Reviews of Saadani Safari Lodge
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2 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Saadani Safari Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"A relaxing break "
However in terms of a relaxing break before returning to the UK it proved to be very good-peaceful and remote with a chance to chill. The layout of the whole lodge along the shore provided plenty of places to retreat to the shade in addition to the loungers outside each room. My room itself was well appointed and very clean with views from my bed of the Indian Ocean (which at high tide was very close) as well as lovely sunrises.I had asked for a room away from the main areas and room 4 was ideal – just a bit separated by vegetation from the others, which are set apart but still in sight of one another.
Colourful dressing gowns, kikois and large sunhats were thoughtful additions as well as plentiful insect repellent and toiletries. There was constant hot water and recharging facilities were located in the restaurant area. This was fine while the guest numbers were low but may be a problem when more busy. The pool was a great boon and was well provided with loungers and towels although very few loungers had adequate shade from the fierce sun at any one time. As there were only 2 other guests it wasn’t a problem but if the lodge had been busier it would be rather restrictive.
The food was varied, freshly prepared and well presented. Indeed it was not really possible to do justice to three, three- course cooked meals a day and I invariably skipped one or more courses. Dining was not communal but after a couple of meals a nice Austrian couple suggested we join forces rather than talk across the space between tables.
The manager Rose was a great hostess – warm and friendly and amenable to me booking more than one activity per day. Staff were friendly and attentive to me as a solo traveller. Activities are varied but game drives only occupy part of a morning – leaving at 6am and returning for breakfast at about 9.15am. The river trip is worthwhile and the shorter sundowner drives were very pleasant. Gilbert my guide was very attentive and delightful company finding local birds for us both to strive to identify.
At night the January off shore winds were relentless and it is a wonder that the thatched roofs and woodwork have stood up as well as they have to the onslaught of salt -laden winds. I was not surprised therefore to hear that the whole camp is due for refurbishment.
For those who prefer longer periods of relaxation with short optional activities Saadani could be a good choice." See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania
"Wind down after 14 hectic days."
Staff really pleasant along with managers Graham and Candy. Meal times interesting with visits from bushbaby's and genets. Cool breeze off the ocean most welcome at night.
Only guests in camp again so we were well and truly spoiled." See all these reviews: 16n in Tanzania
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