Ras Kutani Beach - Tanzania 2016
Our 2016 Tanzania Eclipse Tour has the Ras Kutani Beach Adventure to add on, making it a diverse, colourful trip.
OPTIONAL EXTRA: 4 Day Beach adventure
2 September - 5 September
Day 1 Arrive on mafia island
Fly from Katavi airstrip in a private shared charter (13 Seater Cessna Caravan). You will be dropped off at Ras Kutani airstrip south of Dar es Salaam. Enjoy lunch and an afternoon relaxing on the beach. Accommodation is provided at Ras Kutani Beach Lodge. All Meals Included.
Days 2 & 3 days of leisure in luxury
After breakfast, enjoy cool drinks by the pool, a game of traditional bao in the lounge, or head to the beach and get white Indian ocean sand between your toes. Get onto Swahili time in a hammock, go on a bird walk, or snorkel over a wreck. If you’re lucky you may even get to see endangered Green Turtles hatching from their nest just down the beach. Lunches will be prepared using fresh catch from the ocean, greens from the lodge garden, and all with a swahili twist. Let time stand still as you unwind after your safari. Try your hand at body surfing, kayaking or simply work your way through the beach cocktail menu. Dinners are open air with the cool ocean breeze. Accommodation is provided at Ras Kutani Beach Lodge. All Meals Included.
Day 4 return to dar es salaam
Today after a final breakfast overlooking the beautiful blue ocean, you’ll be transferred back to Dar es Salaam by road (1 hour drive in private transfer).
Accommodation: Ras Kutani Lodge
Constructed from locally sustainable natural materials, the accommodation blends seamlessly into Ras Kutani’s exquisite environment, offering al fresco luxury living with a Swahili twist. There are nine beach cottages on either side of the main restaurant and bar building and pool area, all with ocean views and gentle breezes. Under the thatch, a spacious veranda unfurls with comfortable kikoi seating and lazy-making hammocks. The hard wood shutters lead through to the beautifully decorated interiors; the majestic double bed and fan surrounded by a billowing mosquito net and on to the generous ensuite bathroom. Other rooms are available on request and supplemental cost (suites or bush cottages).
PRICE: $1399 / £978
Single Supplement $399 / £280
Meals and accommodation as specified in itinerary. Private charter flight to Ras Kutani airstrip. Shared charter to Dar Es Salaam. Tea, coffee, bottled water and laundry services. Airport transfers.
Travel insurance, visas and items of a personal nature. Alcoholic drinks (available and payable in cash at the lodges). Extra activities not described.
ABOUT MAFIA ISLAND
Mafia Island Marine Park (the first in Tanzania) was opened in July 1995. The project is backed by the WWF which contributes human and financial resources for its development and maintenance.
The Mafia archipelago is formed of a number of very large islands and small uninhabited coral atolls. The island is the meeting place of large oceanic fish and the vast variety of fish common to the Indian Ocean coral reefs. There are over 400 species of fish in the park. The Park is a paradise for both expert scuba divers as well as those wishing to snorkel or sail in the native local boats from island to island. At present the international diving community has not 'discovered' the surrounding reefs of Mafia which makes for amazing diving for guests in genuinely pristine conditions.
Mafia is also a refuge for whale sharks and there are excursions to snorkel with these gentle giants of the ocean - highly recommended.
The Mafia archipelago is situated about 130 km south of Dar es-Salaam and about 25 km from the mainland. Chole Bay, Mafia's protected deep-water anchorage and the original harbour, is studded with islands, sandbanks and beaches. The clear, protected waters offer wonderful snorkeling, sailing and swimming for Tanzania Safari visitors. Outside the Bay an unbroken reef runs the length of the island, from Tutia in the south to Ras Mkumbi at the northern tip.
On land, the rich variety of vegetation is dominated by large palm groves. In some areas there are baobab trees dotting the typical African savannah and there are also fruit trees in many areas, mainly mango and cashew trees.
The archipelago's birdlife undergoes significant seasonal variations according to the passing migrants, so Tanzania Safari ornithology enthusiasts can have wildly differing experiences depending on the season! Falcons and fish eagles build their nests on both the small and larger islands.