BEST TIME TO VISIT SAADANI FOR AN EASTERN TANZANIA SAFARI
You can be sure of a fascinating safari and beach visit to Saadani Park at any time of the year, although it is best to check on the condition of the roads if planning to travel in the south of the park during the long rains between March and May when bird watching is at its best with local avian life donning breeding plumage and migrants settling in their hundreds. Although accommodation may be slightly cheaper, logistical costs remain the same or even higher due to unavoidable delays on sometimes impassable roads since heavy and continuous rains, carried by changing monsoon winds, raise humidity as temperatures also rise. Some lodges close at this time. This equatorial season can still be pleasant for the seasoned AfricanMecca travelers and enjoyable too, although this is the time for long sleeves and trousers to protect you from mosquitoes.
From June to August, with grass still lush for grazing, herds of ungulates as well as elephants, warthogs, bush pigs, hunted by hyena, as well as more elusive lion, leopard and uncommon cheetah, can be seen with the local tracking expertise of your guide but with great luck for the predators. Temperatures are coolest, and winds seem stronger, so much so, that light a fleece may be necessary in the mornings and evenings. Game is easier to spot as it moves in from tall grass savannah to well-grazed land near waterholes and riverside plains. Hippo and crocodile are closely clustered on the banks of shrinking permanent water sources.
From June to September is the favorite time for a personalized tour in Saadani Park, although it never gets crowded. It is sunny and dry with light breezes and few mosquitoes, and animals traverse in varied areas of the park and its outskirts to few remaining freshwater sources from August onwards. Later in October and early November, the first short rains stimulate the growth of meadow flowers, and migratory birds start to gather on their favorite seasonal ranges. Winds get stronger, and coastal accommodation may look out on choppy white-horse waves rather than serene blue seas. Another good time for game viewing in Saadani is in January and February after the first short rains with a brief hot season in East Africa when animals begin to return to verdant pastures and the scenery is at its most beautiful. Authentic bush travel in Africa does not get more varied and rewarding than in Saadani National Park.
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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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GUIDE ON SAADANI PARK
Saadani is the only Tanzanian Park with a coastal boundary, offering a radically different safari experience by reason of the variety of habitats and unspoiled beach wilderness on the east coast.
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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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