Saadani Safari Lodge is situated in a horse shoe bay on the East coast of Tanzania.
The mix of different ecosystems sets Saadani apart from other national parks in Tanzania. The Indian Ocean washes over lowland coastal forests, acacia woodlands, open grasslands and mangroves.
Saadani has nine individual tented cottages set along the beach, cooled by ocean breezes and shaded by casherina trees. The classic bandas are light and airy with day beds on the verandas for afternoon siestas or nights sleeping out under the stars. Cottages are twin or double with large romantic Zanzibar style nets and locally carved furniture. Each room has an en suite bathroom with solar-heated shower and flush loo. Each cottage also has a full-length veranda, with unrestricted sea views.
Guests can walk directly from their veranda onto the beach for a gentle stroll or to watch the fishermen bringing in their prawn nets. What makes Saadani's beach unique however is the various footprints you can find imprinted in the sand. Nowhere else in the world can you walk on a beach following the footprints of a lion.
Out at sea there is a small tidal sand island set in clear waters, which makes a lovely full day ocean boat trip. Here you can picnic under shade on the island and there are good snorkelling spots just off shore. On land, wildebeast, antelope, duiker, reedbuck, zebra and giraffe amble the savannah plains whilst populations of buffalo and elephant laze in the shade. Lions, leopards, mongoose and other predators also relax in cool spots before embarking on their nocturnal hunting.