GUIDE ON SAADANI NATIONAL PARK IN TANZANIA
Short grasslands, studded with spiny acacia trees and baobabs support ostriches, buffalos and the gawky giraffes, emblem of Tanzania. Tall grass and tropical forest shelter huge elands and the extraordinary white bearded wildebeests. Note that eland, wildebeest and zebra were reinstated in Saadani. It is planned to add rhinos and impalas to the conserved population to attract more discerning visitors on a nature and seaside tour in eastern Tanzania (read more on when is the best time to visit Saadani with AfricanMecca). Nocturnal animals that often visit human settlements include cat-like civets, genets and bushbabies. Crested porcupines and honey badgers are sometimes seen.
The Wami River is home to hippopotamus and to crocodiles up to five meters long, attended by fearless, tooth-picking egrets. Hundreds of water-birds, including goliath herons and pink lesser flamingos, present a treasure trove for birders together with scarlet-beaked mangrove kingfisher, Pel’s fishing owl and the raucous, omnipresent African fish eagle. In brackish water, where rivers meet the Indian Ocean, forests of mangroves, with air roots to enable them to survive in salt water, retain rich river-borne soil. They provide nurseries for succulent giant prawns and other shellfish as well as shelter for birds, bats and reptiles.
Many fish species breed in the coral reefs close to Mafui sandbanks. Dolphins play and humpbacked whales have been seen out to sea. Air breathing green turtles, named for the color of their fat rather than their carapaces, swim in the clear lagoons and emerge to lay their eggs in the sun-warmed, silver sand. The stunning beaches, strewn with fantastic natural sculptures of bleached driftwood, are uncovered at low tide, forming a night-time highway for elephants, varied antelopes, lions, warthogs and vervet monkeys. You may see their footprints on the sand or salt pans in your early morning game-spotting safari in Saadani. There is also a chance of finding newly hatched turtles flippering their way towards the sea.
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WHERE TO STAY IN SAADANI
The beachside Saadani Safari Lodge is the only luxury lodge present while the deluxe Saadani River Lodge offer a very different setting: the Wami River. A Tent With A View and Kisampa are budget options.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN SAADANI
There are so many things to do and to see on a Saadani exploratory safari. Options include boating, game drives, Wami river canoeing, bush walks, village visits, Indian ocean swimming and snorkeling.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT SAADANI
Saadani has a tropical climate with year-round high temperatures, climaxing in two periods of heavier rain caused by moonsoon winds. The dry season of June to September in the best time to visit.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR SAADANI IN EASTERN TANZANIA
When visiting Saadani National Park, we recommend combining it with offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous), Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale.
You may optionally extend out to Northern Tanzania safari parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.
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