Saadani National Park

from $191 /person

Location & How to Reach:

Saadani National Park is located on the north coast of Tanzania, roughly 100 kilometers northwest of Dar es Salaam. The park is easily accessible by road from Dar es Salaam, with a drive taking around 3-4 hours. Additionally, there are domestic flights available from Dar es Salaam to the airstrip near Saadani National Park.

Fun Facts:

  1. Saadani is the only national park in Tanzania with an Indian Ocean coastline, offering a unique blend of safari experiences and beach activities.
  2. It’s one of the few places where you can spot both land and marine wildlife, including elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, and various bird species, along with dolphins and whales in the ocean.
  3. The park is rich in historical significance, with remnants of settlements dating back to the 19th century, as well as evidence of early human activity and trade along the coast.

Tourist Attractions:

  1. Game drives through the park offer opportunities to see a diverse range of wildlife, including elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, and various antelope species.
  2. Boat safaris along the Wami River provide a chance to spot hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of birdlife.
  3. Relaxing on the pristine beaches and enjoying activities such as snorkeling, swimming, and beach walks.
  4. Visiting the Saadani Fishing Village to experience local culture and witness traditional fishing practices.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Saadani National Park is during the dry season, from June to October, when wildlife congregates around water sources, making it easier to spot them during game drives and boat safaris. However, the park can be visited year-round, with each season offering a unique experience.


  • Budget: Saadani Safari Lodge offers comfortable budget accommodation options, including tented camps and cottages.
  • Mid-Range: Saadani River Lodge provides mid-range accommodation options, with spacious rooms and eco-friendly amenities.
  • Luxury: Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge offers luxurious tented suites with stunning views of the Indian Ocean and personalized safari experiences.


  1. Is it safe to visit Saadani National Park?
    Yes, Saadani is a safe destination for tourists, but it’s always advisable to follow the instructions of your guide and adhere to park rules.
  2. What wildlife can I expect to see in Saadani?
    Visitors can expect to see a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, and various bird species.
  3. Are there any health precautions I should take before visiting?
    It’s recommended to consult your healthcare provider regarding necessary vaccinations and malaria prophylaxis before visiting Saadani National Park. Additionally, it’s essential to stay hydrated and use sunscreen while exploring the park.
  4. Can I combine a safari with beach activities in Saadani?
    Yes, Saadani offers a unique opportunity to combine traditional safari experiences with beach activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.