The Mkomazi Game Reserve in Northern Tanzania is of great biological significance, representing species and ecosystems not commonly found elsewhere in East Africa. Visited by few, although stretching over 1,200 square miles and encompassing wildlife in great density and diversity, Mkomazi is sometimes referred to as the last frontier in Tanzania. There is a wide variety of flora and its fauna includes 78 species of mammals – elephant, kudu, hartebeest, giraffe, aardwolf and others. Endangered african wild dog and black rhino have been introduced to Mkomazi with the aid of the George Adamson / Tony Fitzjohn Wildlife Preservation Trust. Visitors are likely to see both species and learn more about ongoing conservation and breeding programs. There are approximately 450 recorded species of birds in Mkomazi, making it a birdwatcher's paradise.
Saadani is where the beach meets the bush. We reach it going east from Hatari and Shu’mata towards Zanzibar or vice versa. The only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast an Indian Ocean beachfront, it possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands so popular with European sun-worshippers. Yet, it is also the one place where those idle hours of sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past, or a lion coming to drink at the nearby waterhole! It is also home to a breathtaking variety of birds, best seen on the boat safaris, which leave from the camp beach, then turn up the nearby Wami River.
Saadani proudly boasts that it offers the rare combination of river, bush and beach. Yet, the camp emphasizes that you are camping among wild animals and the law of the jungle rules. Another night, at Saadani, a pride of lions was wandering around – we made an interesting discovery the following morning when we saw their tracks...