With approximately 80% of people who visit mainland Tanzania travelling to the Northern Parks, it is great to visit one of the lesser known and trodden paths in the country. The mix of different ecosystems sets Saadani apart from all the national parks in Tanzania. Being able to relax on the beach, take a game drive, cruise down the Wami river in search of hippos, explore the park by foot, and visit the historic local village all in a few days makes for an amazing experience!
Saadani River Lodge is set on the banks of the Wami River and is all about relaxation whilst surrounded by nature. The suites are spacious and luxurious and the whole lodge perfectly fits within the surroundings. You can spend all day by the pool listening to the sounds of the river or if you are feeling a bit more adventurous head out for a trip on the river amongst the vast numbers of hippo. Finish off with a sundowner drink by the riverbank. Perfect! Baby the ‘resident’ hippo can often be found trudging around the lodge!
Saadani Safari Lodge is right by the beach and only a short walk away from Saadani Village. The rooms are located along the beach and waking up in the morning to the sun rising over the Indian Ocean is just beautiful! With one activity per day included you can pick and choose how much time you wish to relax or be active. Mornings could be spent by the pool with an afternoon game drive or a morning guided walk before breakfast, followed by a day on the beach. It is up to you. The evenings are often spent at the bar where Ali will serve fantastic cocktails! All being part of the ‘Saadani experience’!
Even though the animals at Saadani are not as in greater numbers as in the Northern Parks, the fact you have the National park essentially to yourself and that you know you will not be with the crowds makes Saadani a really special place. There are not many places where you can be on the river, in the bush and on the beach in one day! The park is still evolving and that is the beauty of going now. The two lodges (river and safari) offer beautiful and unique settings combined with friendly, personal, and genuine warm welcomes. Saadani is a real hidden treasure and the two lodges are key in the continuing conservation of the park and the advancement of the local community.