Saadani Safari Lodge

Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge is located on the southern border of Saadani National Park; where you can experience untamed, untouched East Africa combined with the beauty of the Indian Ocean.

Maridadi Suites

There are 5 Maridadi Suites at Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge. Meaning 'elegant' in Swahili these beautiful suites are appropriately named. Raised on small stilts and surrounded by indigenous floras, the decks provide an excellent viewing platform of the expansive sea. The roofs are covered in traditional thatching and floors are made from striking teak wood. All suites have en-suite bathrooms with a private outdoor shower for those who wish to enjoy a hot shower under a ceiling of stars.

Siri Suite

Meaning 'secret' in Swahili our Siri Suite is the only one of its kind and offers the ultimate luxury for our guests. With inspiring views of the ocean, Saadani National Park and the sandy beach on the doorstep, this suite is set apart from all others. A private bar and pool provides unparalleled privacy, combined with private dining and sundowners on the small deck. This suite is perfect for honeymooners who wish for an incomparable experience.

Banda Suites

The lodge features nine colonial styled and intimate Banda Suites strung along the beach and cooled by the soft Ocean breeze. Six of the rooms are feature king beds while the remaining three are twin rooms. All rooms feature swathes of cotton cloth adorning the ceilings, large romantic Zanzibar style nets, locally carved furniture and incredible views over the ocean. A plethora of bird's calls will act as your alarm call to watch the sun majestically rise from the Ocean with a burst of brilliant color. The classic Banda's have a private Makuti (coconut leaf) shaded deck area directly on the beach complete with locally made sunbeds and mattress - the perfect spot to soak up the surrounding scenery.

Dining at Saadani Safari Lodge

Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge combines local fresh produce and professional skills to create sumptuous healthy and delicious meals. Please let us know if you have any special requests or dietary requirements prior to your arrival.

The authentic thatched restaurant is located on the beach front and serves freshly caught seafood with an assortment of local fresh produce. Breakfast is made up from a large spread of food to meet all morning appetites. Lunch and dinner are a la carte three course meals with an afternoon assortment of delicate savory and sweet nibbles in between. Seafood is a specialty, in particular the feasts of fresh prawns that are brought from the sea to the lodge kitchens daily. Meals take place in the restaurant as well as in the bush and on the beach. Private dining arrangements can be made upon request.

Land Activities at Saadani Safari Lodge

• Game Drives

Game drives start straight from the lodge's 'front door' in comfortable 4x4 vehicles. The park is the only coastal wildlife sanctuary of its kind on the eastern coast of Africa and so the game safaris are completely unique. The big four are frequently spotted around the lodge.

• Walking Safaris

From right outside the suites, wildlife spotting can occur on foot. Lions have occasionally been spotted as they pass the lodge at night and other nocturnal visitors include the civet cat, genet and sometimes leopard. A professional guide will take you to areas where you can travel by foot through the natural scenery and watch for the local wildlife and study animal tracks. You can pad barefooted directly from your veranda onto the beach for a gentle stroll or to watch the fisherman 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.

• Bird Walks

There is an abundance of local bird life within and round the lodge. Let your guide tell you about the different species and use their trained eye to help you look deeper and spot more than you could have imagined. This area is a birdwatcher's paradise and even for those who do not fall into that category, the bird life will astonish you too.

• Sundowners

To end any day on safari, Sanctuary offer their classic sundowners to all guests. Watch the magnificent sun sets with your favorite drink wherever you find yourself at that hour. Enjoy sundowners on our new, beautiful dhow.

• Saadani Village Tour

Meet the locals by visiting their village. See where the children learn and watch the daily lives of the local men and women on an excursion to the local Saadani village. The villagers are keen and excited to meet travelers from foreign lands.

• Maasai Community Tours

Learn about the Maasai culture by visiting their community and speaking to the locals. The villagers love to entertain guests with their local traditions and teach guests about their way of life.

Beach & River Actives at Saadani Safari Lodge

• River Safaris

Explore the wonders of the famous Wami River, a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts where large pods of hippos and basks of crocodile occupy the river. Located just 16km by road from the Lodge the Wami River is an overwhelming example of natural beauty. Date palms fringe the water edge whilst king fishers and weaver birds dart amongst their dappled shade. Fish eagles and storks fly high above the brackish water seeking tiger and cat fish displaced by the enormous steps of the resident hippopotamus. Nile crocodiles line the banks absorbing the powerful rays of the African sun whilst cautiously regarding the slow progress of the boat.

• Sand Bank Picnics

The sandy beach at Saadani Safari Lodge is unspoiled as nature intended and disappears to the horizon in both directions. The cry of a fish eagle and the gentle lapping of the waves provides the perfect soundtrack for a sand bank picnic. Enjoy freshly prepared food from the sand banks overlooking the blue Indian Ocean. Feel the breeze as you soak in the sun while eating mouth-watering meals.

• Snorkeling

Visit a deserted sand island in the Indian Ocean where the cool ocean is the perfect place to visit the underwater world. Guests can choose to leave early morning and equipped with snorkeling masks and flippers, take a swim straight off the sand banks and admire the coral and fish which have found their home in the waters off the beach. After snorkeling or sunbathing you can enjoy a scrumptious continental brunch accompanied by freshly squeezed fruit juices or sparkling wine and orange juice. Relax under our shaded tent before returning in time for lunch at the Lodge. We can also arrange a lunch trip to the sand island where our friendly staff will serve a fresh seafood lunch before returning back to the lodge. (Seasonal activity, not available in January and February each year)

Saadani Safari Lodge


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