About Saanane National Park:
Size: 2.18 sq. km.
Location: Western Zone Tanzania, located 2km Southwest of Mwanza city centre.
Getting There :
Charter and schedule flights 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.The Island is accessed by a regular short boat ride for about 5 minutes from Park Offices, on the mainland.
What To Do:
Game viewing, bird watching, rock hiking, boat cruise, walking, picnics, bush lunch, photographing/filming, meditation and sport fishing.
When To Go:
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.
"Sananane" comprises of three islets and aquatic environment. The islets lie on the southern part of the main Island. Saa Nane Island was named after its previous owner, Mzee Saanane Chawandi, a fisherman who turned into a farmer and later shifted to another island to pave the way for conservation efforts in the early 1960’s.
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 main objective was to promote intense and conservation education in wildlife and to promote recreation to the people of Mwanza.