Saanane Island National Park

Saanane Island National Park

Western Circuit

Saanane Island National Park

National Parks, Islands 2.20 km² Western Circuit, Mwanza

Covering an area of about 2.20 square Kilometers, Saanane National Park is located on an island in Lake Victoria. The park got its name from its former owner Mzee Saanane Chawandi.

In 1964, Saanane was the first zoo in Tanzania. Later in 1991, it was recognized as a game reserve and then in 2013, it was gazetted as a National Park.

The park can be reached in about 20-15 min boat ride from Mwanza town of Tanzania. The Park is also famous for its location within the city of Tanzania. With lots of adventures, the park welcomes visitors who are coming for a memorable Tanzania Safari.

The Park is a resident to mammals like Impala, Velvet Monkeys, Rock Hyrax, and Wild Cats. The presence of “De-brazza's Monkey” distinguishes the park as the only Park in the country inhabiting the species.

Reptiles can also be found in the park, including 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.

As for birds, there are 44 species documented in Saanane Island National Park. Many more can be found at different times of the year. 

Saanane Island National Park

Best Time to Visit Saanane Island National Park

Saanane National Park is best for all year round. November to March is best for watching most varied birdlife. The scenery remains the greenest during this period. June-August is the dry season and great for game viewing, rock hiking and Picnicking.

Getting to Saanane Island National Park

Saa Nane Island National Park is located within the city of Mwanza Town, 2 kilometers Southwest of it and centered in the Gulf of island of Lake Victoria. 

By Air: The Island can only be reached by road or air from Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International AirPort 

By Railway: It can be reached by taking the railway to Mwanza City from Arusha. 

By Sea: Some travel by sea to Mwanza Port from nearby islands like Uganda, Kenya and Bukoba.

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