Departure Date: 06/12/2019
Zanzibar’s turquoise waters and white sand beaches offer a tropical paradise. Few know about its equally stunning neighbour, Saadani which is just a short hop across by plane across the Zanzibar channel. Saadani’s wild, deserted beaches are home to baboons, breeding green turtles, and even the odd lion. Elephants gather in significant numbers in the thick vegetation of Elephant Island, before crossing the open salt flats into Saadani National Park. In combination, these two destinations offer a magnificent blend of bush and beach.
Day 1: Simply Saadani Camp, Saadani National Park
This park is unique as Tanzania’s only coastal wildlife conservancy in East Africa. The park is beginning to be recognised as a one stop destination combining the best of Tanzania’s deserted beach with lovely game viewing. It covers an area of some 1100 square kilometres and is a near perfect mirror reflection of Unguja (Zanzibar) Island, 26 miles away over the Zanzibar channel.
There are some star turns; Miles of wild, deserted white sand beach, the Indian Ocean right there, a marine park protecting an important green turtle nesting beach, elephant herds among the largest seen on the continent as well as regular lion sightings and an amazing boat safari. Saadani joins Selous Game Reserve as one of just 2 destinations in Tanzania which offer a boat safari.
Just 90 kilometres North of Dar es Salaam, Saadani sits in the centre of the historically famous triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar. It is the closest wildlife park to both Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. Created in 1969 as a game reserve, Saadani continued to extend North through the 1990’s until 2005 when the reserve was awarded National Park status under the management of TANAPA (Tanzania National Park Authority). Like many game reserves, Saadani had suffered from poaching, although mainly at a subsistence level from local villagers. This inevitably reduced animal numbers and the reserve suffered from an identity crisis – beach resort or wildlife park? Today, thanks to considerable efforts from the park authorities, and other dedicated professionals and stakeholders, Saadani National Park is fast becoming all things to all visitors.
Under TANAPA, the game viewing has vastly improved. The park has good numbers of giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, lions, Hippos, Crocs, among others, and boasts a healthy population of the rare Roosevelt’s sable antelope. Herds, of about 50 elephants are now regularly seen in territories providing some of the most spectacular sightings in any Tanzanian park.
Saadani offers a wonderful boat safari on the Wami river. The birdlife is spectacular, and includes rare species such as Pel’s fishing owl. The opportunities to get close to large groups of hippos are unparalleled, and some large crocodiles lurk on the edge of the mangroves.
Saadani Marine Park was set up to protect a green turtle breeding beach at Madete. The chances of seeing hatchlings emerge from the sand and take the plunge are best in July through September.
Arrive at Zanzibar International Airport, where you will meet your representative. Here, you will be put onto your 09:00 flight to Saadani National Park. It takes 15 minutes to arrive at Saadani airstrip where you’ll be picked up and transferred through the park to Simply Saadani Camp. After lunch and a rest, head out for a late afternoon game drive returning to the camp at the last light. (Lunch and dinner)
The guests need to arrive at Zanzibar international airport not later than 07:30 so they can connect on a daily flight to Saadani national park at 09:00.
Overnight: Simply Saadani Camp
Simply Saadani Camp is located near the Saadani National Park, Tanzania. The camp offers eleven beautiful rooms all facing the stunning Indian Ocean and surrounded by a wildlife park. Each room is very private and built using recycled natural materials. The camp is run on solar power so no noise and pollution. The lovely restaurant comes alive at night with the sounds of the sea close by. Guests can also enjoy dinner on the beach by the light of the moon.
Day 2: Simply Saadani Camp, Saadani National Park
Today, relax at the camp, swim in the ocean, walk the deserted beach, explore the colour-coded nature trails around the camp, enjoy a local canoe ride along the Mafui creek, or walk down to the wildlife research centre to learn about the camp’s conservation projects from collaring elephant and zebra to the upcoming lion collaring
Day 3: Bab's Camp, Saadani National Park
As previously described
After lunch, say goodbye to Simply Saadani camp and head out on an afternoon game drive ending at the amazing tower, central to Babs’ camp. The tower is a 20 metre high stone structure complete with two suites, a private bar & restaurant and its own fifth storey crows’ nest. This camp is set on the edge of a salt flat ecosystem, and is a favourite place for passing elephants. We have discovered over the years that many animals like to settle near to the tower at night as they feel safe. Dinner on the salt flats under the endless stars.
Overnight: Bab's Camp
Babs’ Camp is located on a private conservancy which A Tent With A View fondly call Elephant Island due to the high tide creating small islands on the salt flats where elephants can be seen munching on trees. The location is in the heart of some of the best wildlife activity in the park and on unique salt flats where guests can observe how the wildlife have adapted to the unique terrain. The heart of the conservancy is the 20 metre high tower complete with 2 suites, private restaurant and bar area and even a crow’s nest where guests can relax and watch for animals and enjoy wonderful 360 degree views of bush and Indian Ocean in the distance. The camp’s location on the edge of the Saadani salt flats means that we can treat our guests to fantastic walking safaris from the camp in the early morning as the salt flats show up animal prints and tell many stories of what passed in the previous day and night. Wildlife likes to come to the salt flats in the evening for protection as they have better visibility. This inevitably brings the predators.
Babs’ Camp consist of 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar & restaurant and a fifth floor crows' nest. It can accommodate a total of 6 people, 4 guests (2 parents and 2 children) on the 2nd floor and 2 guests on the 3rd floor. The camp has its own private team of waiter, chef & guide.
From Babs’ Camp we offer game drives, foot safaris & boat safaris. We can also do night drives.
Day 4: Bab's Camp, Saadani National Park
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to the Wami river for a wonderful two hour cruise by boat. Enjoy your packed lunch amongst the hippo pods, look for crocs lining the bank and marvel at the stunning birdlife. Return in the late afternoon by safari vehicle, traversing Saadani National Park from South to North, looking for elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards and much more. Dinner at the tower restaurant.
Day 5: The Zanzibari, Nungwi
Once little more than a ramshackle fishing village, Nungwi has been transformed into one of Unguja island’s busiest beach destinations and its second most populated village after its capital, Stone Town. Situated at the island's northernmost tip, Nungwi is blessed with some of Zanzibar’s most idyllic swimming beaches as the water surrounding this section of the island is fairly deep and mostly unaffected by the change of tides. It is also close to the world-renowned Mnemba atoll - a superb diving area. The village is also renowned as a party hotspot with plenty of boisterous nightlife and a thriving social scene hosted by the village’s slew of hotels, bars, shops and restaurants. Spend your days lazing on the spectacular beaches, floating in the idyllic turquoise waters or indulging in a massage. Then, as the sun sets, join the revelers as the town comes alive, cocktails flow freely and the beach bonfires begin to blaze. Dig a bit deeper though and you will find a peaceful way of life with an interesting history.
Awake early for a foot safari on the salt flats, a great way to study the mosaic of animal prints and see the smaller flora and fauna so often missed on game drive. Return to the tower for your brunch before relaxing and looking for wildlife from the crows’ nest. Around 13:30, transfer through the park to the airstrip to connect with a flight to Zanzibar. On arrival, transfer by road to Nungwi village in the north part of the island arriving at the lovely The Zanzibari boutique hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Overnight: The Zanzibari
The Zanzibari is located on the North Eastern tip of Zanzibar. Set above the beach on a low coral cliff with easy access to the sea, you are offered privacy, peace and tranquility while taking in the stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Facilities include a swimming pool with stunning ocean views, sea front rock pools for cooling off, wifi, seafront SPA for massages & body scrubs. The hotel is known for its fabulous 4 course dinner menus which change each day after enjoying a cocktail in the famous Dhow Restaurant & Bar.
We strive to offer our guests an oasis from the stresses and strains of daily life and unlike some of the larger Zanzibar hotels, we focus on providing an intimate, tranquil and private atmosphere with the added personal touch that will ease you into relaxation. To ensure we keep to our goal of providing privacy and exclusivity, The Zanzibari offers just 8 standard rooms in Bougainvillea House, 2 Fragipane Villas and the Bustani (Swahili for “garden”) Suite, all with en-suite, ensuring that the hotel never feels crowded. We focus on local entertainments from local singers and dancers to weavers all from the local village of Nungwi.
Day 6-8: The Zanzibari, Nungwi
Relax at The Zanzibari boutique hotel. You can opt to go on a number of excursions from the hotel (extra cost) including a sunset cruise, visit to historical stone town, snorkeling trip & diving, other watersports activities and a guided tour of the nearby fishing village of Nungwi with the “man who knows everybody” and who also happens to be one of our managers. You can also enjoy a massage or body treatment from the oceanfront SPA.
Day 9: End of Itinerary
After breakfast, transfer to Zanzibar airport for the flight back home or onward travel
Return airfares ex Johannesburg to Nairobi and onto Zanzibar, approx. airport taxes, a 2 nights stay at the Simply Saadani Camp in the Saadani National Park on a full board basis, a 2 nights stay at the Bab's Camp in the Saadani National Park on a full board basis, a 4 night stay at The Zanzibari in Nungwi on a half-board basis, Safaris & activities, internal flights and ground transfers mentioned in the itinerary, Park fees and other government fees
8 Nights from R42,080 pps
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