Saanane Island

Saanane Island

Things to do - general

Saanane Island National Park

Saanane Island is  covers  an area of 2.18 sq km comprising of three islets and aquatic life. The islets lie on the southern part of the main Island.


The park made a record of being the first ever National Park to be located within a City. The Park is the home to 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 life, mainly Tilapia and Nile Perch.


The Park is located 2km Southwest of Mwanza city centre, which lies in the Gulf of Lake Victoria (Latitude 2.5 S and Longitude 32 E).

One can travel by air from either Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro International Airports to Mwanza.  Also can travel by road or railway to Mwanza City from Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kigoma and Tabora. Moreover, people can travel by ship/vessel to Mwanza Port from Uganda, Kenya and Bukoba

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.

–  Game viewing

bird watching

rock hiking

boat cruise,



bush lunch,



sport fishing.

Special occasions like wedding, engagement, team building, family day and birthdays can also be organized.