Birds – Saadani NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Bradt guidebooks to African destinations, including the guide to Tanzania.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Philip is the author of the Bradt guidebook to Tanzania.

Saadani offers excellent birding in a variety of habitats. Boat trips on the mangrove-lined Wami River offer a good selection of marine and riverine birds, including the mangrove kingfisher and lesser flamingo. The interior of the park is great for seeing some of the grassland species, and a variety of raptors such as bateleur and crowned eagle. Migratory birds are present from November to April.

Notable Birds in Saadani NP
African fish eagle
Goliath heron
Lesser flamingo
Pel's fishing-owl
Purple heron

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Best Time for Bird Watching

Birding in Saadani is good year-round. Migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa can be found in November to April, making this the best time for bird watching. Additionally, this is nesting season for resident birds, and many can be spotted in their breeding plumage. The months of June through October are considered the Dry season, which is the best time for watching wildlife.

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Facts & Figures

Birds in Saadani NP
Bird Species
Migratory Birds
Nov to Apr