- Safari Camp on the beach
- Game Drives
- Snorkelling and sand island picnics
- Dhow ocean sailing
Saadani National Park is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania which has a coastal border, and as such is a rare opportunity to combine safari with beach from one location. The lodge is located on the southern border of the Saadani National Park overlooking the Indian Ocean. Wildlife includes genets, porcupines, civets, bushbuck, bush pig, yellow baboons and vervet monkeys. Deeper in the park the open grasslands offer possible sightings of herds of buffalo and elephants, zebra, giraffe, lion, shy leopard and mongoose. The ocean here is also rich in wildlife with good snorkelling and dolphins, green turtles and humpback whales in season.
The lodge operates in a ‘safari style’ with three meals a day and a variety of snacks and high tea. Seafood is the speciality with all produce sourced locally where possible, served in the restaurant, in the bush, on the beach and private dining on request. The main area includes a coffee lounge, library, restaurant, kitchen and two swimming pools.
There are only 15 rooms all backing onto the sandy beach with veranda overlooking the Saadani National Park. The nine Banda suites are the lead in category room with Zanzibar style furniture with cotton cloth ceilings and Makuti roof deck area over your private veranda with sunbeds and mattresses. The five Maridadi suites are on raised platforms with thatched roof, teak floors and additional outdoor shower. The Siri suite has a private bar and pool with private dining and sundowners on the small deck.
The Camp is run along safari lines, fully inclusive with three meals a day, snacks, high tea, laundry, Saadani airstrip transfers, national park fees and one shared scheduled lodge activity per day all included. The scheduled lodge activities include both Safari & Ocean activities meaning you can strike a nice balance and there is usually plenty of time to relax on the beach each day. Safari activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicle into the national park, river cruises on the Wami River and guided bush and bird walks from the lodge. Heading out to the sea, there are visits to a deserted sand island for snorkelling (available March to December) and traditional dhow sailing cruises.
Saadani Safari Lodge accepts children of all ages but walking safaris are limited to those over 16 years at the discretion of management. The Mariadadi family suite is the best accommodation choice as the entire family will be under one roof but with the comfort of two rooms on either side of the private lounge area.
- One-day safari
- Big game fishing
- Reef snorkelling and diving
- On-beach accommodation
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019