Common Wildlife

Lions, elephants, leopards, spotted hyenas, black-backed jackals, giraffes, buffaloes, warthogs, common waterbucks, reedbucks, hartebeests, wildebeests, red duikers, greater kudus, elands, sable antelopes, yellow baboons and velvet monkeys, different bird species, and green sea turtles.

Park Size

3,245 sq. km. (2016 sq. ,i.)

Driving Distance

4-hour car ride or 30-minute flight from Dar es Salaam, 20-minute flight from Zanzibar, 3-4 hour flight from Serengeti or Arusha.

Saadani National Park
What to Know

Saadani National Park


Saadani National Park Highlights

Although protected as a game reserve since the 1960s, in 2002 Saadani National Park was expanded to cover twice its former area. The reserve suffered greatly from poaching prior to the late 1990s, but in 2005, it was officially designated a National Park. A concerted effort to stop poachers and collaboration with nearby villages has resulted in a rich renewal of both the landscape and its inhabitants. With the added advantages of the nearby river and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, game drives here have become as rewarding as in Tanzania’s other great national parks.

Why Saadani?

Saadani is the only spot where you can enjoy both game drives and a relaxing beach vacation. As it's often overlooked, there are no large crowds, providing for a far more personalized, private stay. Saadani gives very different beach experience from what you might encounter on Zanzibar, offering a great alternative for people who don’t want that feeling of safari to end but still want to spend time relaxing on the beach.

What to Do

Sights & Activities for Your trip

AM/PM Wildlife Game Drives

When you're riding in one of our custom-built safari vehicles with a professional driver and guide, you will feel like a real adventurer. Search for wildlife and explore the African wilderness from the comfort of your seat.


Snorkeling gear will be provided! Submerge yourself in the crystal clear waters and enjoy snorkeling around ancient coral reefs, admiring colorful fish, and searching for picturesque seashells.

Wami River Boat Safari

Cruise the Wami River in a guided boat safari! Travel down the river and into the estuary while enjoying birdlife as well as hippos, crocodiles, and the beautiful black and white colobus monkeys.

Saadani Fishing Village Historical Tour

The Saadani village is a Swahili fishing village located close to Saadani National Park. This village has about 800 inhabitants deriving most of its economy from fishing. A historical tour of the old village will allow visitors the chance to see the remains of buildings that existed when this region was a bustling trade center during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Where to Stay

Our Lodging Recommendations

We recommended these lodging options for Saadani National Park. More lodging options are available, and you're welcome to choose your own on your adventure with us.

= Inside Park
= Outside Park
3 Star Rating
No Recommendations
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4 Star Rating
No Recommendations
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