Safaris off the beaten track

Giraffes in Saadani

Safaris away from it all, the real nature adventure, no other cars with you and no traffic jam next to the lions. Enjoy totally private safaris in two of the newest National Parks in Tanzania, Saadani National Park on the coast and Mkomazi National Park on the border with Kenya. Gazetted as national parks in 2005 and 2008 respectively, both of the parks are not on the regular safari itinerary, but more than worth a visit.
Saadani is the only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast an Indian Ocean beachfront: ‘where beach meets bush’. It is unique in that it is both a savannah and a coastal park. Saadani is small at 1,100 km² but is very diverse. Within its boundaries are beautiful beaches, a stretch of the Wami River before it meets the sea, the biodiverse Zaraninge coastal forest and acacia savannah. A wide range of grazers and primates can be seen on game drives and walks, among them giraffe, buffalo, warthog, common waterbuck, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, wildebeest, zebra, red duiker, grey duiker, dik-dik, sable antelope, yellow baboons, as well as vervet, colobus and Sykes’ monkeys. Herds of elephants are encountered with increasing frequency and several lion prides are resident, together with leopard, jackal, African civet, serval cat and spotted hyena. Take a leisurely cruise up the Wami River looking for hippo, the illusive crocodile and Nile monitors. There are over 220 species of birds. A map for Saadani you can find here.
Mkomazi lies between Pare and West Usambara mountains and Kenya. It is contiguous with Kenya’s biggest protected area – Tsavo National Park. Together with Tsavo it is 24 245 km² in size and it forms one of East Africa´s most important savannah ecosystems. It is one of the richest savannahs in Africa and possibly the world, with rare and endemic fauna and flora, e.g. the black rhino and wild dogs. Most of the large mammal species found in Tsavo are resident in Mkomazi or else regularly migrate back and forth. One has a good chance of sighting the long-necked gerenuk and the northern subspecies of oryx (Oryx gazella callotis) which has long tufts of hair growing form the tips of the ears. It is the only Park in Tanzania with large and visible population of gerenuk. African wild dogs were re-introduced in the 1990´s. Black rhino have been re-introduced from South Africa´s Addo National Park and are held in a special fenced sanctuary. Finally Mkomazi boasts over 400 species of birds. A map for Mkomazi you can find here.

What to do:

  • Game Drives
  • Boat Safari
  • Walking Safari
  • Night Game Drive
  • Birding Safaris


  • TATONA members for Safari:
  • Kijongo Bay Beach Resort, Saadani National Park
  • Tembo Kijani, Saadani National Park
  • Kijani Collection, Saadani National Park
  • Gecko Adventure Tanzania, Lushhoto
  • The Wild Shores, Saadani National Park
  • Mambo View Point Ecolodge, Mkomazi National Park