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  Saadani NP
Size: 1,100 km2/425 sq mi.
Wildlife and attractions: Coastal wildlife habitats.
Getting there: The park is 4 hours (130 km/80 mi) on poor roads north of Dar es Salaam, and 7 hours from Arusha.
It's half an hour by air from Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.
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Saadani National Park
Saadani National Park (1,100 km2/425 sq mi), formerly Saadani Game Reserve, is the only Tanzanian park situated by the sea, and is the only coastal park in East Africa where you can see the large mammals. In Saadani you may see elephants on land, and green turtles and dolphins in the Indian Ocean. Even humpback whales are seen on occasion.

The climate is coastal, meaning hot and humid. The landscape ranges from sandy beaches with palm trees to acacia woodlands, coastal rain forests and mangroves.

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Mammals of Saadani
The mammal wildlife of Saadani includes elephant, lion, leopard, hyaena, sable antelope, bushbuck, hartebeest, greater kudu, reedbuck, waterbuck, giraffes, African buffalos, warthog, colobus monkey, baboon, vervet monkey and others. Hippos may be seen in the Wami River, which is the most important freshwater source in the park. There are introcuced populations of wildebeest, zebra and eland.

The park offers good bird watching, including many water birds, secretary birds and woodpeckers. The reptiles are represented by for example crocodiles and monitor lizards.

Visitors to the area may go for game drives in the park, bush walks, and boat rides on the Wami River.

Lodges and camps
In addition to the below lodges and camps, there are beach hotels around Bagamoyo south of Saadani from where you may do day tours to the park.

A Tent With A View is a good tented camp set on the beach just outside the northern half of Saadani. It has ten spacious and furnished tents, set well apart for a private atmosphere. All have ensuite bathroom and veranda with hammock facing the Indian Ocean. The camp has bar and restaurant, serving for example local seafood. The safari activities offered include game drives, bush walks, bird watching by canoe and river safaris by boat.

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Saadani Safari Lodge is a good tented lodge situated on the beach in Saadani. It has nine tented cottages set along the beach, all with ensuite bathroom, solar lighting and veranda facing the ocean. The double rooms (there are also twins) also have beds with mosquito nets on the verandas. The lodge has a swimming pool. There is also a spacious and pleasantly decorated suite with private swimming pool, set on a sand dune apart from the lodge. The lodge offers game drives, bush walks, river safaris by boat, fly camping and snorkelling.

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Kisampa is a private inland conservation sanctuary with an eco friendly lodge bordering south-western Saadani. The lodge accommodates 14 guests in basic yet spacious bungalows or tents, designed for experiencing the night sky and the surroundings. The bathrooms have compost toilets and bush showers. The lodge offers game drives, bush walks and walking safaris with fly camping, river safaris by boat or canoe, and a variety of activities together with the local people and villages.

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