Saadani National Park
It is said that Saadani National Park is where the beach meets the bush. Saadani is the only park in East Africa to enjoy a beachfront along the Indian Ocean. At 1,062 square kilometres, what this park lacks in volume of wildlife it makes up in variety.
A vast range of grazers and primates is seen on game drives and walking safaris. They include spotted hyena, eland, sable antelope, giraffe, warthog, black-backed jackal, common waterbuck, reedbuck, hartebeest, wildebeest, yellow baboon, red duiker, greater kudu and vervet monkey. Visitors can also expect to see herds of elephants number as many as 25 and there are a few prides of lions in the park.
Boat excursions can be arranged along the mangrove-lined Wami River. Here, there is a chance of seeing hippos, crocodiles and an assortment of marine and riverine birds, including the kingfisher and lesser flamingo.
The beaches of Saadani also form one of the important breeding grounds (and perhaps the largest in Tanzania) for the green turtle.
Accommodation in Saadani National Park include a tented camp and a small lodge. Access to the park is by road from Dar es Salaam (3 ½ hours) or by scheduled and charter flights.