Saadani National Park
Area Size: 1,100 km2
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 with European sun-worshippers. 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.
Around the national park grazers and primates are seen on game drives and walks. These animals include giraffe, buffalo, warthog, common waterbuck, reedbuck, hartebeest, wildebeest, red duiker, greater kudu, eland, sable antelope, yellow baboon and vervet monkey. Herds of up to 30 elephants are encountered with increasing frequency and several lion prides are resident - along with leopard, spotted hyena and black-backed jackal.
Boat trips on the mangrove-lined Wami River come with a high chance of sighting hippos, crocodiles and a selection of marine and riverine birds, including the mangrove kingfisher and lesser flamingo. The beaches form one of the last major green turtle breeding sites on mainland Tanzania.