Saadani is a national park that is often overlooked. Its location is special because it is on the coast, because it is the only national park where you can combine an adventure safari with a relaxing stay at beautiful white beaches with many palm trees. It is allowing you to observe wildlife in a unique environment. Saadani is the only national park on the coast of East Africa. It is where the beach meets the bush – the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast for an Indian Ocean beachfront.
It as well possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands very popular with European sun-worshipers. 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! It offers a variety of landscapes: mangroves, large coral reefs, sea and beach with many palm trees, savannah and cotton fields.
Wildlife in Saadani National park
Wildlife in Saadani national park includes four of the Big Five. Although it is very hard to spot them, because the numbers are low and the animals are usually hiding. Because this park is located next to the local villages and animals try to avoid interaction with local people. As they see them as their enemies.
You can also find a population of Masai giraffes. And you find Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, common waterbucks and bohor reedbucks, blue wildebeests, common and red duikers, Dik-Diks. Others are yellow baboons, vervet and blue sykes monkeys as well as Colobus and White-bearded emperor tamarin monkeys, mongooses, genets and porcupines. And also greater kudus, elands, sable antelopes, warthogs, hippos, crocodiles and nile monitors live in Saadani national park. African bush elephants, lions and leopards are a bit more shy here. But with a bit of luck you might spot them too! You can see herds of up to 30 elephants with increased frequency. And several lion prides are inhabitants, together with leopards, spotted hyenas and black-backed jackals.
Since 2005, the protected area is considered a Lion Conservation Unit. The Wami River is home to the beautiful mangrove kingfisher and lesser flamingo. And the beaches form one of the last major green turtle breeding sites on mainland Tanzania.