Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 7
Mammals: 8
Birds: 8.5
Reptiles: 9
Trees: 8

Lookout for

Humpback Whale
Dolphin
Suni
Liechtenstein’s Hartebeest
Bohor Reedbuck
Elephant
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Spotted Hyena
Jackal
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Waterbuck
Eland
Warthog

Saadani National Park is one of a handful of protected coastal areas in Africa - it's the only wildlife reserve in East Africa with a beachfront on the Indian Ocean. The park covers 1100 square kilometers and is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania which borders the ocean. Surrounding the national park are many villages which make their living through farming or fishing depending on their location. The park is home to a huge variety of wildlife. There are small herds of elephant here and also lion, leopard, spotted hyena and black-backed jackal. Hippo and crocodile are found in the river systems and green turtles breed on the beaches - truly a magnificent addition to Africas' national parks.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 1100 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Giraffe
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Dar es Salaam

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Saadani River Lodge Super Luxury Full Board
Saadani Safari Lodge Super Luxury Full Board

Key Species

MAMMALS
Giraffe
Lion
Buffalo


BRIDS
African Fish Eagle
Ground Hornbill
Pel's Fishing Owl
Wooley-necked Stork
African Skimmer


REPTILES
Green Turtle
Nile Crocodile
Dwarf Gecko


TREES
Mangrove
Palm Tree
Acacia Zanzibarica


HABITAT TYPES
Beach
Coral Reef
Ocean
Mangrove Forest
Acacia Thicket
Riparian Forest