Wildlife Hero

Saadani is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the ocean. Key wildlife includes: hippos, crocodiles, lions, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, dolphins, Zanzibar galago, blue monkey, Yellow baboon, hyena, leopard and civet. Game viewing varies throughout the year and the area is known for its sightings of genets, porcupines, civets, bushbucks, bush pigs, yellow baboons and Vervet monkeys.

The open grasslands offer good game viewing. wildebeest, antelope, duiker, reedbuck, waterbuck, zebra and giraffe amble the savannah plains whilst herds of buffalo and elephant laze in the shade of the surrounding trees. Lions, leopards, mongoose and other predators also relax in cool spots awaiting the sun to set before embarking on their nocturnal hunting. On the open sea many species of fish, dolphins and humpback whales are all regular residents.

Recent Sightings at Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge

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Great leopard shot taken by a guest. Can be difficult to see leopard out in the bush but as it gets drier we have had three sightings in the last two weeks.

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March is prawn season here at Sanctuary Saadani Lodge. Fresh prawn Pili Pili is prepared by our chefs for our guests.

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This is Kissie, the resident greater spotted genet who comes to the Saadani Safari Lodge most evenings.

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Our recent guest John from Colorado captured this great shot of a Pied Kingfisher… It seems it is not just our guests who love the fresh Saadani Bay jumbo prawns. The Wami River is a very good place for bird watching.


Saadani does not have the huge numbers of game that the northern Tanzanian parks such as Serengetti and Tarangire have but we do have four of the big five and regularly see lion, elephant and buffalo…we have a lot of leopard but because of the type of vegetation you need a good tracker to find them.

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Large herds of white-bearded wildebeest graze in the short grass savannas. They were released in the area in the 1970’s.

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The world's tallest animals and the national symbol of Tanzania, giraffes, are numerous in Saadani National Park.

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You can pad barefooted from your veranda onto the beach for a gentle stroll or to watch the fishermen bringing in their nets. Nowhere else in the world can you walk on a beach following the footprints of a lion.