Frequent asked questions

Bush Landing at Saadani Airstrip

Are Safaris included ?

During your stay at Saadani Safari Lodge safaris are included as per program. Once a day a game drive in an open land cruiser or a river safari along the Wami river (subject to tide), a bush sundowner, bicycles are at your disposal. Safaris on a shared basis.

Can we do game drives in a private landcruiser ?

Yes, (upon availability) you can book a private land cruiser with guide here together with your online booking. First select your roomtype, the option will be shown: 450 USD/day.

What about different languages ?

We have safari guides doing game drives in English, French, German and Italian.

Park & Concession fees

All park and concession fees are included in the price and valid per 24h.

The wildlife that can be seen

Saadani is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania and in Africa bordering the ocean. Game viewing varies throughout the year and the area is known for sightings of  orcupines, civets, bush pigs, baboons and vervet monkeys. On the open sea, you might be able to spot many species of fish, dolphins, turtles and humpback whales. Key wildlife includes hippos, crocodiles, lions, buffalos, elephants, giraffe, gnus, bushbuck, waterbuck, zebra, dolphins, Zanzibar galago, blue monkey, yellow baboon, hyena, leopard, civet and sable antelope.

Where is the lodge located and how to get there ?

Saadani Safari Lodge is in Saadani National Park, on the coastline of Tanzania.

South: -6.03042° East: 38.78218°

The lodge is 5 minutes’ drive from private airstrip.

Flights from and to Zanzibar can be booked here online. First select your roomtype, then the flight booking option will be shown.

Flying times: (subject to multiple pick-ups and drop-offs which will affect flying time)

Dar es Salaam airport to Saadani Airstrip - 40 minutes via Zanzibar

Zanzibar airport to Saadani Airstrip – 15 minutes

Please note:

The luggage restriction for light aircrafts is 15kg/33lbs per person in a soft sided bag.

 

Road transfers:

Airstrip to Saadani Safari Lodge - 5 minutes, the transfer to the lodge is included.

Dar es Salaam to Saadani Safari Lodge – 2 to 3 hours depending on the traffic in Dar es Salaam. The transfer from Dar es Salaam can be booked here online. First select your roomtype, then the transfer booking option will be shown. 300 USD/vehicle 5 persons maximum one way.

What about families with children ?

We welcome children as from 3 years old at Saadani Safari Lodge. However the lodge can welcome children of 2 years with some exception. Children aged 12 years and younger are required to share the room with their parents. Children between 3 and 12 years may go on regular game drives with their parents. Children of 2 years will not be permitted on game drives for safety reasons, subject to the approval of the lodge manager and the close care of parents.
Babysitting service is unfortunately not available.

Honeymooners & Special requests

Honeymooners:

Guests celebrating their honeymoon will receive special surprises during their stay.

All attempts are made to keep honeymooners separate from other guests.

Our honeymoon services include:

• Special honeymoon welcome

• Sparkling wine in suite on arrival

• Private meal on deck or private Beach or Pool Dinner

Special requests:

Saadani Safari Lodge prides itself on its personalised services. Please let us know if you have any special requests, interests, dietary requirements, allergies or medical conditions prior to your arrival.

What is Included/Excluded

Rates include

• All meals and drinks (excluding premium brands)

• Transfer to and from Saadani Airstrip

• Park and concession fees

• One shared activity per day: Either a game drive or river safaris, Saadani village tour

Rates exclude

• Premium alcoholic drinks

• Additional activities

• Gratuities to driver/guides and staff

• All items of a personal nature, telephone calls and curio shop purchases

• Private vehicle and guide

Climate, clothing & health information

Climate:

Tanzania has a tropical climate which is mainly characterised by
warm days and cool evenings. December to March is usually the
warmest months of the year, while June to August is the coolest.
April and May often see intermittent rains, and from September
to November the days are warm with short, scattered rains falling
in November. As the lodge is situated on the beach it could become
humid at times and on most evenings, there is a cool breeze
coming from the ocean. Due to the actual climate change situation,
kindly note that the above weather prediction is just an indication.

Clothing:

Clothing should be cool and comfortable. Greens, browns and khaki coloured clothing are advisable for safaris especially when doing a walking safari. We suggest long sleeves and long trousers for morning game viewing and in the evenings due to mosquitoes and a fleece jacket as it could be cold early mornings. Sturdy and comfortable shoes are essential. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats are mandatory. Binoculars and good cameras are an absolute must. The camp provides a torch as well as complimentary mosquito repellent and toiletries.

Health Information:

Please discuss health precautions for your travel itinerary with a qualified health  rofessional at least six weeks before you depart. We advise all travellers to take precautions against malaria and we recommend speaking to your GP or personal physician four to six weeks before departure.

 

Check-in & Check-out

Check-in: from 15 am, early check-in upon availability

Check-out: 12 am, late check-out upon availability, supplement may apply.

Money, Credit & Tipping

All extras can be paid for with Visa, MasterCard, American Express. No cash payment is allowed at the lodge. Diners Cards or traveller cheque are not accepted.

 

Tipping is not obligatory, and it is at the appreciation of the guest. However, if you wish to do so, there is a Tips Box at the reception. The money collected is share among all the staffs at Saadani Safari lodge from the guides to the mamas who cook food for our staffs. We encourage collective tipping than individual one as staffs at the back office are also the one contributing to make your stay memorable.

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