Saadani National Park, Tanzania
Saadani National Park is situated at an area of 1062 square kilometer and it is Tanzania’s 13th National Park. Tourists can view animals basking along the Indian Ocean shores since the Park is too close to it and the Park is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea.
Wildlife population in this Park is increasing during recent years after it has been gazetted as a National Park and was a hunting block beforehand.
Rhino is the only wildlife species absent in the Park out of the five species in Africa’s big Five but all the remaining four species are present such as; African lions, African bush elephants, Cape buffaloes and leopards.
Other wildlife species in the Park include; Masai giraffes, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, waterbucks, blue wildebeests, bohor reedbucks, common and red duikers, Dik-Diks, yellow baboons, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, Colobus monkeys, mongooses, genets, porcupines, sable antelopes, warthogs, hippopotamuses, crocodiles and Nile monitors among other species.
The Park offers excellent birding in a variety of habitats. Boat trips on the mangrove-lined Wami River offer a good selection of marine and riverine birds, including the mangrove kingfisher and lesser flamingo.
The interior of the park is great for seeing some of the grassland species, and a variety of raptors such as bateleur and crowned eagle. Migratory birds are present from November to April.
The Park resides over 250 bird species. Some best places to live in while in the Park include; Saadani Park hotel, Saadani River lodge, Kisampa Bush Retreat, Saadani safari lodge and many more others.