About Saanane Island National Park

Discover the Enchanting Saanane Island National Park with Lyimo Expeditions

Welcome to the heart of adventure, where the wild whispers of nature call out to your soul, inviting you to experience Tanzania like never before! At Lyimo Expeditions, we are more than just a tour operator—we are your gateway to unforgettable memories. Nestled in the serene waters of Lake Victoria lies a gem of unmatched beauty and tranquillity, Saanane Island National Park. Let us take you on a joyous journey through this unique wonderland and discover why booking your Tanzania tours and safaris with us is the best decision for your adventure-filled soul!

Embrace the Unique Charm of Saanane Island National Park

A Brief History

Saanane Island National Park, located just 2 kilometers southwest of Mwanza city, is Tanzania’s smallest national park, but don’t let its size fool you. This compact paradise, covering only 2.18 square kilometers, is brimming with life and adventure. The island was named after Mzee Saanane Chawandi, a local fisherman who once owned it. In 1964, it was officially established as the first zoo in Tanzania, and in 2013, it was designated as a national park.

The Untouched Beauty

Imagine stepping onto an island where the lush greenery kisses the azure waters of Lake Victoria, and the air is filled with the symphony of bird songs. Saanane Island National Park is an oasis of calm amidst the bustling life of Mwanza. The island’s natural beauty is pristine, with rocky landscapes, rolling hills, and picturesque shores that offer stunning views and photo opportunities at every turn.

Wildlife Wonders Await

A Haven for Birdwatchers

Bird enthusiasts, rejoice! Saanane Island National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise, home to over 70 bird species. From the majestic fish eagle to the colorful kingfishers and the elusive African grey parrot, the island’s avian residents will captivate your senses. Bring your binoculars and prepare to be amazed as you spot these feathered wonders in their natural habitat.

Meet the Mammals

Though small in size, Saanane Island boasts an impressive array of wildlife. The park is home to impalas, vervet monkeys, rock hyraxes, and even the rare De Brazza’s monkey. The island’s rocky outcrops provide perfect hideaways for these creatures, making every hike an exciting adventure. Keep your camera ready, as you never know when you’ll encounter these delightful animals up close.

Reptile Encounters

For those with a fascination for reptiles, Saanane Island does not disappoint. The park is home to various reptiles, including monitor lizards and tortoises. The sight of these ancient creatures basking in the sun or gracefully moving through the underbrush adds an extra layer of excitement to your exploration.

Activities for Every Adventurer

Nature Walks and Hiking

Embark on guided nature walks and hikes through the island’s diverse landscapes with our experienced guides at Lyimo Expeditions. Traverse rocky trails, stroll along the sandy beaches, and ascend hills that offer panoramic views of Lake Victoria. Each step is a discovery, each moment a memory in the making.

Boat Rides and Fishing

Set sail on the tranquil waters of Lake Victoria with our expertly guided boat rides. Feel the cool breeze against your face as you glide through the lake, taking in the stunning scenery and perhaps even trying your hand at fishing. The lake is teeming with Nile perch and Tilapia, making it a favorite spot for anglers.

Picnic on the Island

What could be more delightful than a picnic on Saanane Island? Pack a basket with delicious treats, find a cozy spot under the shade of a tree, and enjoy the serene surroundings. The island’s peaceful ambiance makes it the ideal location for a relaxing day out with family and friends.

Cultural Experiences

Immerse yourself in the local culture with visits to nearby fishing villages. Learn about the traditional ways of life, interact with the friendly locals, and gain a deeper understanding of the region’s rich heritage. These cultural exchanges are a highlight of any visit to Saanane Island.

Conservation Efforts and Eco-Tourism

At Lyimo Expeditions, we are committed to responsible tourism. Saanane Island National Park is a testament to Tanzania’s dedication to conservation. Our tours are designed to minimize impact on the environment while maximizing the experience for our guests. By booking with us, you are supporting sustainable tourism practices that help preserve this natural wonder for generations to come.

Why Choose Lyimo Expeditions for Your Tanzanian Adventure?

Expertise and Experience

With years of experience in organizing tours and safaris across Tanzania, Lyimo Expeditions is your trusted partner in adventure. Our knowledgeable guides are passionate about wildlife and conservation, ensuring you get the most out of your visit to Saanane Island National Park.

Personalized Itineraries

We understand that every traveler is unique. That’s why we offer personalized itineraries tailored to your interests and preferences. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a culture buff, or an avid photographer, we craft experiences that align with your passions.

Unparalleled Service

From the moment you contact us to the end of your journey, we provide exceptional service. Our team is dedicated to making your trip seamless and enjoyable, handling all logistics so you can focus on making memories.

Safety First

Your safety is our priority. Our guides are trained in first aid and emergency procedures, and we adhere to all safety guidelines to ensure a worry-free adventure.

Affordable Packages

We believe that exploring Tanzania’s natural beauty should be accessible to all. Our competitive pricing ensures you get the best value for your money without compromising on quality.

Book Your Adventure Today!

Are you ready to explore the enchanting Saanane Island National Park? Let Lyimo Expeditions be your guide to this mesmerizing destination. Our team is eager to help you plan the trip of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring moments and unforgettable experiences.

Don’t wait! Contact us today to book your Tanzania tours and safaris, and let the adventure begin.

Email: info@lyimoexpeditionskilimanjaro.com
Phone: +255 718 442 953


Saanane Island National Park is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered, and Lyimo Expeditions is here to make your adventure dreams come true. From the island’s stunning landscapes and rich wildlife to the thrilling activities and cultural experiences, every moment spent here is a celebration of nature’s wonders. So, pack your bags, bring your spirit of adventure, and join us on a journey to the heart of Tanzania. Your island paradise awaits!

Book now with Lyimo Expeditions – Your adventure, our passion!