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Saanane Island National Park

Western Circuit - Tanzania


About the park

The fascinating Saanane Island recently became a National Park. A status that is well deserved. The Island is a true gem, with green river beds, naturally sculpted rocky hills and landscapes surrounded by tropical waters. All of which is decorated by a wild array of birds, fish, insects and flowers, with a unique view over lake Victoria and the landmarks of Mwanza City added spectacle.

The Park Overview: Saanane is the first National Park ever located within a city and the smallest in both Tanzania and East Africa, probably even in the world. Here, surrounded by Africa’s largest lake, you will find a peaceful hideway away from the buzz of the City of Mwanza. The Park is the home of mammals like Impala, Rock Hyrax, Velvet Monkeys and Wild Cats. 

The presence of “De-brazas Monkey” underscores its potential as the only Park in the country inhabiting the species.  Reptiles are also dominant; they include crocodiles, Monitor Lizards, Agama Lizards, Pancake and Leopard Tortoises, Snakes particularly Python. The aquatic part of the Park inhabits a variety of fisheries.

How to Get there? 

While in Mwanza City, the Island is accessed by a regular short boat ride for about 5 minutes from Park Offices, on the mainland. Park Offices are easily accessed about 15 minutes short walk from the City Centre.


The Saanane Island is an ideal place for game viewing, bird watching, rock hiking, boat cruise, walking, picnics, bush lunch, photographing/filming, meditation and sport fishing.  Special occasions like wedding, engagement, team building, family day and birthdays can also be organized.

We specialize in a tailor made independent safari select programmes, that is absolutely responsive to our Client’s tastes, preferences and highly considerable to value for money.