On the mainland coast near Saadani National Park
Bush and beach in one location makes Simply Saadani a very special place. Combine 4×4 and boat safaris with canoe trips in the coastal mangroves and relaxing walks along the beach. The atmosphere is relaxed, staff attentive, and the setting simply beautiful.
Saadani is unusual, a game park that borders the coast and includes mangrove swamps as well as woodland and open bush. Simply Saadani make the best of both worlds, providing game drives, river safaris and guided walks, plus opportunities to explore the coast, walk along the sandy beach and, in season, watch dolphins out at sea and witness turtles hatching.
The style is the lodge is simple. Guest bandas set on stilts overlooking the ocean. Inside they are comfy and roomy, with 3 having a second bedroom making good family accommodation, and all have a large en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. Best of all, there’s a private deck at the front facing the beach, ideal for restful moments. The secluded and luxurious Venus suite is designed with honeymooners in mind.
The central lounge-bar-dining room is on a high timber deck and also has far reaching views of the coast and ocean, which change with the tide. Relax on one of the sofas as you chat to fellow travellers and sip an ice cold beer. Meals are served here with dinner sometimes eaten on the beach by lamplight. Nature is the real star at Simply Saadani.
Simply Saadani was previously known as Tent With A View Safari Lodge.
Times to Go
The main rainy season is in April and May when Simply Saadani is closed. Outside these months the weather is generally warm and sunny, hottest from October to March, and game viewing is good. In September and October you can visit Madete Marine Park to witness green turtles nesting and hatching.
Simply Saadani highlights
- Gorgeous ocean views
- 4×4 and boat safaris
- Explore coastal mangroves
- Fall asleep to the sound of the waves
- Families welcome
- Friendly staff
- Go for walks along the beach
Simply Saadani location
- 11 guest chalets
- Closed April & May
- Children of all ages welcome
- Dining room
- Nature trails
- Solar power
- Half and full day game drives
- Boat safaris on the Wami River
- Nature walks
- Mangrove canoe rides
- Bird watching
- Beach walks
- Dolphin watching (seasonal)
- Turtles hatching (seasonal)
Simply Saadani bandas and suite
There are eight double/twin bandas and three larger chalets with two adjoining bedrooms each for families, largely constructed from recycled wood. All are set on elevated wooden decks reached by a flight of steps and have high thatched roofs. Each has an en-suite shower room to the rear of the room with solar heated water, an indoor sitting area and a covered terrace with a hammock to the front facing the beach and ocean. The Venus suite is an ideal honeymoon or couple’s retreat, located near the mangroves and with a sunken bathtub.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“The Tent With a View Foundation (http://www.carewithaview.org/) raises funds for medical and educational projects such as Doctors on Safari, where medics visit communities to treat local people, and the Kerege Children’s Home for which they have provided solar panels. They have begun a medical training programme in Mkwaja village near the lodge, and raised funds to provide important supplies.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.