Tanzania is a case of success regarding Nature conservation and endangerous species protection. The country soon understood that they have been presented with some of the greatest natural wonders to be found on Earth. And quickly they learned how to conserve them and take good care of them.

In fact, many conservation works have been done here, specially those related with fighting Elephant Hunting and saving one of the most endangerous species in the world, the Black Rhino. Jane Goodall also become famous for her pioneer work with the Chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park.

Blessed by nature with 14 national parks (there are even more, but these ones are the most famous) one can found everything in Tanzania. Tanzania is what comes to your mind when you think of Africa. There are parks that are as large as many european countries like the Serengeti National park and Selous Game Reserve. There are parks, like Katavi National Park or Ruaha National Park that are so untouched by humans they reassemble the descriptions of Africa by white hunters and missionaires who came here centuries ago. Parks where you can have a million of acres just for yourself and see more lions than people. There are parks like Gombe Stream National Park or Mahale Mountains National Park where you will be able to see large groups of Chimpanzees and Gorillas. There are parks like Saadani National park where you can join pristine beaches and the wild bush. Other parks, such as Ngorongoro Conservation Area with its Ngorongoro Crater have a beauty that is so stunning, so breathtaking that it is impossible to put into words. And what about Kilimanjaro National Park? Where you can see giraffes with the world's tallest free standing mountain, the roof of Africa, in the background? Well, there are really parks for every taste and interest and we haven't even spoke about Zanzibar, with world class beaches of white sand and turquoise warm water. Tanzania is definitely one of the top destinations of the world.

In the following map, you can see the 14 national parks. To learn more about each one and see what we recommend, move your mouse over the map and click in one park.

Saadani National Park

Description

Saadani National park is a very special one because it is the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa next to the ocean. It's the place where the bush meets the beach! This is the most recent national park in Tanzania which transformed it from a once forgotten reserve to a very attractive tourist destination.
Along its 20km coastline, it's famous for its grassland interspersed with acacia trees and knotted coastal thicket.


Wildlife

Significant variety of wildlife. One can find large predators like lions, leopards and spotted hyenas. Other nocturnal predators include the civet, the serval, the genet and the African wild cat. But, of course, there are other prominent species like elephants, hippos, waterbucks, reedbucks, hartebeest, wildebeest, bushbucks, crocodiles, yellow baboons, vervet monkeys, elands, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, red dunkers and greater kudus. The ocean and river brings a great variety of marine and river birds. Another interesting thing about this park is that its beaches form one of the last major breeding sites for green turtles.


When to go

In terms of wildlife concentration, the best months would be January, February, June and August when the plains hold more eater. However, the park is open during the entire year.


What to do

4x4 game safaris, boat rides, guided walks, relaxing in the beach.


What we suggest

If you don't have much time and budget to do a Northern circuit Safari and go to Zanzibar but want to enjoy both the bush and the beach, we'd definitely recommend this park. It is definitely an enjoyable retreat allowing you to relax in the beach and do some interesting game drives. 2 days would be enough to have a good experience in this park.