About 70km north of Bagamoyo along a lovely stretch of coastline, and directly opposite Zanzibar Island, is tiny Saadani National Park, a 1000-sq-km patch of coastal wilderness. Unpretentious and relaxing, it bills itself as one of the few spots in the country where you can enjoy the beach and watch wildlife at the same time.
While terrestrial wildlife-watching opportunities are modest, animals are definitely present. In addition to hippos and crocodiles, it’s quite likely that you’ll see giraffes, and elephant sightings are increasingly common. With luck, you may also see Lichtenstein’s hartebeests, and even lions, although these are more difficult to spot. Birding is very good.