We stayed at Saadani Safari Lodge for 3 nights, following a hectic 6 day safari in Northern Tanzania. It provided an idilic conclusion to a fantastic holiday, but could have been a sole destination in its own right. There were 5 of us in our group; 2 teenagers, 2 70 somethings and me (somewhere in between!). We were picked up at the nearby landing strip and headed to the lodge where we received a great welcome. The location is really fabulous, deserted perfect beaches, and 2 lovely pools. The rooms were beautifully furnished, and unique. All the lodges were yards from the sea. We likes the 'green' credentials but that did mean the solar powered showers on the first day were warm, not hot, as it had been slightly less sunny than usual. This was compensated by the view of the beach that we had from the shower!
The trips were great, we did the river trip and saw lots of hippo's, crocs, monitor lizards and many birds. We also went on a walking safari which gave us a different perspective to the game drives we experienced in the Serengetti and Ngorongoro Creator. It was tailored to the abilities in our group and expertly guided with two guides, an armed ranger, and Nic, one of the managers. We were a bit disappointed that the snorkelling trip was unavailable but understand that it will be available again soon. The trips we took involved early starts to get the best opportunities to see the wildlife. We were given coffee / tea and cake before we left, and brunch was arranged to tie in with our return. This attention to detail was really appreciated and helped persuade the teenagers out of bed!
The bar was a peaceful place to relax with drinks and snacks pre-dinner served with big smile by the barman. It was a good opportunity to share the days experiences and chat with Nic and Jana who were always around when you needed them. Some evenings we were accompanied by regular visitors, a Genet and a bush baby. We all thought the food was delicious, varied and well presented. The portions were generous and served promptly, but without feeling rushed. Nothing was too much trouble.
Overall there is very little we could fault. We were exceptionally well looked after by lovely staff, and found that the combination of trips and time for rest and relaxation suited our mixed age group to perfection.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The heady mix of different ecosystems sets Saadani apart from all the national parks in Tanzania. The Blue haze of the Indian Ocean washes over Lowland coastal forests, acacia woodlands, open grasslands and mangroves. Saadani Safari Lodge set in the heart of the park offers an idyllic retreat to explore this most unique and distinguished destination.Beach, bush and river come together in a clash of colourful ecosystems found nowhere else on the eastern coast of Africa. Saadani Safari Lodge is owned by Costa Coucoulis, a passionate nature-lover who has fully renovated and refurbished an existing property with creative style and sympathy to the natural environment. The fifteen, tented cottages with their cool grass roofs are strung along the beach. Each has its own veranda and pretty en-suite bathroom. Seafood is a specialty, in particular the feasts of fresh prawns that are brought from the sea to the lodge kitchens daily. Nature-wise, the uniqueness of Saadani Safari Lodge is its proximity to such a mix of different ecosystems. From the delights of the Wami River where a stone’s throw from the open sea you can be boating past pods of hippo, the lodge also offers game driving and bush walking to explore the plentiful wildlife in the natural bush. Out at sea, a sand island is a lovely spot for picnics and snorkelling in warm tropical waters ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Saadani Safari Hotel Saadani National Park