterling; credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Amex) but a 5% surcharge is applicable.

Please be aware US Dollars will only be accepted if they are post-issue 2006.

Please note our camps are situated in remote locations and therefore after Dar es Salaam you will not have access to an ATM or bank.

All rooms are fitted with a small safe which can be programmed by the guest.

Health & dietary

For those guests with specific dietary requests or allergies please notify your tour operators or Selous Safari Company directly on booking.

Selous Safari Company highly recommend visiting your doctor or travel clinic before travelling to Tanzania to ensure you have the correct vaccinations and medication.

Tanzania is a malaria zone; the best precaution is to be well prepared.

  • Travel with plenty of insect repellent – we can recommend any citronella based repellents and MosiGuard as it is not only effective but also natural.
  • Pack long sleeved shirts and trousers for the evening.
  • Keep mosquito nets closed from sunset.
  • Carry antihistamine or hydrochortozone cream to reduce itching.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day; recommended amount is between 2-3 litres per day to avoid dehydration.

Power, Phone Signal & Internet

Power in camp is 240 VAC powered by solar panels and generator.  In each cottage or suite there is lighting, fan inside the mosquito net and two 24hour power wall sockets (British three-pin) - hairdryers can be used during generator hours.  

In the camp there is mobile phone signal, including Tanzania’s main network suppliers (Airtel, Vodacom, Tigo).  We offer a limited free of charge wifi facility around the pool area, please be patient as it works off a mobile provider which can fluctuate in reliability especially if guests are up/downloading large items.

Luggage & Suggested Packing List

On all light weight aircraft in Tanzania there is a strict weight restriction of 15kg / 33lbs and soft bags are requested for easy storage.

Below is a suggested packing list for Ras Kutani

  • Neutral khaki coloured safari clothing, no bright or dark colours.
  • Selous can get very hot so we recommend cotton, lightweight shorts and short sleeve shirts.
  • Comfortable walking shoes – no need for heavy hiking books as walking is even and the bush not thick.
  • Swimsuit.

  • Binoculars.
  • Torch.
  • Bird and game books.
  • Camera equipment, including plenty of memory capacity and waterproof cover/ziplock bag.
  • Plug adaptors (British three pin plug is required).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Widebrimmed sunhat – preferably with a head strap for game drives.
  • High SPF sunscreen.
  • Basic first aid kit including mosquito repellent and antihistamine cream.
Check out time

Our check out time is at 10h00.  Guests who would like to stay beyond this time will be a charged a late departure fee – please check with our reservations department for costs

For any further questions on Ras Kutani or any other Selous Safari Company property, please contact us