Africa Tours and Safaris
Saadani National Reserve

Saadani Natioanl Reserve was created in 1964 but it is only in the last decade that it has started to flourish as a game-viewing destination with a difference: its position along the Indian Ocean coast with miles of deserted beaches. Saadani Game Reserve has a unique boast: it is where the bush meets the beach. It is the only reserve or Park in East Africa that runs down to the shore of the Indian Ocean, giving a different dimension to visits there. Originally set up in the 1960’s poaching was a great problem until a scheme in the 1990’s to integrate local villagers into the conservation of the area. The success of this was illustrated in 2002 when the size of the reserve was nearly doubled to just over 1,100sq km. It now boasts a good variety of game, with herds of up to 30 elephants frequently seen, several prides of lions, as well as good numbers of giraffe, buffalo and many different grazers. There are yellow baboons and velvet monkeys from the primates and hyenas and jackals from the scavengers. Leopards have also been spotted. The Wami River runs through the reserve and it is possible to take boat trips up its mangrove lined banks to spot Hippos crocodiles and the mangrove kingfisher.

How to get there

A charter flight from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam. Road shuttle from Dar es Salaam, taking four hours in either direction. No road access from Dar es Salaam along the coast, follow the surfaced Moshi road for 160km, then 60km on dirt.

Accommodation

Accommodation is also offered inside the park by Saadani Safari Lodge and immediately outside the park by KISAMPA and A Tent with a View.access from Tanga and Pangani except after heavy rain. 4x4 required.


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