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.

          GETTING THERE

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.