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Saadani National Park

Is where the beach meets the bush. The only national park in East Africa to boast an Indian Ocean beachfront, it possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands so popular with European sun-worshippers. 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!

Of the big five, lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo are present, the rare Roosevelt sable is indigenous, whilst plains game such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland and hartebeest are more frequently seen in larger herds.

The southern boundary is marked by the Wami River, which attracts fabulous bird life, large pods of hippo and massive crocodile. Bottle-nosed dolphins are common off the Southern coast of the reserve, whales pass through the Zanzibar Channel in October and November, and there is a green turtle breeding beach at Madete in the North.

 

Location: On the north coast, 100km (60miles) northeast of Dar Es Salaam

Activities: Game drive, nature walk, boat trip and village tour