Saadani is the only East African game parks adjacent to the Indian Ocean.It is also one of the smallest parks in Tanzania and as such less popular amongst foreign travellers which provides a more authentic safari experience.
If travelling to or from Pangani via Dar es Salaam by car, consider driving through Saadani National Park which is en-route when choosing the coastal route.
For visitors seeking an out-of-the-ordinary Safari experience, the park's relative obscurity provides the advantage that the animals are less used to cars and people and therefore act like the wild animals that most of us hope to get a chance to spot when sneaking around in the wilderness.
The park has a large population of elephants, reed-bucks, water-bucks, giraffes, wilder- and harder-beasts and lions, but there are never any guarantees. There are fewer zebras and leopard, but you might get lucky.
As always, the animals are most active from sunrise until around 9 AM and again from 3 PM till sunset.
Another extraordinary park is Mkomazi NP en-route between Pangani and Arusha/Moshi. Do not attempt to cross the park during, or immediately after, heavy rains.
For more information on both parks take a look at our blog.
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We warmly recommend contacting our friends at Kuromaringo who offer 24 hour safaris in Saadani with over-night stay in tented camp with the great advantage that you will actually be in the park when the animals are most active....morning and early evening.