A relaxed and stunning introduction into the great wildlife of Tanzania, in the unique environment of Saadani National Park. From beautiful and innovative accommodation, explore the park by 4*4, by boat and on foot, looking for elephants, lions, giraffe, hippo and much more. After the exhilaration of watching great nature in East Africa’s only coastal park, head over the ocean to Zanzibar, to relax on the famous island’s beautiful North coast.
On arrival at Zanzibar international airport in the morning, you will be met, briefed and given tickets for your flight to Saadani National Park. It takes 15 minutes to arrive at Saadani airstrip where you’ll be picked up and transferred through the park to the beautiful Simply Saadani camp with just 11 rooms all facing the Indian ocean and fringed by a deserted white sand beach. It feels like you are on your own private island surrounded by wild bush. (lunch and dinner)
Today, awake early for a morning game drive and return to the camp for a late breakfast. The remainder day is for you to relax at the camp, swim in the ocean, walk the deserted beach, explore the colour-coded nature trails around the camp or enjoy a lecture about the Saadani elephant collaring project and conservation work run from the camp. All these are complimentary. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
After lunch, say goodbye to Simply Saadani camp and head out on an afternoon game drive ending at the amazing tower, central to Babs’ camp. The tower is a 20 metre high stone structure complete with two suites, a private bar & restaurant and its own fifth storey crows’ nest. This camp is set on the edge of a salt flat ecosystem, and is a favourite place for passing elephants. We have discovered over the years that many animals like to settle near to the tower at night as they feel safe. Dinner on the salt flats under the endless stars. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the Wami river for a wonderful two hour cruise by boat. Enjoy your packed lunch amongst the hippo pods, look for crocs lining the bank and marvel at the stunning birdlife. Return in the late afternoon by safari vehicle, traversing Saadani National Park from South to North, looking for elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards and much more. Dinner at the tower (Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner).
Awaken early for a foot safari on the salt flats, a great way to study the mosaic of animal prints and see the smaller flora and fauna so often missed on game drive. You’ll game drive to the tower for your brunch before relaxing and looking for wildlife from the crows’ nest. Around 12:30pm, transfer through the park to the airstrip to connect with a flight to Zanzibar. On arrival meet your driver and transfer by road to Nungwi village in the north part of the island arriving at The Zanzibari boutique hotel. (Breakfast and dinner)
Relax at The Zanzibari boutique hotel. You can opt to go on a number of excursions from the hotel (extra cost) including a sunset cruise, visit to historical stone town, snorkelling trip and a guided tour of the nearby fishing village of Nungwi with the “man who knows everybody” and who also happens to be one of our managers (breakfast, dinner).
DAY 6, 7 & 8
After breakfast, transfer to Zanzibar airport for your onward journey. Breakfast).