Saadani is located in a privileged position; coastline is flanked by endless native vegetation. Towards the south of the park the Wami river provides the boundary line and source to bountiful fresh water. In the hills lies one of the last remaining lowland coastal forest left in Africa, Zaraninge. All of these elements combine to provide Saadani’s native and migratory birds a sumptuous and unique backdrop in which to dwell in.
As such the National Park and surrounding areas is blessed with a huge array of bird life, ranging from the commonly viewed to the exotic and rare: Fish eagle, Black kite, Cuckoo Hawk, Lanner falcon, Lesser kestrel, Purple heron, Brown-necked parrot, Ringed plover, Long-crested eagle, Greater flamingo and many more.
The bird list provided is far from comprehensive but a useful tool to help all you budding ornithologists.
Saadani proudly boasts Africa’s big four with Rhino the only illusive element. Thanks to the conservation efforts of the National Park services, animals and birds can now find protective solace from the ravages of hunting and poaching. Game figures as a result have been steadily improving with species once prevalent returning back.
The Tanzanian Mammal Atlas www.tanzaniamammals.org recently compiled the following list of mammals caught in their camera traps, seen by their staff or reported by local villagers: Zanzibar galago, vervet monkey, blue monkey, yellow baboon, Angolan black and white colobus, black backed jackal, wild dog, African clawless otter, honey badger, civet, large spotted genet, bushy tailed mongoose, dwarfmongoose, banded mongoose, spotted hyeana, lion, leopard, savannah elephant, burchellâs zebra, aardvark, warthog, bush pig, hippopotamus, giraffe, lichtenstein's hartebeest, blue wildebeest, African buffalo, cape eland, greater kudu, bushbuck, Harvey's duiker, blue duiker, grey duiker, sunni, common waterbuck, bohor reedbuck, ground pangolin, crested porcupine, cape hare, four toed elephant shrew, black and rufous elephant shrew.
However what makes Saadani a unique destination is being able to study animal tracks in front of your room on the beach. Lion spore is often spotted as they amble past the lodge at night and intertwine with nocturnal regulars like civet cat, genet and sometimes leopard.