I loved it here, everything about it! Where to start? I loved the setting, the white sands and the sea that was so close to the Banda. I loved the people; It felt like being a guest with the kindest of friends. Natalia was an amazing host.
I enjoyed the rustic bathroom where I felt I was having a shower in the bush. Have to confess that I didn't like the cold water so much but that's cos I'm a city softie and I wouldn't want to change it. I believe you can get hot water anyway, I probably just didn't run it long enough.
Meal times were a delight, the food and the charming service. Tino offers a different cocktail each evening; if you get the opportunity to sample a Tino-tastic don't turn it down!
The jeep safaris with Tizo we're wonderful. I don't know how he manages to drive so skillfully and at the same time spot everything there is to see, but he does. We saw tons of wildlife including lions by the watering hole.
If I had to pick a very favourite thing it would be the canoe rides with Christian along the mangroves. The bird life is amazing and Chris is so knowledgeable and relates it to African culture at the same time. A great educational opportunity and a sense of peace and harmony that I can't recall ever experiencing before.
I had to fight back the tears when it was time to leave - not entirely successfully.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Simply Saadani Camp (formerly Tent With A View safari lodge), Saadani National Park is in a remote and secluded location on the Indian Ocean coast, around a 4 hour drive north of Dar es-Salaam. The emphasis is on relaxing and enjoying the natural environment of Saadani National Park. Tanzania's only coastal wildlife preserve, Saadani is a unique combination of safari & beach. The deserted sandy beach is perfect for beachcombing, and the clear sea is safe for swimming.There are just 11 beachfront tented rooms (or "bandas") including 3 family suites with en suite bathrooms and solar powered hot water and electric lighting. Each banda has a large private balcony with a hammock. In the immediate vicinity of the lodge there are several guided nature trails, canoe rides and a wildlife research centre. ... more less
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