A unique park on the east coast of Tanzania, Saadani National Park is a great place to visit for a short safari if you're based in Dar es Salaam. We recommend combining it with the Nyerere and Ruaha to enjoy a classic southern circuit safari. While Saadani may not boast quite the same number of wildlife species as its neighbors, game viewing is still incredible with lion, leopard, giraffe, hippos, and waterbuck.
Tanzania's most recent and smallest national park, Saadani, covers an area of just 250 sq km from the Wami River in the south to the Milgazi River in the north, with the Moshi railway line as the western boundary. Whilst the game here is not as prolific as in other Tanzanian parks, Saadani has a magical atmosphere and the game viewing is respectable. Where else can you walk from beach and into the bush, it's a great place to start your holiday or relax after a longer safari.
In addition to conventional game drives on a Saadani National Park safari there is also the opportunity for bush walks and river safaris. Four of the 'Big Five' are present (no rhino here) and there are healthy populations of giraffe, reedbuck, waterbuck, eland, zebra, buffalo, warthog and smaller antelopes. The lion population is increasing and sightings are now commonplace.
A boat safari on the Wami River is a highlight, with hippos and large crocodiles basking on the sandbanks. At Madete beach there is a green turtle nesting site and on a rare occasion the early riser is rewarded with the strange sight of the park's elephant playing on the beach and in the surf, a photographic opportunity not to be missed! Birdlife in Saadani is superb with coastal, riverine, grassland and woodland species in abundance.
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