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Simply Saadani

Zanzibar & the Coast

Rating: Mid-range    

Simply Saadani overview

Simply Saadani lies between the Indian Ocean and the Saadani bush in an old coconut plantation. It's a bush and beach combination in a really wild, remote spot. 

The 10 en-suite tented bandas, 3 suites and 1 honeymoon suite (Venus) are perched on stilts along the beach, offering total privacy. Each has a large balcony overlooking the sea. Venus has its own sunken bath hidden in the mangroves!

The restaurant and bar is elevated on stilts and overlooks the sea. This is where you'll come to chat about the day's activity (or lack of it!), enjoy some good food, and have a drink as the sun sets over Africa.

There are several nature trails around the lodge with great bird watching, and guided canoe rides in the mangrove swamps. The lodge arranges full and halfday game drives in Saadani National Park and boat trips on the Wami River. The lodge is involved in several conservation projects and guests are encouraged to visit the Saadani Wildlife Research Station which is on site. 

When it is high tide the sea is very close to the tents, and it's shallow and warm and great for swimming. However please note that it goes quite a long way out at low tide so, depending on the tides, you can't guarantee the sea being on your doorstep.

The Roof of Saadani
If you fancy somewhere even more unusual, try staying in the 'Roof of Saadani' not far from the lodge. This is a 20m tower 'hide' which is actually a hotel for two!  You have your own en-suite bedroom, your own chef, waiter and safari guide. 


Open: Simply Saadani is open from the beginning of June to the end of March.

Location: The lodge is on the beach, a short drive from the entrance to Saadani National Park. It is about a 5 hour drive (130kms) from Dar es Salaam, but can be more comfortably reached by air to Saadani airport.

Rooms: There are 11 tented bandas, including 2 larger family suites, which have an additional bedroom / sitting room, and a secluded honeymoon suite with a sunken bath in the mangroves. All bandas are set a little way back from the beach and are spaced apart to ensure privacy. They are built on stilts and have wide wooden verandas with a table, chairs and hammock. The en-suite bathrooms have a shower cubical, hand basin and flush toilet. Beds have mosquito nets.

Activities: Paddling at low tide (this is not a swimming beach), walking along the beach to the village, following nature trails around the lodge, guided walks, relaxing on your private veranda, enjoying a drink in the bar. Full and halfday game viewing is offered in Saadani National Park which is home to 4 of the Big 5 (no rhino) as well as giraffe, zebra, reedbuck and warthog. The full day excursion usually includes a cruise on the Wami River to view hippo and crocodiles. There are mangrove swamps behind the lodge and guests can go on guided canoe rides here, best in the late afternoon.

Facilities: The elevated dining area and lounge has a thatched roof and includes 3 seating areas which are open to the sky, perfect for a romantic dinner under the stars. Meals can also be taken on the beach, when the tide is out. The Roof of Saadani is a 20 metre tower which doubles as an exclusive hotel and restaurant for 2 people. The Saadani Wildlife Research Station is based at Tent With A View and is the operations centre for conservation projects. Guests are welcome to visit.

Dining: Meals are taken at shared tables, though separate tables can be arranged for private dinners.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is no internet access.

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"Over the last 10 years, this camp and Tent with a View has backed countless development projects for the local villages, such as educational project for sanitation, an antenatal clinic, electricity for the dispensary, water, food relief, employment, and so on. They have also started a green turtle conservation project. Saadani is also involved in an elephant collaring project, an initiative aimed at gaining a greater insight into the movements and behaviour of the local elephant population".

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client reviews

Mrs Ruth Samways

"The sighting of my tent was ideal with a fantastic outlook & from this one point of view the camp lived up to its name - Tent with a View. I don`t usually complain but I thought the "5-course diner" was very poor & that, generally, the cook lacked imagination & skill. "

"Tent-with-a-view is very nice and quirky, and the beach was by and large completely deserted. I did get to talk to the fishermen, who were friendly and laughed a lot. The food was good and baobab ice cream is really very nice. Hassam does a hilarious Del Boy Trotter impression - “lovely jubbley!” - how did that happen? "
Mrs. Penelope Proudlock
"We were the only 2 people there so were treated like royalty!! Breakfast in the tower and a lobster dinner on the beach on our last night!! but....lethal steps down into the bathroom!!"
Ms. Julia Evans
"It was far more sophisticated than the name implies - I imagined \"Tent with a View\" would be fare more tent like and was pleasantly surprised. However, perhaps guests with limited mobility might be warned that there are steep steps to climb up to the banda and the steep step down into the bathroom could be challenging. (My partner has difficulties with balance and he certainly would not have been able to cope with the steep steps or getting in and out of the Land Rover.) Also, as per my comments earlier, I would recommend travelling to Saadani by plane and avoid the road journey. I do think Tribes assessment of the time it should take as roughly 3-4 hours is unlikely, even on a good day! Extensive road works on the main road (which may eventually be improved) and always heavy traffic driving in and out of Dar."
L&R Ayton
"Beautiful setting on the beach and well run. Could maybe have had more than 1 day there."

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