“Where the Bush meets the Beach”
Saadani is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the Indian Ocean. Gazetted in 2005, it encompasses a well-preserved ecosystem including the former Saadani game reserve, the former Mkwaja ranch area, the Wami River as well as the Zaraninge Forest.
Many villages are dotted around the boundaries of the park. Saadani village itself once was an important harbor-town and slave-trading centre in East Africa. Nowadays it is a small Swahili village of about 800 inhabitants whose livelihood is mostly fishing.
Bird watchers will be treated to not-often-seen migratory birds that love the shore.
The coastal vegetation zones range from seashore full of palm trees, through the tidal mangrove forest that form a buffer between ocean and land, to the Wami River shore where the huge sycamore fig is found. Its semi open woodlands closely resembles the Selous game reserve, while the vast grassy area close to the tourism office is named ‘Serengeti Ndogo’ (Small Serengeti) and lives up to the expectations.niNational
Saadani is a one of a kind paradise where beach life meets wilderness. This gives you not only the opportunity to plunge into the Indian Ocean straight after your safari, but also to be submerged in a unique display of both marine and mainland flora and fauna in a naturally fascinating setting.
Sadaani National Park is on the north coast roughly 100kms northwest of Dar-es- salaam and a similar distance Southwest of the port of Tanga.
- Dry season: July – September
- Wet season: November – May
- Less rainy in December – February
- Best time to visit: June – September.
Getting to Saadani
- The park is accessible by road or air.
1. Dar es Salaam – Chalinze – village of Mandera (good tarmac road, 160 km.
About 2-3 hours drive) then from Mandera village drive to Mvave Gate –
Saadani National Park tourism office (rough road,65 km about 2 hours drive).
2. From Tanga town via Pangani to Mkwaja Gate (earth road 120 km, about 3-5
3. From Dar es Salaam drive north to Saadani via Bagamoyo
Charter flights from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar or Tanga or Arusha and other major towns.