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.

The Best time of your safaris at Saadanii National Park

The Saadani National Park can be accessed by both road and air. It is approximately 131km from Dar es Salaam via Bagamoyo off Makurunge to Gama Entrance Gate and · 146km from Tanga to Pangani and Mkwaja to Madete Entrance Gate. By Air, the park can be accessed through Charter flight from Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanga, Arusha or any other major town landing at all seasons at Saadanii Airstrip in the South or Mkwaja Airstrip in the North.

The Park experiences an Eastern African coastal climate with bimodal rainfall ranging from 800 – 1200mm annually. Long rains start from March to June and short ones from October to December. February and July are the best driest months with peak temperatures reaching up to 29 C0. The best period for visiting the park is the dry season, although the Park remains attractive year-round.

The uniqueness of Saadani National Park

These are places of interest where tourists will visit, typically for their inherent or exhibited natural or cultural value, historical importance, natural or built beauty offering relaxation, adventure and amusement to visitors.

Tourism activities in the park

The Saadani National Park has spectacular concentration of wild animals like Waterbuck, Giraffe, Warthog, and Yellow baboon, Reedbuck, Bushbuck, Hartebeest, Elephant, Buffaloes and Lion is obviously. Come and enjoy your safaris in the park

 Mafui Sandbank

Mafia Sandbank is located within the marine extension of the park with colourful coral reefs as important breeding sites for many fish species. While in the sandbank, tourists enjoy snorkelling and diving underwater and learn about many different types of Indian Ocean living organisms. The chances of seeing dolphins and humpback whales putting on their show in the Indian Ocean are beyond.

Madete beach and nesting site for Green Turtle

Madete beach is one of the greatest significant breeding sites for the Green turtle, the chief of the hard shelled sea turtles in Tanzania. Female’s Green turtle lays eggs alongside the shore and returns to the sea. The high season is in July – November and a modest season is in January – March. About 6 nests can be available during the season. The incubation time of the eggs hidden in the sand is about 45 – 60 days after which the hatching emerges from sand.

Wami River and Estuary

The estuary located alongside the Wami River is among few African coasts where large wildlife is still present in an estuarine state. Near this area, one will come to get to hippo, crocodile and other wildlife. Bird viewers will also be exposed to not-often-seen migratory birds that love the shore. This will include seeing different kinds of sandpiper, Eurasian oystercatcher and the common greenshank. Evergreen dense mangrove trees along the river provide resting and feeding place for many birds’ species, bats, monkeys and other reptiles within the park.

Zaraninge Forest

Zaraninge Forest is the evergreen lowland coastal forest with bolted folded canopy. This forest is known to be a home to some endemic, rare and endangered species of plants and animal lives. Zaraninge forest supports elephant life during the dry season.

Pangani town

Pangani center is closer to the Saadani National Park at a distance of 40km to Madete entry gate which is approximate 1hr drive distance on rough road. The name Pangani owes to the river that runs through the northern part of the Historical Town, the Pangani City. The Pangani is a very old town, it is believed to be established before 6th Century BC as a coastal dhow port, but later became a station on the convoy route from Late Tanganyika for exporting slaves and ivory. Most historical sites in and around the town centers serve as remembrance for the strong Arabic influence and the later German, British colonial era in Tanganyika. The town was used as a port when sisal plantations were used in the colonial period, before the construction of the Tanga Harbour. Currently Pangani town is mainly a fishing town with a lot of coconut trees, providing nice beaches for quiet holidays.

Accommodation

Saadani National Park provides a variety of best accommodations which are found inside and outside the park. Beautiful public and special camping grounds are places inside the park and available for use all the time during the visitation.

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