Saadani National Park is Tanzania's 13th National Park. Tourists can view animals basking along the Indian Ocean shores. It has an area of 1100 km2 and was established in 2005 from an a game reserve which had existed from 1969. It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea.
Gazetted in 2005, it encompasses a preserved ecosystem including the former Saadani game reserve, the former Mkwaja ranch area, the Wami River as well as the Zaraninge Forest. Now the former ranch and the Game Reserve are combined and under protection by TANAPA and wildlife species are free to move within the entire area and its buffer zones. Many villages exist around the boundaries of the Park. In 1969, when Saadani Game Reserve was officially created, Saadani village elders were consulted and the loss of cultivated land was compensated for. Before being included in the national park, the Zaraninge Forest was managed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) whose goal was to preserve the extremely high botanical diversity of one of the last coastal rain forests remaining in Tanzania. The Mkwaja area is the reminder of a large cattle ranch which has been run from 1952 to 2000.
A baby monkey clings to its mother at Saadani National Park
A colorful bird perches on a branch at Saadani National Park
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