Saadani is where the beach meets the bush. The only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast for an Indian Ocean beachfront, it as well possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands very popular with European sun-worshipers. Yet it is also the one place where those idle hours of sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past, or a lion coming to drink at the nearby waterhole!
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Saadani National Park
Located in the centre of the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar, Saadani National Park is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the ocean. Unlike as in other national parks in Tanzania, here visitors can combine a safari with a relaxing beach stay.
Game viewing varies throughout the year and the area is known for sightings of porcupines, civets, bush pigs, baboons and vervet monkeys. On the open sea, you might be able to spot many species of fish, dolphins, turtles and humpback whales. Key wildlife include hippos, crocodiles, lions, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, dolphins, Zanzibar galago, blue monkey, yellow baboon, hyena, leopard, civet and sable antelope.
Protected as a game reserve since the 1960s, in 2002 it was expanded to cover twice its former area. The reserve suffered greatly from poaching prior to the late 1990s, but in recent years a marked turnaround has been seen, due to a concerted clampdown on poachers, based on integrating adjacent villages into the conservation drive.
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