On the lookout for an exotic place for your holidays? Saadani National Park in Tanzania is the perfect spot. This is where the green bushes slide smoothly into the sandy beach.
The one wildlife paradise in the whole of East Africa whose shores are washed by the warm water of the Indian Ocean, Saadani National Park has all the attributes that make the Tanzanian tropical coast and islands so popular among European beach-lovers. However, odds are that your sunbathing day-dreaming or dozing be interrupted by an elephant or a rhino passing by or even a lion heading off to the nearby waterhole! Protected as a wildlife preserve since the 1960s, in 2002 Saadani was expanded to cover twice its former area. Before the end of the 1990s the reserve was pretty much depleted of life due to poaching, but recent years have marked a remarkable comeback thanks to poaching being severely punished and engaging neighbouring villages into the conservation drive.
Today, Saadani buzzes with life! Numerous grazers and primates of all kinds roam free. If you ever go to Saadani, you will have the unique opportunity to walk with giraffes, buffalo, warthog, common waterbuck, hartebeest, reedbuck, wildebeest, red duiker, greater kudu, eland, sable antelope, yellow baboon, and vervet monkeys. Elephants are also thriving here. You can enjoy their sight in herds of up to 30 elephants passing peacefully by. The zoo is also home to several lion prides, as well as other predator species like the leopard, spotted hyena, and black-backed jackal.
A boat trip along the exotic, mangrove-lined Wami River crossing through Saadani National Park will bring you closer to aquatic or water-loving hippos, crocs, and a wide range of marine and riverine birds, such as the mangrove kingfisher and lesser flamingo.
Ever wanted to see a live turtle breeding site? Your wishes come true at Saadani. Its beaches are known to be one of the last major green turtle breeding sites in mainland Tanzania.