Saadani is geographically the closest wildlife reserve to both Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar and is unique in that it is Tanzania’s only coastal wildlife reserve thus offering the chance to see big game and birdlife interacting with the coast.
Saadani Game Reserve was gazetted in 1964, covering an area of some 250 sq km from the Wami river in the south to the Mligaji river in the north, with the Moshi railway line as the western boundary. Once Saadani became a Game Reserve new species of animal were introduced to compliment the existing diversity. Wildebeest, zebra and eland joined the resident populations including buffalo, elephant, giraffe, lion, and the extremely rare Roosevelt’s sable antelope.
In 2003 Saadani was upgraded to become Tanzania’s latest National Park under the direction of TANAPA. Boundaries have been expanded to include land north of the Mligaji, which is an important area containing the only permanent elephant population in the area as well as sable antelope, as well as North Mkwaja, the Zaraninge forest, noted for its variety of indigenous vegetation and animal and birdlife, and land south of the Wami river. The total protected area now covers over 1000 sq km and the TANAPA headquarters are based at Mkwaja ranch.
A Tent with a View Safari Lodge offers luxury beachfront accommodation and will arrange transport from both Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.
Saadani Safari Lodge is a luxury beachfront lodge located within the boundaries of the national park and 2 km away from the historical Saadani Village. A thriving relationship exists between the lodge and the village and the village’s citizens have benefited directly from many projects supported by guests and ownership alike.