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Safari in Saadani National Park, Saadani National Park is where the beach meets the bush. It is the only national park in East Africa with an Indian Ocean beachfront. The park gives you an opportunity to see animals basking along the Indian Ocean shores. The park boats of a wide range of wildlife which can be seen during game drives and walking safaris and all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands very popular with European sun-worshipers. This is one of the places in Tanzania where those tourists at idle hours of sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past or a lion coming to drink at the nearby waterhole
The park was protected as a game reserve since the 1960s and then in 2002 it was expanded to cover twice its former area. The park suffered greatly from poaching before to the late 1990s but in recent years there has been a turnaround and poaching has been control with great collaborations with the neighboring villages.
What to see in Saadani National Park
Animals that are found in Saadani National Park include giraffes, buffaloes, warthogs, common waterbucks, reedbucks, hartebeests, wildebeests, red duikers, greater kudus, elands, sable antelopes, yellow baboons and velvet monkeys. Herds of up to 30 elephants are encountered with increasing frequency, and several lion prides are inhabitants, together with leopards, spotted hyenas and black-backed jackals. Boat trips on the mangrove-lined Wami River come along with a high chance of sighting hippos, crocodiles and a selection of marine and riverine birds, including the mangrove kingfisher and lesser flamingo. The beaches form one of the last major green turtle breeding sites on mainland Tanzania.
How to get to Saadani National Park
Charter flights from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam are available to help you access the park. Thrice-weekly road shuttle from Dar es Salaam which takes four hours in either direction is also available.
No road access from Dar es Salaam along the coast – Follow the surfaced Moshi road for 160km (100 miles), then 60km (36 miles) on dirt. Road access from Tanga and Pangani except after heavy rains 4×4 required.
Accommodation in Saadani National Park
Lodge options to stay in during safari in Saadani National Park range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options in Saadani National Park include Saadani Safari Lodge, Saadani River Lodgeand Saadani Guest House among others.
What is the best time to visit Saadani National Park?
Visiting in Saadani National Park is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November.
Tanzania Visa and work permit Advice
You will need to purchase the tourist visa. Many tourists prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Tanzania but visas can be obtained easily upon arrival at any entry point in Tanzania upon paying USD100.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you contact your local Tanzanian embassy or here for the latest travel information to Tanzania.
Tanzania Vehicle Hire Services
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you organize transport in Tanzania depending on interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to see in the park. We recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers which costs from USD200-250 per vehicle per day with Driver/Fixer or 4×4 Safari Vans from USD200 per Van per day with driver. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your schedule to establish mileage and distance to be travelled.
What is the best time to see wildlife in Tanzania?
Sighting wildlife in Tanzania is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris your Safari Trip to Saadani National Park?
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing safari experiences to Tanzania. We are also highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor. We combine Tanzania safaris with eco-friendly and unforgettable high-end adventure and wildlife safaris that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities, these include gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 safaris and game viewing, Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions and Cultural encounters to give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including popular and great African safari destinations Kenya, Botswana and Namibia. Feel free to contact us about the Things to do in Saadani National Park.