Saadani National Park offers bush-to-beach adventures like no other!
Saadani National Park is the only wildlife sanctuary located right on the coast of East Africa.
Saadani National Park
Saadani National Park is the only wildlife park in Tanzania that borders the Indian Ocean. It is one of a kind paradise which offers everything from bush to beach, walking safaris, game drives to boat trips. With an area of approximately 1062 km square, the size of the park is extended to include the former Saadani game reserve, the former Mkwaja ranch area, the Wami River, and the Zaraninge Forest.
If you wish to experience all that Saadani has to offer and make the most out of your safari and beach vacation, we recommend you visit this unique park during the dry season (June – September).
What safari animals can I see at Saadani National Park?
Both game drives and guided walks will take you into the heart of Saadani and give you a great chance of seeing zebras, buffalo, elephants, warthogs, giraffes, wildebeest, waterbuck, and even the elusive sable antelope. If you’re very lucky (and patient!) you might even be rewarded with the coveted sighting of a lion, leopard or spotted hyena.
Tanzania Bagamoyo Pwani/Beach
Head to the beach for one of Saadani’s most special displays, as this is one of the few remaining breeding sites for green turtles, while dolphins and humpback whales provide their own show in the Ocean beyond. A boat trip on the Wami River takes you up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles and flamingos, for an experience that will really set your heart racing, and bird-watchers can enjoy spotting the many rarely seen migratory birds that are attracted to these shores.
Ready to start planning a tailor-made safari to Saadani National Park? Our experts make planning your Tanzania safari experience a walk in the park. To help you with trip planning, browse our travel guide to find expert advice on safari in Saadani. Get inspired with our sample itineraries and let our Wito experts customize a dream trip just for you!
Want to explore Saadani National Park for a wildlife safari and beach adventure? Here are the best months to go.
The best to enjoy maximum game viewing is during the dry season, from June through September. In January and February, the park becomes a paradise for bird lovers.
The roads become inaccessible during the heavy rainy season, so many properties stay closed in April, May and November. We do not recommend travelling to Saadani during the wet season.
How to get to Saadani National Park?
The park is easy to access from Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Zanzibar. Below are approximate driving times:
- Tanga to Saadani: 2 hours drive
- Dar es Salaam to Saadani: 2-3 hours drive
This is what your typical safari in Saadani National Park would look like:
In the early morning, you will enjoy private game driving with your professional safari guide and vehicle. Our game drives are flexible depending on your preferences, so feel free to start your daily safari anytime you want.
Choose to roam Africa’s wide-open wilderness from dawn to dusk on a full-day game drive or enjoy a daily dose of morning and afternoon game drives, followed by a delicious hot lunch and a lion-like siesta! If you prefer to do a full-day game drive, we will provide you with a packed lunch so you can break whenever you would like to enjoy a classic safari picnic lunch made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients.
After a full-day safari in Saadani National Park, you will be taken to your handpicked safari camp or lodge, where you will unwind and savour some delicious food and sundowners.
Finally, to enhance your private guided Saadani National Park adventure, try boating, a guided village tour, fishing or even a once-in-a-lifetime biking safari. Why not experience this untouched wilderness on foot? Adding a walking safari to your safari in Saadani, your senses will tingle, your heart will race, and your vivid encounter with African wildlife – large and small – will forever be etched in your memory.
Ready to start planning? Select your preferred time to travel, then let a Wito Africa safari expert create an itinerary that meets your needs for a safari and incorporates the highlights of that season. We can save you time, money, headaches and heartache by helping you plan your dream safari. To start planning your safari in Saadani, please call us at 1-315.805.4040 or send our safari experts a message via email.
How to Plan Your Saadani Safari & Beach Like a Pro
There are many factors to consider when planning a Saadani safari in Tanzania. Deciding which reliable tour operator (s) to use for your dream African safari experience is not an easy task. With a sea of general online tour operators, it is hard to find the ONE that truly speaks to your discerning tastes and genuinely understands your travel needs and expectations.
Start by gathering enough information to help you decide on the best destination. Depending on your itinerary, you can start your Saadani National Park safari from Dar es Salaam or Tanga. During the dry season, Saadani has so much to offer. We suggest you spend at least two nights in this lovely park.
Similarly to many other national parks in Tanzania, Saadani National Park offers a unique setting for safari-goers to stay inside the park. You’ll stay in some of the most charming safari camps and lodges, where you will unwind and enjoy delicious food and sundowners.
With several accommodation options to choose from, we can guarantee that your safari experience will be meticulously created just for you with your specific interests, travel style and schedule. Everything will be tailored to your preference, allowing you to enjoy a perfect balance of comfort, adventure and maximum wildlife viewing. We will only recommend the places we have stayed in and inspected thoroughly, and we can guarantee you will be safe.
If you choose to explore the beauty of Saadani National Park on game drives, we highly recommend using qualified local safari guides. With our personalized trips, you will have control over your experience and enjoy all the flexibility you need to plan your daily game drives with your private safari guide.
You can decide when to start your trip and how long your daily game drives should last, as long as it is within the time set by the national park authorities (the park gates usually open at 06h00 and close at 18h30). Ultimately, you will have an opportunity to choose what you would like to do, when you would like to start your private safari trip, and where you would like to go.
At Wito Africa, we do not limit game drives by restricting drivers on the mileage they can travel per day. Therefore, we are happy to offer you an extensive all-day private game drive with a picnic lunch break between your game drives.
As a standard offering for all our experiences, we provide all meals, bottled drinking water, tea/coffee and juices at breakfast for the duration of your safari. We can accommodate all kinds of dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, halal, and kosher to pescatarian.
Moreover, bottled drinking water and soft drinks will be readily available throughout your safari experience with us. We have a stocked mini-fridge in the vehicle that will cool drinks whilst you enjoy your uninterrupted wildlife viewing from the comfort of your customized safari jeep.
Our unique approach to offering a stress-free safari experience starts with ensuring that you are well informed about the specific requirements of the country you visit, with the hope that you’ll know exactly what to expect. Understanding how a safari operates, what is involved before and during, and what key points to consider when booking ensures an unforgettable safari adventure. Topics like when to visit, how to get there, and what to pack are addressed by safari experts.
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- Your interests
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Ultimately, you will choose exactly what you’d like to do, when you would like to start your private safari trip, and where you’d like to go.
- Fixed itineraries.
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Our guaranteed trips are packed with wildlife encounters, sightseeing, and activities that all reﬂect your group’s focus and interests. Most importantly, you will make life-long friends and memories you will never forget!
WHY TRAVELERS CHOOSE US
At Wito Africa Safaris, giving our customers unbiased advice and exceptional safari experiences is what we live and breathe. Our Africa safari experts are well-traveled and have in-depth first-hand knowledge of the places they suggest. To make sure these offerings live up to the expectations of our guests, the experts at Wito Africa routinely inspect new lodges, experiences, and activities. Nothing beats current, pertinent travel advice obtained directly from a local expert. The Wito Africa 'dream team' will be there for you every step of the way to ensure that even your smallest needs are met and no detail is overlooked, so you can embrace your experience with complete peace of mind.