National Park

Combines the thrill of a classic safari with the beauty of the Indian Ocean coastline. Here, elephants and other animals roam the beach, while the Wami River teems with hippos and crocodiles.
About Saadani National Park

Located along the coastline of Tanzania, is a unique conservation area that combines both wildlife and marine environments. This park is the only one in East Africa where the Indian Ocean meets the wilderness, offering visitors a distinctive safari experience with opportunities for beachfront game viewing. Saadani’s diverse landscapes include coastal dunes, mangrove forests, savannah plains, and the Wami River, providing habitats for a wide range of wildlife.

The standout features of Saadani is its population of hippos and crocodiles that inhabit the Wami River, alongside a variety of bird species such as flamingos, kingfishers, and fish eagles. The park is also home to large mammals including elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes, and antelopes. 

The coastal setting allows for unique activities like boat safaris where visitors can spot marine life like dolphins and turtles, adding an extra dimension to the traditional safari experience.

The park offers a perfect blend of safari adventure and beach relaxation. Visitors can enjoy game drives through the bush in the morning and then relax on the sandy beaches or take a swim in the Indian Ocean in the afternoon.

The park’s proximity to historical sites like the 19th-century Saadani village adds cultural interest to the experience. Overall, Saadani presents a rare opportunity to witness the convergence of terrestrial and marine ecosystems in a single protected area.


During the dry season (June to October), the weather is cooler and drier, making it ideal for wildlife viewing and beach activities. The dry season also offers clearer skies and better visibility, enhancing the overall safari experience. However, for those interested in marine activities such as boat safaris and beach relaxation, the period from July to September is particularly recommended, as sea conditions are calmer and more conducive to dolphin and whale sightings.

Here are some of the best things to do in Saadani National Park:

Go on a game drive. Explore the diverse landscapes of Saadani on thrilling game drives to spot a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, giraffes, buffaloes, and more.

Boat Safaris. Take a boat safari along the Wami River and witness hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species, including flamingos, kingfishers, and fish eagles.

Beach Activities. Enjoy relaxing moments on the pristine beaches of Saadani along the Indian Ocean coast, where you can swim, sunbathe, or take guided beach walks.

Fishing Activities. Depending on the season, engage in fishing activities along the coast or in the Wami River, where you may catch various species of fish.

Birdwatching. Saadani is a birdwatcher’s paradise, offering opportunities to spot a variety of coastal and riverine bird species, especially during boat safaris.

Relaxation and Wellness. Unwind and rejuvenate with yoga sessions or spa treatments offered by select lodges and camps within or near the park.

Fun facts about Saadani National Park

It is the only park in East Africa that borders the Indian Ocean, allowing for unique opportunities to spot wildlife against a backdrop of sandy beaches and ocean views.
Saadani has historical significance, with remnants of ancient settlements and trading ports that date back centuries, adding cultural depth to the park’s natural wonders.
The park offers unique boat safaris along the Wami River, where visitors can observe hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of birdlife, adding a water-based adventure to the typical safari experience.
Saadani boasts diverse habitats, including coastal dunes, mangrove forests, savannah plains, and riverine ecosystems, providing a rich tapestry of landscapes and wildlife.