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“Tanzania’s only coastal safari lodge has nine tented huts hidden in the trees bordering a massive empty beach, where, they say hippos play in the waves at dawn. There was no hippo surf action during the time I was there, but there were elephant prints in the sand, and the twig cracking of prowling wildlife after dark. The first night is “Oh my God; what was that?” but you’ll be blase by day three, and it’s worth facing the fear for the pre-breakfast swims, the sunset beers in the wooden, boat shaped bar and bouncing around the 1,000m2 game reserve in the back of the jeep, plus suppers of fish straight from the sea. If you are up at down, chug up-river in a boat, spotting hippos, crocodiles and exotic birds.”

Susan Ward Davies - Elle Travel Editor

10 Best Safari Holidays -

“Having a social evening drink in the beachside Mikandi Bar, your fireside tales will earn extra kudos when peppered with references to the wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and lion you happened across that day. From you base on a white sand beach beside the Indian Ocean, you’ll take guided (and armed) walking safaris into the Saadani National Park, croc and hippo-spotting boat safaris up the Wami River, go luxury fly-camping and snorkel with turtles and dolphins. Oh and the nine tented cottages, nestled between casuarina trees, are gorgeous too.”

Finalist - Good Safari Guide, Best New Safari Lodge

“One of Africa’s most unique and distinctive destinations where beach, bush and river converge in a colourful clash of ecosystems. Saadani Safari Lodge is a privately run lodge set in the heart of Saadani National Park, a blend of rustic chic and eco cool. Thusi environmentally sensitive lodge consists of nine tented bandas and one Luxury suite strung along a deserted, golden beach. An open air bar, swimming pool, lounge and private water hole are cleverly hid amongst indigenous flora, providing a genuine blend of beach and bush safari.”

Lonely Planet

“This delectable beach-side retreat is the only lodging within the park, and a fine base from which to explore the area. Each of the nine cosy cottages is set directly on the beach with nothing in front of you except the sea and the sunrise, or the night sky full of stars. There's an open, thatched restaurant, also directly on the sand, with a raised sundowner deck, and tree house overlooking a small waterhole. The atmosphere is unpretentious and comfortable, staff unfailingly friendly and helpful, and the cuisine is excellent. Safaris - including boat safaris on the Wami River, vehicle safaris, walks and snorkelling excursions to a nearby sandbank - cost US$35 per person per excursion, with a minimum of three people.”

Daily Mail, November 2006

“Our second stop, Saadani Safari Lodge, was different, but equally enchanting. The national park was only opened in 1999. It is the only park on the beach in East Africa - and what a beach! Seven miles of silver sands where the only footprints are made by a few local fishermen and the vervet monkeys, ubiquitous and amusing creatures identified by the male's bright blue nether regions. Here our tent - one of nine right on the beach - was equally sumptuous.

The food was delicious with interesting combinations of vegetables, and the freshest seafood caught by those fishermen from a neighbouring village. Saadani proudly boasts that it offers the rare combination of river, bush and beach. It also has a beautiful swimming pool with a little waterfall. Its animals are shyer than in the long-established Selous, but that makes it more rewarding when you track them down. If you're lucky, they say you might spot elephants frolicking in the surf, although they didn't oblige for us. It is also home to a breathtaking assortment of birds, best seen on the boat safaris which leave from the camp beach, then turn up the nearby Wami River.

Another night, at Saadani, a pride of lions wandered through - an alarming discovery we made the following morning when we saw their tracks. Neither time were we too frightened, bolstered by the knowledge that [there are] armed guards on duty after dark. No safari holiday is complete unless you finish with a few days at a beach resort. For us this was on the island of Zanzibar, a 20-minute trip from Saadani in another small plane (once we had cleared the animals from the airstrip).”