About SAADANI NATIONAL PARK
Saadani National Park covers 1,100 sq km (684 sq miles). It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the Indian Ocean. The climate is coastal, hot, and humid. It 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. Besides many species of over forty fish, green turtle, Humpback whale, and dolphin also live and can be seen in the ocean nearby.
Saadani National Park was published in 2005 that it encompasses a well-preserved ecosystem including the former Saadani game reserve, the former Mkwaja ranch area, the Wami River, as well as the Zaraninge Forest.
Many villages exist around the boundaries of the park. Before being included in the national park, the Zaraninge Forest was managed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), whose goal was to preserve the extremely high botanical diversity of one of the last coastal rain forests remaining in Tanzania.
Saadani Village once was an important harbor-town and slave trading center in East Africa. Now it is a small Swahili fishing village of about 800 inhabitants whose livelihood is mostly fishing. Villages adjacent to the park make their living through farming, especially growing coconuts.
- Saadani is where crabs meet elephant and the roar of the lion might interrupt your tanning.
- One of the few breeding sites for green turtles.
- In the southern part, salt harvesting processes (salt pans) in the hands of locals.
- Dolphins and humpback whales might put on a show for you in the Indian Ocean beyond.