Saanane Island National Park is a newly created national park located in Northern Tanzania in Mwanza region. The park is among islands in the Southern part of Lake Victoria. It was designed in 2013.  Saanane Island National Park comprises only three small islets and its surrounding environment which cover roughly 2.18 sq km. Saanane Island National Park  can be reached by boat in about 10 minutes form Capri Point (business Centre) in Mwanza town. This is the only National Park within the city limits. Thus, it is the smallest national park both in Tanzania and East Africa. It is a pleasure to have you with us and enjoy your stay in Mwanza city, “The Rock City”.

The Best time of your safaris at Serengeti National Park

The Park has a bimodal rainfall with short rains starting from February, March, April, November and December, long rains and dry season from June, July and August

The Park can be reached by rail, ship, air or by road by firstly riding to Mwanza City followed by a boat trip to Saanane Island National Park. One can drive to Mwanza from Dar-es-salaam, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Tabora or by ferry and ships from Uganda, Kenya, Bukoba and nearby islands. It takes a short boat ride about 10m from Mwanza to Saanane Island National Park.  Flights from Dar-es-salaam or Kilimanjaro International Airport to Mwanza are available frequently. Once arrived at Mwanza our guide will lead you to the park.

The uniqueness of Saanane Island National Park

The Saanane Island National Park is a home to free roaming mammals such as zebra, impala, rock hyrax, velvet monkey and wild cat. Herbivorous grazed freely in the park but all cats are kept in special safekeeping units.  It’s the only place in Tanzania where you might encounter the De-brazza’s monkey.

Unique Rocks appearance – Bismarck rock

The Bismarck rock is an unsteadily balanced rock that is located in Lake Victoria and the city of Mwanza. The rock sits above water and on a set of larger rocks in a collective formation that rises more than 10 metres above the lake’s surface. The surrounding areas are also quite attractive, with a few restaurants nearby, a well maintained small public park with green lawn and a ferry harbour to the other side of Mwanza gulf.


Sun-Rising and Sun-Downing

While being in the Saanane Island National Park, you will experience four sites that exist for sun rise/set watching: two for sun-rising and the two for sun-downing. This phenomenon creates fascinating object outlines across water to look at.


Tourism Activities

Saanane Island National Park 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.


Accomodation facilities

Tourists can camp inside the park but can as well obtain budget hotels and lodges from Mwanza city