Saadani National Park


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Wami River, Saadani National Park, Tanzania
Wami River, Saadani National Park, Tanzania
About Saadani National Park
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Parks total area:
1100 km² (425 mi²)
Year established:
1969
Anti-malarial:
Recommended
Park wildlife:
  • A rare, African animal habitat on the oceanside
  • Whales, dolphins, sea turtles and coral reefs
  • Wildlife viewing of four of the big five
  • Best times of year to visit is May through October

Saandani National Park is a 1100 km² (425 mi²) wildlife sanctuary on Tanzania’s eastern coast adjacent to the island of Zanzibar. Thanks to its Indian Ocean coastline, Saandani is one of the few African parks to offer both aquatic and terrestrial tours. Along the coast dolphins are common and Green sea turtles can be spotted. During the October and November migration, whales swim through the Zanzibar channel. Even when creatures are not swimming around, exquisite coral reefs flourish in the pristine ocean off the coast of Tanzania. Further inland, the park is diverse grasslands and forest home to buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion.

Many adventure types are available in Saandani, including game drives, canoe tours, walking safaris and birdwatching. Adventurers are likely to spot antelope, monkeys, and giraffes in addition to four of the big five. Saadani is a five hour’s drive from the international airport in Dar es Salaam and three hours from Tanga. There are daily buses between the park and Dar es Salaam, Tanga and the village of Mkwaja, respectively. 

When to visit Saadani National Park

October and November are best for whale watching. The park is subject to the region’s rainy and dry seasons. During the rainy seasons, the south end of the park is very muddy and largely inaccessible. The best time to visit is during the dry season of May through October. 

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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jan 17, 2014   |   Visited: Jan 2008.
When I was in Zanzibar I noticed there were a few places that were a very short plane ride away. One was Saadani. I decided to check out this less-visited park and spent two days there. It's very lush and tropical and I did not see as many animals as I was hoping; mainly Colubus monkeys. It is a nice break for those looking for some sea, sand and a bit of wildlife.
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I saw

Elephant
Suni
Hippopotamus
Nile crocodile
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(3/5 stars) Written on: May 31, 2013   |   Visited: Apr 2012.
We had an awesome experience at Saadani National Park. This park is unique in many ways, one of them being its the only national park bordering the sea.

After a 5 day trip in northern Tanzania we came to Saadani for some peace and tranquility. We arrived by air to Saadani airstrip. Our stay was at the Saadani lodge, a relaxing beautiful lodge in the heart of snp... read more

I saw

Leopard
Hippopotamus
Nile crocodile
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Safari suitability: 7 / 10
Four out of the big five, ocean safaris with whales and sea turtles are special attractions. Slightly more remote location.
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Animals you can find

Leopard
Leopard
Lion
Lion
Elephant
Elephant
Genet cat
Genet cat
Giraffe
Giraffe
Wildebeest
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Bird watching
Bird watching
Boating / canoeing
Boating / canoeing
Bush walks
Bush walks
Photography
Photography

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