Saanane National Park


Saanane Island is a fully fledged National Park since July, 2013, covering an area of 2.18 sq km comprises of three islets and aquatic environment.  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 the City and the smallest National Park in both Tanzania and East Africa. 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 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 road or air from either Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro International Air Ports to Mwanza.  Also can travel by road or railway to Mwanza City from Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kigoma and Tabora. to mention a few. Moreover, people can travel by ship/vessel to Mwanza Port from Uganda, Kenya, Bukoba and nearby Islands.

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.


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.


All year round, birdlife is most varied and scenery greenest over Nov-March.  June-August is the dry season and great for picnics, game viewing and rock hiking.  


Conservation Fees/Entry Fees

East African Citizen Non-EA Citizen Expatriate
T.shs US $ US $
16 years and above 5,000 30 15
Between 5 and 16 2,000 15 5
Below 5 Free Free Free
Bush lunch (per head) excluding other fees 5,000 5 5

Boat Charges

East African Citizen Non-EA Citizen Expatriate
Tshs. US $ US $
Return Trip for 20pax 35,000 35 35
Lake excursion 1 hr 161,000 100 100
Lake excursion 30 min 80,500 50 50

Other Fees

Video recording in the Island: 100,000 for East Africa and 100$ for non citizen.

Video recording at office compound: 50,000 for East Africa and 50$ for non citizen.

Hiring of ground for special occasions at office Dock: 500,000.

Note: All charges are subject to change any time.



Don’t miss to take a trip to this unforgettable paradise.

For more information please contact:
Chief Park Warden 
Saanane Island National Park,
P.O. Box 11775,
Landline: +255 28 2541819
Mobile: +255 689 062276 or +255 767 536139
Fax: +255 28 2501205

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