Gazetted in 2005, Saadani National Park is one of Tanzania’s most recently established wildlife sanctuaries and is the only one that borders the sea i,e at Saadani is where the beach meets the bush. .Located only 130 km (62miles) northwest of Dar es salaam, a similar distance southwest of the port of Tanga. and directly to the west of Zanzibar Island, Saadani is the only coastal wildlife sanctuary in East Africa which not only means relaxing on Indian Ocean beaches after each safari, but provides the opportunity to observe Africa’s big game and birds life interacting with the sea.
Gazetted a National Park in 2002, Saadani measuring about 1100 sq. km in size, has a diverse population of mammals and birds. Elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, colobus monkey, hippo, crocodile and the rare Roosevelt sable can be seen here.
In general, Saadani offers a choice of a
- Game driving safari,
- Guided nature walks,
- Boat trip on the Wami Rivers.
- Visit Saadani fishing village, which lies within the reserve, where a collection of ruins pays testament to its 19th century heyday as a major trading port.
How to Get there?
- Charter flight from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam with a possibility of scheduled flights in the future.
- Thrice-weekly road shuttle from Dar es Salaam, taking four hours in either direction.
- 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.