Saadani National Park
Saadani National Park is where the beach and the woods meet, so go on a safari there. It is the only national park in East Africa that is bordered by the Indian Ocean. You may observe animals soaking up the sun on the beaches of the Indian Ocean at the park. The park is home to a large variety of animals that may be viewed during game drives and walking safaris, as well as all the features that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands so well-liked among European sun worshippers. This is one of the locations in Tanzania where visitors sunbathing during their free time may be disturbed by an elephant walking by or a lion approaching the neighboring waterhole to drink.
Since the 1960s, the park has been preserved as a game reserve, and in 2002 it was doubled in size. Prior to the late 1990s, poaching in the park was a serious problem. However, in recent years, poaching has decreased because to excellent cooperation with the nearby villages.
Giraffes, buffaloes, warthogs, common waterbucks, reedbucks, hartebeests, wildebeests, red duikers, larger kudus, elands, sable antelopes, yellow baboons, and velvet monkeys are among the animals that may be found at Saadani National Park. With increasing regularity, herds of up to 30 elephants are seen, along with many lion prides, leopards, spotted hyenas, and black-backed jackals.
A high probability of seeing hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of marine and riverine birds, including as the mangrove kingfisher and lesser flamingo, comes with boat cruises on the mangrove-lined Wami River. One of the remaining significant green turtle breeding grounds on Tanzania’s continental territory is the beaches.
There are charter aircraft available to get you to the park from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam. There is also a four-hour, three-times-weekly vehicle shuttle service from Dar es Salaam.
No access to the shore by road from Dar es Salaam – Follow the paved Moshi route for 160 km (100 miles), then go 60 km (36 miles) on dirt roads. Road access between Tanga and Pangani is possible, except periods of severe rain, when four-wheel drive is necessary.
Where to stay
In Saadani National Park, there are a variety of lodges to choose from, ranging in price from cheap to luxurious. Depending on your preferences and financial situation, you will decide where to stay. Saadani Safari Lodge, Saadani River Lodge, and Saadani Guest House are just a few of the lodging possibilities in Saadani National Park.
Which season is ideal for visiting Saadani National Park?
The ideal time to visit Saadani National Park is from December to February and then from June to October, which are comparatively drier than March to May and November. However, visitors can go at any time of the year.