Around one hour south of Dar es Salaam, Ras Kutani is a tropical hideaway on the Tanzanian coast, far removed from the bustle of city life. The contrast is surprising, not least because the transition is so fast: one minute you're in the midst of Dar's shops and colourful heritage, the next a tranquil beach surrounded by Tanzania's lush coastal vegetation.
Palm trees and tranquil waters are the norm on holidays to the Ras Kutani Area, with a relaxed atmosphere inherent in all those people you have the chance to meet - from those manning stalls of fruit to the friendly staff at your lodge.
There are only two properties in the locale: Protea Hotel Amani Beach and eponymously named Ras Kutani. Amani Beach offers rustic flair complemented by barefoot luxury - its beachfront setting and lapping waves provide superb ingredients for peace and quiet.
The latter is set on a crescent of stunning white beach and is a luxurious offering with rustic flair. From the comfortable lodge discover a rich biodiversity, with a number of species found nearby. The lush costal forest that acts as Ras Kutani's backdrop is home to three species of monkey, one of which is the black and white colobus, and over 132 types of tree. Take a stroll through the forest's natural beauty spotting colourful gossamer-winged butterflies along the way. Marine life are also part of the ecology with the beaches a hatching ground for green turtles, which appear every year. The chance to watch baby turtles make their way to the ocean for the first time is completely unforgettable and a must see.
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