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SaadaniNational Park

Saadani National Park is situated in the centre of historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar. The park is bordered by the Indian Ocean on the eastern side while the Wami River forms the southern boundary of the Park. It is the youngest National Park in Tanzania, with the unique distinction of being the only costal wildlife sanctuary on the eastern coast of Africa. It can be reached from both Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar Island easily.

Saadani National Park offers one of the unique safari environments as it hosts some of the rarest combination of river, bush and beach. It has something stored for everyone. It not only offers splendid game drives but you can also opt for walking safaris, boat safaris on the Wami River, snorkelling off-shore sand islands, swimming or enjoying a beach picnics. The parks some of most stunning views with lined palm trees, white sandy beaches and magnificent views of the blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

Saadani offers one of most the varied wildlife, you can see Lions, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, warthogs, common waterbucks, reedbucks, hartebeests, wildebeests, red duikers, greater kudus, elands, sable antelopes, yellow baboons and velvet monkeys. You can also spot Hippo, sea dolphins and crocodiles.

You Will See

Buffalo

Buffalo

100%
Giraffe

Giraffe

50%
Elephant

Elephant

100%
Zebra

Zebra

100%
Lion

Lion

80%

Fox

30%
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

70%
Leopard

Leopard

80%
Hippo

Hippo

90%
White Rhino

Rhino

0%

When to go

Saadani National Park is a year-round travel destination. However, the best time

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Saadani National Park is a year-round travel destination. However, the best time for seeing wildlife in Saadani is after the rains, in January and February, and from June to August. As the wildlife stays within the park as there would be plenty of water on the plains.

  • Best time to visit: January and February and June to August
  • Fair time to visit: September to December and March
  • Time to avoid: April and May (heavy rainfall)

Art & Culture

Visit to Saadani National Park would surely give you a unique experience.

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Visit to Saadani National Park would surely give you a unique experience. The third largest park is of deep cultural significance to the Waswahili, Wazingua, and Wadoe people, the main ethnic tribes of the area. If you are planning a trip to Saadani, then don’t forget to include in your to-do list a cultural trip to the Saadani Villages to know closely about their cultures.

Culinary

The cuisine of Saadani is unique and is mainly based on seafood. The two

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The cuisine of Saadani is unique and is mainly based on seafood. The two prized regional delicacies ugali (maize porridge) and fish which should not be missed. Ugali (cornmeal) and vitumbua (rice cakes) are common dishes which are relished by the resident and tourists alike. However, your Saadani culinary sample is incomplete if you have not tried the “Kashata”. It is a sweet delicacy made from coconut and groundnuts.

Tusker beer, a type beer is cherished by the locals. While in the morning you can enjoy the well-loved non-alcoholic drink Tamarind nectar, which is also very famous.

How to go

Saadani National Park can be reached by roadways, waterways and airways, however,

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Saadani National Park can be reached by roadways, waterways and airways, however, airways is the easiest mode of transportation.

Airways:

Charter flights are available from Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar. It takes around 30 minutes to reach Saadani.

Roadways:

Daily bus services from Dar Es Salaam’s Mbezi transport stand to Saadani is also available, which takes around five to six hours of journey time.

There is also a vehicle service from Bagamoyo via Msata on the main Chalinze–Arusha road, which usually takes three hours to reach Saadani.

Waterways:

Private charter boats are also available from Zanzibar and Bagamoyo which generally take 2 – 3 hours.

Activites

Saadani National Park offers an array of activities which you can do during your

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Saadani National Park offers an array of activities which you can do during your visit to the park. Listed below are some of the activities:

  • Chimp Trekking
  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Forest trails
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling

What to see?

Saadani National Park hosts a varied wildlife, you can also see marine life at

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  • Game Drive
  • Walking Safari
  • Bird Safari
  • Boat Safari
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling
  • Hiking
  • Cultural Trips

The Uniqueness of Saadani National Park

  • Saadani National Park has the distinction of being the only coastal reserve in East Africa.
  • It has unique combination of mainland and marine flora and fauna.
  • The beaches at Saadani are the main places North of Dar es Salaam where ocean turtles still go to lay their eggs.

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