Wildlife Safari To Saadani National Park
Saadani National Park is where the beach meets the bush. The only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast an Indian Ocean beachfront, it possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands so popular with European sun-worshippers. Yet it is also the one place where those idle hours of sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past, or a lion coming to drink at the nearby waterhole! Protected as a game reserve since the 1960s, Saadani was gazette as a national park in 2002, when it was expanded to cover twice its former area. The reserve suffered greatly from poaching prior to the late 1990s, but recent years have seen a marked turnaround, due to a concerted clampdown on poachers, based on integrating adjacent villages into the conservation drive.
Wildlife Safari To Saadani National Park – Best Known For
Today, a surprisingly wide range of grazers and primates is seen on game drives and walks. Herds of up to 30 elephants are encountered with increasing frequency, and several lion prides are resident, together with leopard, spotted hyena and black-backed jackal. Boat trips on the mangrove-lined Wami River come with a high chance of sighting hippos, crocodiles and a selection of marine and riverine birds, including the mangrove kingfisher and lesser flamingo, while the beaches form one of the last major green turtle breeding sites on mainland Tanzania.
- Only Saadani National Park bordering the sea.
- Offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland flora & fauna in a culturally fascinating setting.
- Green turtles visit its beaches to breed and lay their eggs.
- Tourists can view animals basking along the Indian Ocean shores.
- Saadani is one of East Africa’s most important breeding sites for marine turtles, and dolphins are occasionally seen off the shore.
When To Go Saadani
- An area of 1100 Sq. Kms
- Located in the centre of the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar
- Nearest major town is Tanga.
- Climate is Coastal which is mainly hot and humid with seasonal rains combined with Savannah landscapes.
- The park’s game is at its best, or at least is most easily seen, during the dry seasons
- Generally accessible all-year round, but the access roads are sometimes impassable during April to May. Best time to visit is between January to February and June to August.
Type Of Activities
- Safari drives in and around the Saadani National Park.
- Perfect combination of Beach and bush.
- Boat safari on the Wami River.
- Bird watching
- Popular with birdwatchers, guided walks are best undertaken in the early morning cool.
- Explore the Swahili ruins in Saadani village, a relic of its 19th century heyday as a trade port
- Village visits to the bordering villages to experience local culture
- Game drives, available at all the lodges, come with a good chance of spotting elephant, giraffe, buffalo, warthog and various antelope.