FLY – Saadani National Park or our Private Airstrip
There are several aviation companies offering regular flights to Saadani National Park, which is only about 50km scenic drive away. We organise transfers to and from the airstrip, and it’s possible to do a game drive in Saadani before or after your flight. There is a
private airstrip at Kisampa, (TCAA registered) for chartered fight to Matpwili airstrip (dry season only, check with camp first)
BY CAR – most people who visit Kisampa are self-drive or come by road with their tour operator.
By Road from Kiwangwa – no TANAPA fee to pay
Kisampa is close to Dar – about 100km north-west, not far after Bagamoyo. To drive, take the Bagamoyo road out of Dar es Salaam, and continue for around 1.5 hours through to Bagamoyo then turn left and continue for half an hour to Kiwangwa Village. There you take a right-hand turn after the bumps down a new dirt/maram road to the Kisampa turn off. Then you need a 4x4 (Rav4 or better) to cover the remaining 4km to the Wami River. At Kiwangwa we can arrange a motorbike for you to follow to avoid getting lost At the river you will be met and transferred across by canoe.
A Word Of Caution
When it rains heavily the road from Kiwangwa to the river is difficult and a big 4x4 with good clearance is best. We did make it down in heavy rain with a Rav 4 but this is not recommended.
By Road from Saadani – you must pay park fees.
Kisampa and the conservancy borders Saadani National Park, and you can drive from the park direct to the camp. To drive via Saadani, take the Bagamoyo road out of Dar es Salaam, and continue for around 1.5 hours through to Bagamoyo then turn left and continue for twenty minutes crossing the Ruvu river. In the next village you will see the sign for Saadani National Park. Ask at the gate and the Kisampa turning is through a village to your left just after you enter. You must pay park fees in the center of the park at HQ but this can be done the next day if you are going for a game drive.