An 8 hour flight from London to Nairobi, another transfer flight on to Dar es Salaam, 4 hours driving over dusty roads: It is safe to say my wife and I were very much looking forward to getting to Sadaani! Quite frankly we would have welcomed anything after such a trip and not knowing what to expect we were blown away by the hospitality we received at the lodge.
Warmly welcomed by Graeme and Candy and escorted to our beautiful suite on the beach this was the perfect start to our honeymoon. The staff were so lovely and always willing to have a chat at meal times and accommodate any request. We were given a special Swahili dinner one night having expressed an interest in finding out more about this cuisine and on another night a table under the stars was set up for us to make the most of a romantic evening. Breakfast and lunch were consistently very good and dinners were excellent.
The room (well it was really a bungalow to be honest) was beautiful - spacious, wonderful four posted bed, outdoor shower, balcony overlooking the beach, lounge chairs to gaze at the sea and all decorated like a posh, up-market beach hut!
The safari options were also excellent. We had one activity per day included and having arrived at the lodge that first lunchtime we immediately set out with our awesome guides, Jeremiah, Isaac and Jacob to see what we could find. Rather fortuitously we managed to stumble upon a pride of lions wandering around looking out for their evening meal which was a surreal but pretty cool start to the holiday. As the lodge is also near the Wami River you can go on river safaris to see crocodiles and hippos lounging around in the sun. I don't think you can overestimate quite how impressive a full grown hippo can be! We were aware that at Sadaani you might not get to see the quantity of animals you might see at other more established parks, but we still managed to observe giraffes, zebra, elephants, lions, baboons, a whole range of gazelle and buffalo and birds while not seeing another Jeep around.
In fact the lodge itself became almost like our own private holiday home where we would settle down in the evening with a banana daiquiri, chatting to fellow guests as well as Graeme and Candy. The hospitality shown by Graeme and Candy made such an impression on both of us - they truly cared about their guests and wanted to ensure that we had everything we needed. By the end of the trip we not only thought of them as friends but were also considering how we too might be able to pack up our lives in the UK and come over to Africa to manage a lodge!
If only Sadaani was a little easier to get to!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are 5 Maridadi Suites at Saadani Safari Lodge. Meaning 'elegant' in Swahili, these beautiful suites are appropriately named. Raised on small stilts and surrounded by indigenous floras, the decks provide an excellent viewing platform of the expansive sea. The roofs are covered in traditional thatching and floors are made from striking teak wood. All suites have en-suite bathrooms with a private outdoor shower for those who wish to enjoy a hot shower under a ceiling of stars. Meaning 'secret' in Swahili, our Siri Suite is the only one of its kind and offers the ultimate luxury for our guests. With inspiring views of the ocean, Saadani National Park and the sandy beach on the doorstep, this suite is set apart from all others. A private bar and pool provides unparalleled privacy, combined with private dining and sundowners on the small deck. This suite is perfect for honeymooners who wish for an incomparable experience. The lodge features nine colonial styled and intimate Banda Suites strung along the beach and cooled by the soft Ocean breeze. Six of the rooms are feature king beds while the remaining three are twin rooms. All rooms feature swathes of cotton cloth adorning the ceilings, large romantic Zanzibar style nets, locally carved furniture and incredible views over the ocean. A plethora of bird's calls will act as your alarm call to watch the sun majestically rise from the Ocean with a burst of brilliant colour. The classic Banda's have a private Makuti (coconut leaf) shaded deck area directly on the beach complete with locally made sunbeds and mattress - the perfect spot to soak up the surrounding scenery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saadani Safari Hotel Saadani National Park