The lodge is on the southern border of Saadani National Park on the coast. In this location you can combine a wildlife safari with gentle strolls along the beach.
The suites face the Indian Ocean and have private shaded verandas where you can sit and admire the views. They are on raised decks and have teak wood floors and thatched roofs and are cooled by fans. They have en-suite bathrooms.
There are 9 standard suites, 5 larger Maradadi suites and the Siri suite, which offers ultimate comfort and is set slightly apart, ideal for honeymooners and others seeking seclusion. It has a private pool and deck and you can enjoy meals here in privacy should you wish.
The lodge provides afternoon tea and snacks as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, so there is no danger of going hungry! The beachside restaurant is the venue for your generous buffet breakfast and for a la carte lunches and dinners. Not surprisingly, seafood is a prominent ingredient. Bush and beach meals can be arranged on request.
By day you can be as busy, or not, as you wish. You can go on game drives in the national park and take a boat cruise on the Wami River where you should see plenty of hippos and crocodiles and abundant birdlfe. You can take to your own 2 feet on a guided walking safari, looking for local wildlife, birds and animal tracks or go for ambles along the beach. Saadani village is nearby and you are welcome to visit and meet the locals. It is also possible to visit a Maasai community if you wish. One experience not to be missed is a cruise on the lodge's own dhow, sipping a cocktail against the backdrop of a magnificent sunset.
Open: Saadani Safari Lodge is open from the beginning of June to the end of March.
Location: The lodge is on the beach at the southern border of Saadani National Park. It is a 15 minute drive from Saadani airstrip. the fight from Dar es Salaam takes 20 minutes and from Zanzibar takes 15 minutes.
Rooms: There are 9 standard suites, set on raised decks facing the sea. All have private bathrooms with a shower and flush toilet. The 5 Maradadi Suites also have an outdoor shower. The Siri Suite, siri meaning secret in Swahili, is ideal for those wanting extra privacy. It is set slightly apart and has its own pool, deck and bar. Private dining can be arranged here.
Activities: You can go on guided nature and bird walks in the area near the lodge, enjoy a picnic on a sandbank, visit Saadani village and a Maasai community. Being on the doorstep of the national park, the lodge provides game drives and safari cruises on the Wami River. At low tide you can go for strolls walks along the beach, watching fishermen return with their catches and looking out for animal tracks in the sand. The lodge can arrange cruises to sandbanks for private picnics and to a nearby lagoon to see turtles. Sunset dhow cruises.
Facilities: There is a cosy lounge and lots of sitting areas. The bar has a terrace, so you can enjoy a drink in the open air. The large open-sided restaurant is located on the beach and serves buffet breakfasts and a la carte lunches and dinners. Bush meals can be arranged. There is a swimming pool, shaded by canvas, and a second pool by the beach. The lodge offers a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access.
Notes: The lodge is not sited to those of limited abilities due to the number of steps and wooden walkways.
"A wonderfully relaxing place.. it was great to be able to go on game drives and relax on the beach on the same day. Babs and John were great hosts and all their staff and guides were great. "