Saadani National Park

The Saadani National Park became the 13th National Park in 2002. It is the largest National Park covering 1,100 sq km (430 sq miles) and is the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to feature a beachfront on the Indian Ocean. The area has been protected as a game reserve since the nineteen sixties and in two thousand and two the area was expanded to cover twice its former area.

The parks inhabitants include the giraffe, buffalo, warthog, common waterbuck, reedbuck, hartebeest, wildebeest, red duiker, greater kudu, eland, sable antelope, elephants, lions, leopards, the spotted hyena and the black-backed jackal, yellow baboons, and the velvet monkey.

On the Wami River clients can spot hippos, crocodiles, and birds like the mangrove kingfisher and lesser flamingo. The beach itself is one of the last breeding grounds on the mainland for the rare green turtle. Clients can enjoy the white sandy beach or visit the Saadani fishing village which lies within the reserve.

The best game-viewing is in January and February and from June to August. Road access to Saadani is accessible year round from Tanga and Pangani only. However, the access roads to this park are sometimes impassable during April and May during the heavy rains.