SAADANII NATIONAL PARK
The Saadani National Park is the park which is situated between Dar es Salaam, 200 km, and Tanga, 75km, and borders the mainland coast. The park is recognized as a sympathetic paradise because of its unique bionetwork ecosystem where beach life meets wilderness. Saadanii National Park is Tanzania’s 13th National Park located in Tanzania. The park has an area of 1062 km2 and was officially established in 2005 from a game reserve which had existed since 1969. In the park, tourists can view animals relaxing along the Indian Ocean shores. It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea.
The Saadanii National Park is the home-based variable mix of both marine and mainland flora and fauna. The vegetation in the park is quite exceptional as it includes mangrove forests around the twisting Wami River on a way to the ocean, clusters of palm trees, coral reefs in the Indian Ocean, short and tall-grass savannah and the strict black cotton plains.
Regarding wildlife, Saadanii National Park has a flourishing population of waterbucks, wildebeests, hartebeests, reedbucks, buffaloes and giraffes. Warthogs, baboons and colobus monkeys are frequently spotted in different parts of the park, while elephants, lions and leopards are quite shy. Ornithologists this place is truly spectacular. Boat safari on the Wami River is a true highpoint for any visitor and apart from pods of hippos and huge crocodiles, malachite, pied and giant kingfishers can also be seen during park safaris. Common birds in Saadani National Park include the woolly necked stork, common sandpipers, lilac-breasted rollers, palm nut vultures, fish eagles and ground hornbills.