Palm trees sway in a cooling oceanic breeze... White sand and blue water sparkle alluringly beneath the tropical sun... Traditional dhows sail slowly past, propelled by billowing white sails, while Swahili fishermen cast their nets below a brilliant red sunrise... Elephants strolling by for a drink from a nearby waterhole...

Saadani is where the beach meets the bush. The only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast an Indian Ocean beachfront, it possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands so popular. Yet it is also the one place where those idle hours of sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past, or a lion coming to drink at the nearby waterhole!

Located only 130 km north of Dar es Salaam and directly to the west of Zanzibar, Gazetted in 2004, Saadani is Tanzania's newest national park and the only coastal wildlife sanctuary in East Africa. Covering an area of approximately 1,100 sq km, the park offers visitors the unique opportunity to observe Africa's big game and birdlife interacting with the sea - an ideal location in which one can relax on Indian Ocean beaches after each safari.

Saadani national park has a diverse population of mammals and birds inhabiting the coast as well as along the Wami River and forest areas: elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, colobus monkeys, hippopotami, crocodile, red duiker, greater kudu, eland, and the rare Roosevelt sable can be seen here. A wide selection of marine and riverine birds, including the mangrove kingfisher, pelicans and lesser flamingo - making this park a haven for bird watchers and ornithologists. The little tidal sand island not far from the beachfront at Saadani is one of the last major green turtle breeding sites on mainland Tanzania. Dolphins are also very often spotted here during boat rides out at sea.

This is therefore the only park that uniquely offers a choice of a driving safari, a guided walk in the wild, a boat safari on the mangrove-lined Wami River, as well as a beach holiday all in the same area. This makes the park ideal for honeymooners or those wanting a short break but who want to enjoy a safari in the sun together with a beach.

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Selous Game Reserve  -  Ruaha National Park  -  Mikumi National Park  -  Saadani National Park

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