Saadani National Park
Saadani is the latest national park to be added to Tanzania’s already impressive portfolio. It has the unique distinction of being East Africa’s only coastal wildlife reserve.
The park is located 130 km North of Dar es Salaam, between Bagamoyo and Pangani, and only 27 km from Zanzibar. Saadani is the closest wildlife reserve geographically to both tourist destinations.
Its location along the coast offers ample opportunity to relax along the beach after each of your safari excursions – not to mention beautiful views of the Indian Ocean.
The park provides a unique and thrilling opportunity to observe the interaction of African wildlife with the ocean.
Bottled-nosed dolphins are commonly spotted off the Southern coast of the reserve. Whales can regularly be seen passing through the Zanzibar Channel in the months of October and November. And there is a green turtle breeding beach at Madete in the North of the reserve.
Saadani has a diverse population of birds and mammals including the rare Roosevelt sable.
The Southern boundary is marked by the navigable Wami River, which attracts fabulous birdlife as well as hippos, crocodiles, black and white colobus monkeys and blue monkeys.
A boat safari on the Wami River is billed as one of the highlights of any visit to Saadani.
Frequently seen game includes healthy populations of giraffe, buffalo, reedbuck, waterbuck, zebra, Liechtenstein’s hartebeest, wildebeest, warthog, baboon and a plethora of bird life.
A walking safari is a thrilling experience, uninhibited by the presence of noisy vehicles. The realization of the unknown natural presence around you is emphasized by every noise. Your senses become attuned to your surroundings and you gain a greater appreciation for the celebrated Tanzanian wildlife within the park.
Saadani is unique and undoubtedly will become yet another major attraction in Tanzania’s outstanding collection of natural wonders.
With a controlled management of resources, improved infrastructure, protection of the wildlife and increased promotion, the future for Saadani National Park is looking positive.
Source: Tanzania Tourist Board
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