|The isolated beach by the campsite is a highlight|
The lack of game and the presence of a village in the middle of the park kept us away all this time but the possibility of leaving Tanzania without checking the closest National Park to Dar es Salaam was enough to make plans to check it out.
|The bridge across the river at the Wami entrance|
|Campsite backs on to an isolated beach|
However, the major drawback was a full time caretaker which spoils the whole idea of camping. After having a look around and liking the campsite we left with the hope of camping there provided the caretaker had left for the day.
|Juvenile raptor we reckon|
Sea salt village comprises of big salt works and an attached village, an eyesore in the middle of a National Park, although technically they're not in the national park, as they have a small area set outside the park for them.
We couldn't locate the boat launching site of the site as described to us, was not much of a launch site other than for an old branchless and leafless baobab tree.
The rest of the was spent checking out the part and lunch at the beachside campsite. It was apparent there was a total lack of game but enough signs to suggest there was some plains game but obviously very shy of vehicles thanks to the years of poaching.
|White cheeked bee-eater were a common sighting|
|A deceptive crust sank under the weight of the car|
|Mud caked tyre is not much good for traction|
We decided to get ahead and wait at the ravine and it paid off when the Civet reappeared and gave us a great sighting but the light was poor in the evening shade of the ravine.
After giving it more opportunities to show up again and with no luck we left in amazement. This is a seriously rare sighting, only our second in all these years, and it made for the total lack of anything else remotely interesting.
|A rare Civet Cat was an unexpected highlight|
Besides being a decent driving park, there simply wasn't any game around or the game was awfully skittish. The plan was to get up early morning as usual and check out what was around and head in the direction of Madete gate on the Pangani road.
|This Vervet monkey watched over our lunch|
The highlight of the morning was the largest herds of Waterbuck along the road. We had never seen such big herds of Waterbuck which were relatively calm which was odd, but we later worked out that Waterbuck is not pleasant eating thus not as affected as much by the poachers.
|Common Waterbuck was a common sighting|
We headed to check out the ‘tent with a view’ lodge located outside the park. The lodge is beautifully located on an isolated beach and surrounded by bush. The folks at the lodge were trying to sell us the idea that they track lions and hence their guests have good game viewing. Possible I guess but it did confirm there were lions in the park and probably located close to this northern side of the park.
|Pleasant drives with no vehicles|
This was cool and only our second sighting and offered us the opportunity to shoot something – at long last! We stopped on the causeway and waited for the flock to appear in the dry riverbed. This was a nice sighting for a bird we have been chasing for a while and then movement in the trees alerted us to a troop of black and white Colobus Monkeys – it was all finally happening in Saadani :)
|Flock of Crested guineafowl|
|Black and Whites|
|Pondering a jump|
After checking the salt pans in Bagamoyo the rest of the evening was relaxing in the gardens of the Travelers lodge amazed at the total lack of birds and checking out a group of mongoose who lived on the premises.
|Travelers lodge in Bagamoyo has a cool camp site|