Saadani National Park

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, green turtles and humpback whales are all regular residents.

Saadani Birdlife

sightings - august 2013

This month saw five male elephants and a leopard stopping by the lodge for a visit. On two different game drives, guests spotted more leopards and one of the resident female lions was seen with four new cubs. Issack, one of our expert guides spotted giraffe going for a stroll along the beach and from the Wami River, guests saw plenty of hippos and crocodiles along with an abundance of beautiful flamingos, woolly neck storks and a variety of kingfishers.

Saadani Crocodile

sightings - September 2013

Guests staying at the lodge over September were lucky enough to spot a pride of 12 lions including 6 cubs about 8 months old. We've had regular sightings of a herd of about 200 buffaloes and 40 elephants in the Saadani National Park. Each boat safari up the Wami River also offers a different perspective on the wildlife in the area with many hippos and crocodiles spotted, as well as an array of birds including pied kingfishers. Our local troupe of vervet monkeys have been giving birth to the next generation and the moms keep arriving on the terrace of our managers' house to proudly show off their new babies.