The 17 stilted suites of Sanctuary Saadani River Lodge are the epitome of ‘luxury, naturally’, built for rest and relaxation on the southern shore of the Wami River close to the Saadani National Park. The guest tree houses blend into the natural scenery on their stilts with traditional thatched roofs. In addition, for the ultimate secluded escape, River Lodge’s Wami Suite is a private villa with its own infinity pool, two bedrooms and bathrooms, a living room and dining room. The lodge offers guests a range of activities including game drives and river excursions. The in-house spa provides indulgent massages to enjoy between activities.
Saadani National Park is one of the last remaining protected coastal areas in Africa allowing native plants and abundant wildlife to flourish. Our guests are likely to catch sight of; cats, antelopes, giraffes, elephants and buffalo.
Lions and leopards enjoy relaxing in cooler spots waiting for the sun to set. Encounters with other vehicles during game drives are uncommon and game drives occur in the early morning and late afternoon/evening when the temperature is more agreeable to both our guests and the wildlife.
A great place to encounter the local wildlife is the Wami River. Bird watchers are in for a treat with the overwhelming abundance of birds in their natural habitat. Our river excursions start right from the lodge and journey down towards the mouth of the river encountering hippos and crocodiles whilst the monkeys and birds watch from the trees lining the water. There’s so much wildlife in the area, no river excursion is quite the same as another.
SUNDOWNERS & BUSH MEALS
When the sun sets, it’s a spectatcular moment that we mark with cocktails and a tasty snack. Sundowners can take place in the middle of the river or the middle of the bush while you absorb your surroundings. We will also be delighted to arrange a magical dinner experience for you in the middle of the bush.
Saadani National Park is Tanzania’s youngest national park and has the distinction of being the only coastal wildlife sanctuary of its kind on the eastern coast of Africa. The lodge is a retreat from the normal hustle and bustle of life, a place where the time is kept by the gentle ebbs and flows of the river.
There is a huge amount of wildlife in and around the lodge. Whether you journey in 4×4 vehicles, by boat or on foot, you’ll be up close and personal with the wildlife. There is a good chance of spotting lions, leopards, buffalo, antelope, hyenas, giraffes, elephants and zebras. By the river it is likely that you will spot hippos and crocodiles while Colobus monkeys clamber through the trees on the river banks.
The lodge and the surrounding areas are blessed with an array of bird life, ranging from the commonly viewed to the exotic and rare: Fish eagle, Black kite, Cuckoo Hawk, Lanner falcon, Lesser kestrel, Purple heron, Brown-necked parrot, Ringed plover, Long-crested eagle, Greater flamingo to name a few.