Saadani National Park
This area is an absolute unique delight where the beach meets the bush. Not found in any of the other National Parks, it is the only wildlife sanctuary that reaches the Indian Ocean. Its size is 1,100km2. Imagine the contrast of enjoying the tropical beach paradise knowing it is entirely possible a lion or elephant could be at a nearby waterhole.
The Park is approximately 100km northwest of Dar es Salaam and also within 45km of Bagamoyo (an unspoilt coastal town) and directly west of Zanzibar. You may not find such great numbers of wildlife in this park but its landscape and unusual layout makes it well worth adding on to your itinerary.
Herds of up to 30 elephants are encountered with increasing frequency within the park and you may be lucky enough to find a pride of lions. Also resident are the Leopard, spotted Hyena and Black-Backed Jackal. Within the park you have the opportunity to get on the Wami River. Admist the wild mangroves you could come up close to Hippos, Crocodiles and a selection of marine birds, including the mangrove kingfisher and lesser flamingo. Another amazing offering from this park is that these beaches are one of the last major green turtle breeding sites on mainland Tanzania.