Saadani Safari Lodge
Saadani National Park, Tanzania
At a Glance
Relax by the swimming pool and soak up the sea views
Walk for miles along the deserted beach
Take a boat safari on the Wami River and see the hippos wallowing in the shallows
Explore the Saadani National Park on a game drive
Saadani Safari Lodge set on the beach in the heart of the Sadaani National Park
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Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.
There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.
Saadani Safari Lodge is small and exclusive lodge properly combining the bush with the beach. There are just nine tented cottages and five suites strung out along an unspoiled beach on the east coast of Tanzania.
Saadani National Park covers 1000sq km and is a unique wilderness in a wonderful location within one of Tanzania’s most varied wildlife conservation areas. Here beach, bush and river come together in a colorful clash of ecosystems found nowhere else on the coast of East Africa.
In the Wami River, hippo and crocodile are prolific, literally a stone’s throw from the open sea. Plains game is plentiful and you might be lucky enough to see some of the big cats and elephants as they have occasionally been seen on the beach. The coastline stretches to the horizon in both directions and turtles and dolphins are often seen around the sand island offshore.
The lodge itself is nestled in a horse shoe bay on Tanzania's east coast. It is small and exclusive with just nine tented, grass-roofed cottages and two suites strung out along the beach.
Saadani proudly boasts Africa’s big four with rhino the only illusive element. Thanks to the conservation efforts of the National Park services, animals and birds can now find protective solace from the ravages of hunting and poaching. Game figures as a result have been steadily improving with species once prevalent returning back.
However what makes Saadani a unique destination is being able to study animal tracks in front of your room on the beach. Lion spore is often spotted as they amble past the lodge at night and intertwine with nocturnal regulars like civet cat, genet and sometimes leopard.
Accommodation is in nine tented cottages and five suites, including one family suite. The classic bandas are light and airy with cosy day beds on the verandas for afternoon siestas or nights sleeping almost under the stars. The cottages are twin or double with swathes of sail cloth adorning the ceilings, large romantic Zanzibar style nets and locally carved furniture. Each room has an ensuite bathroom with solar-heated shower and flush lavatory, livened up by sand floors, shell mosaics and the odd fist of driftwood.
Although there are not specific childcare facilities available, children over the age of 6 years are most welcome at Saadani Safari Lodge where food and meal times can easily be tailored to suit the younger guests. Babysitting can arranged for those that require it. The Maridadi Family suite is perfect for families.
The facilities at Saadani Safari Lodge include two swimming pools; one romantic rock pool hidden amongst the plants and one 24 meter infinity pool right on the remote beach. The lovely new restaurant focuses on the freshest seafood fusion dishes and there is a well stocked bar. The hotel offers guests internet access and a concierge will provide other administrative services. The lodge has its own private airstrip. There is also wifi access in a couple of places in the lodge.
Activities at Saadani Safari Lodge feature around the sea, the land and the Wami River. With walking safaris, birding walks, river boat safaris, snorkeling off the sand bank and game drives being common activities. It is also possible to arrange a Swahili village tour or a Swahili community visit.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
I just loved my couple of nights at Saadani Safari Lodge, it is the only place in Africa that I have come across that one can go on a game drive in the morning and them walk for miles along the deserted beach in the afternoon. I also loved the boat safari on the Wami River, where I saw huge pods of hippo basking on the banks and the bird life was incredible. I had the most lovely time watching a pied kingfisher hovering and then diving to catch a fish in the river.
Also it was interesting chatting to the managers have set up an interesting women's cooperative at a village just outside the park which grows vegetable for the lodge.
Winner ELLE Magazine, Chic Shack Awards 2008
Tanzanias only coastal safari lodge has nine tented huts hidden in the trees bordering a massive empty beach, where, they say hippos play in the waves at dawn. There was no hippo surf action during the time I was there, but there were elephant prints in the sand, and the twig cracking of prowling wildlife after dark. The first night is Oh my God; what was that? but youll be blase by day three, and its worth facing the fear for the pre-breakfast swims, the sunset beers in the wooden, boat shaped bar and bouncing around the 1,000m2 game reserve in the back of the jeep, plus suppers of fish straight from the sea. If you are up at down, chug up-river in a boat, spotting hippos, crocodiles and exotic birds.
A historic walk through Stone Town
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Shopping in Stone Town
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Location & directions
Saadani National Park, Tanzania
Saadani Safari Lodge is about 170km north of Dar es Salaam on the coast of East Africa in Tanzania. Saadani National Park is Tanzania’s youngest national park, covering 1150 square km in the east of the country.
How to get there
8.5 hour international flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi and then a short flight to Dar es Salaam. The Lodge is about 170km from the international airport, approximately a 4-hour journey. Alternatively, Saadani Safari Lodge has its own airstrip nearby. It is just a 20-minute flight from Dar es Salaam and a 15-minute flight from Zanzibar.