About Saadani National Park:-
Size: 1100 sq.km (425sq. miles) .
Location: Eastern Tanzania. On the north coast, roughly 100km (60 miles) northwest of Dar es Salaam, and a similar distance southwest of the port of Tanga.
Charter flight from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam.Thrice-weekly road shuttle from Dar es Salaam, taking four hours in either direction.
BY road from Dar es Salaam 160km (100 miles), then 60km (36 miles) on dirt.
Road access from Tanga and Pangani except after heavy rains. 4×4 required.
What To Do :-
Game drives and guided walks.
Boat trips. Swimming.
Visit Saadani fishing village, which lies within the reserve, where a collection of ruins pays testament to its 19th century heyday as a major trading port.
When To Go:-
Generally accessible all-year round, although the access roads are sometimes impassable during April and May. The best game-viewing is in January and February and from June to August.
“Saadani” is the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast for an Indian Ocean beachfront. The terrain ranges from tropical forest to swamp, lake, river, long and short grassland, black cotton soil, salt flats, mangrove forest, shallow lagoons, sandbanks and coral reefs.
Zaraninge Forest is listed under the Coastal Forest Biodiversity Hotspot of Tanzania, with a vast range of flora and a population of small and mid-size mammals .Herds of up to 30 elephants are encountered with increasing frequency, and several lion prides are inhabitants, together with leopards, spotted hyenas and black-backed jackals. You will find plenty of dormice, mongooses, bush squirrels, primates, wildebeests, zebras and wide-ranging antelopes which eat the grass, plants, worms and insects which form the base of a food chain supplying snakes, birds of prey such as kites and eagles. Short grasslands, studded with spiny acacia trees and baobabs support ostriches, buffalos and the gawky giraffes.
Boat trips on the mangrove-lined Wami River come along with a high chance of sighting hippos, crocodiles and a selection of marine and riverine birds, including the mangrove kingfisher. The beaches form one of the last major green turtle breeding sites on mainland Tanzania.
This is the only National park in Tanzania where Wami River meets Indian Ocean !