June-Sept: the coolest time of the year and best for hippo and crocodile in the Wami river. Landscapes are green after the rains start to dry, opening up the grasslands for good game viewing. This is an ideal time for game driving and forest walks, and also for snorkelling as the sea is at its calmest.
Oct-Nov: Warmer temperatures and the end of the dry season mean that animals are increasingly attracted towards the lodge's waterhole. Buffalo are particularly visible at this time. Migratory birds start to arrive from the north and are at their most active. There are usually some light rains from late October - November, which bring flowers and a green hue to the parched landscape. But the sea can be choppy - not ideal for swimming.
Dec-March: The warmest time of year, when guests are invited to sleep under the stars in the cooling sea breeze. Swimming is at its best, and after short rains there is increasing activity around the waterholes. All the trees are in leaf and the environment is fertile.
April-May: April is traditionally the start of the heavier monsoon, but in recent years it has remained dry so the lodge will remain open for the month (but do be prepared for some rain and choppy seas). In May, the lodge is closed and many tracks and roads become impassable.
Our lodge is a safe place as we provide a security team at its perimeter. We do however recommend that your cars remain locked when not in use. All cars are parked at owner’s risk.
In order to ensure your room is cleaned thoroughly we request that check in time is not before 13:00. However all amenities will be provided in advance. Check out time is 11:00 am.
There is not telephone land line at Saadani River Lodge. Cell phone networks like Vodacom and Zantel work erratically in the area of the lodge. Phone devices provided into the room are for internal communication only.
Please do not drink water from the tap. Water is safe for brushing your teeth but you are provided with bottled water for this purpose in the room.
Electricity and sustainability
All our power points use 220V. Selected sockets into the room with UPS sign on are supported by batteries and work 24 hours for charging personal devices as mobile phones, laptops etc. Please don’t connect high voltage devices on UPS sockets (hair dryer, kettle, iron), as serious damage may be caused to UPS and batteries system. The A/C, the water heater and the minibar in your suite are running specific hours during the day, when the generator is on. Please get advised by the Front Office the time schedule of the day during which you can use certain amenities. For safety reasons, please turn off heater switch before taking a bath or shower. The TV set in your suite is connected 24 hrs to UPS system. Prolonged use of the TV will result to the drainage of the support battery system.
Water is our most precious commodity so please use wisely. For this reason, please inform the housekeeper in case you need the bed sheets to be changed in daily basis. Please leave the towels in the laundry basket if you want them to be changed the same day.
Emergency - First Aid
In the event of emergency, please ask for your lodge manager calling 200 from your suite’s phone. A complete first aid kit is available at the Front Office.
In the unlikely event of a fire, please vacate your room and assemble at the swimming pool deck next to the restaurant (Emergency points marked an “E” on the lodge diagram).
All our suites and common areas outside the restaurant and the swimming pool deck are non smoking areas. Please refrain from smoking in these areas. Smoking is allowed on the outside deck of your suite. Ask for an ashtray from the Front Office. Please don’t throw butts under the deck.
Please note that gratuities are not included in the pricing of any goods or services offered at Saadani River Lodge. If you would like to leave a gratuity, may we suggest that this be placed in the tip box provided at the reception. All gratuities are divided equally amongst our staff. Even those people you do not meet during your stay contribute greatly to your comfort.
Settling the bill
Please settle all bills at the end of your stay. Payment by credit cars (VISA & Mastercard) are accepted but with a 5% surcharge on all transactions. We also accept most currencies but will convert all to our base rate USD.
Keys & key holders
Please do not forget to hand in your room key to reception on departure and whenever you go out from the lodge for an activity during your stay. The key holder of your suite is handcrafted exclusively for Saadani River Lodge. You can purchase a copy of your key holder from our gift shop at the front office. In case of loss, 20 USD will be charged to your bill for the key holder.
Saadani Check List
So what are the "must haves" on a trip to Saadani?
- Suitable clothing. For game drives we recommend you bring clothing that is in keeping with the natural environment, natural, earthy tones work best as bright colours can scare off game.
- A hat - the African sun is deceptively hot and sunstorke is always a threat for the unguarded.
- In the evening we would recommend you cover ankles and other areas attractive to mosquitoes.
- We do not enforce a strict dress policy but would request that you not wear bathing customs at lunch.
- If you intend on trying our walking safaris a suitable pair of walking shoes is a must. Thick spines can puncture trainers easily so a heavy sole is recommended as are long, thick trousers.
- Our paths and walkways are made of natural materials so we would not recommend the use of high heels.
- Swimming costumes for plenty of time in the water.
- Suntan lotion. Sufficient protection for your skin type. We would recommend a higher than normal factor as Saadani is located close to the equator.
- A good read - from trashy to intellectual a good read is always a useful companion.
- Small medical kit. Whilst we have a comprehensive medical kit is never a bad idea to carry your own. We would recommend you bring aspirins, after sun lotion, lip balm, milk of magnesia, plasters etc.
- Medical and travel insurance.