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Tanzania’s only wildlife sanctuary to border the sea, Saadani National Park has a huge variety of wildlife including lion, leopard, zebra, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, hippo, hyena, vervet monkey and colobus monkey.

Located in the centre of the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar, the less crowded Saadani National Park covers 1100 square kilometres. Sharing its boundary with the Indian ocean - and the Wami River - it is the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa bordering the sea.

Saadani offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna in a culturally fascinating setting. About thirty species of larger mammals are present as well as numerous reptiles and birds. Green turtles come to its beaches to breed, and black and white colobus monkeys frolic in the canopy of the forest.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, lion, Cape buffalo, hippo, Grévy’s zebra, Burchell’s zebra
  • Where: Eastern Tanzania (Indian Ocean), Tanzania