Saadani National Park;
Size: 1,062sq km (415sq miles)
Distance from Dar-es-Salaam: 200 km (124 miles)
Most popular tours visiting Saadani National Park:
We organize excursions to Saadani National Park as tailor-made-tours only.
The park is situated between Dar-es-Salaam (200 km, 4 hours) and Tanga (75km, 3 hours) and borders the mainland coast.
The Saadani National Park is home to a variable mix of both marine and mainland flora and fauna. The vegetation in the park is quite unique and includes mangrove forests around the winding Wami River and ocean, clumps of palm trees, coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, short and tall-grass savannah and the harsh black cotton plains.
In terms of wildlife, Saadani has a thriving population of waterbucks, wildebeests, hartebeests, reedbucks, buffaloes and giraffes. Warthogs, baboons and colobus monkeys are often spotted, while elephants, lions and leopards are quite shy. But even for ornithologists this place is truly spectacular.
A boat safari on the Wami River is a true highlight for any visitor and apart from pods of hippos and huge crocodiles, malachite; pied and even giant kingfishers can also be seen. Other common birds include the wooly necked stork, common sandpipers, lilac-breasted rollers, palm nut vultures, fish eagles and ground hornbills.
Activities in Saadani National Park include;
Boat safaris and
Walking safaris accompanied by an armed ranger.
Historical tours to the old Saadani fishing village to see the remains of buildings that existed when this place was a bustling port trading ivory and slaves, can also be organized. Even cultural tours to the main ethnic tribes in the area (Waswahili, Wazigua and Wadoe) are on offer.
Further ethnic groups from other regions have also migrated to the region because of better trade opportunities. The Wamangati, originally from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, send their cattle to Zanzibar on traditional dhows in order to make a living.
Unlike in other national parks in Tanzania, visitors can combine a safari with a relaxing beach stay in Saadani National Park. The beaches are clean and lined with palm trees. Saadani’s coast is hot and humid and swimming is pleasant with the ocean’s temperatures usually reaching around 25°C.
Maziwe reef can easily be reached by boat from anywhere along the Saadani coast. Saadani National Park is a place for adventurous and luxury travelers as well as families.
Accommodation on offer includes public campsites, luxury lodges and tented camps in- and outside the National Park.
How to get to Saadani national Park;
Saadani is usually visited from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar, and there are scheduled flights connecting all three. The lodges in Saadani also organize road and boat transfers from Dar-es-Salaam on request.
Your entry point in Tanzania is usually Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) near Dar es Salaam. In most cases, your tour operator will pick you up from the airport and handle all further ground operations or domestic flights. Chartered flights from Arusha town, the base for the northern safari circuit, are also available.
Charter flights are typically booked by your tour operator as part of your safari tour. Scheduled flights to Saadani can be booked with several carriers:
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