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Saanane Island National Park

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I had some time spare during a work trip to Mwanza, it was intrigued by the island and decided to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Louise L
London, United Kingdom
Park right at the Heart of Mwanza City

I was amused by the way through which animals came to be on that 0.5Sq Km island, for them it was... read more

Reviewed July 14, 2018
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had some time spare during a work trip to Mwanza, it was intrigued by the island and decided to pay it a visit. You can only pay by card (like all national parks in TZ). Cost was $35 for the boat return and $30...More

1  Thank Louise L
Reviewed July 14, 2018

I was amused by the way through which animals came to be on that 0.5Sq Km island, for them it was more of a transit destination to the Rubondo National Park. seeing them at such a close proximity makes it worth a visit, a boat...More

1  Thank wangomafr
Reviewed June 11, 2018

Stunning!!!! Really enjoyed the boat trip on Lake Victoria!!! that was a great experience to be on the second greatest lake in the world. The exotic animals were so beautiful!

2  Thank Clarel F
Reviewed April 12, 2018

The palace is great, there is a lot to be improved to make it much great and attract more tourists. Specifically, the transport means from town, accommodation in the area, more attractions are needed, no eating place, they should also improve the hygiene of the...More

2  Thank Abduel K
Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

Amongst animals, birds, insects and flora in a natural habitat just 10 minutes outside of the bustling city of Mwanza. Good exercise following the paths and the guide. We had Abdullah as a guide, he was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable and can give you a...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed February 18, 2018

one of the only safaris you can walk in dont expect lots of wildlife- but it is a great 10 minutes boat ride and a really nice walk with monkeys, impala hyrax, birds, lizards, and a small herd of zebras. so close but so serene,...More

Thank rafi r
Reviewed January 25, 2018

Its ironic that the picture that greets you when you click on Saanane's trip advisor page is of a sign for a hippo, if you read the fine print on the sign you'll find that the hippo's died when they arrived. Obviously there was once...More

1  Thank IanAl77
Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

The island is very near by Tilapia hotel and it takes 10 minuets boating from the TANAPA’s jetty. If you are into bush walking, then would takes you Three hours to tour all around the island. It costed us (my spouse and I) $80 to...More

2  Thank M M
Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

An afternoon well spent with a visit to the Island. Our guide Emmanuel accompanied us though the park also provides wardens to guide you on the walk. We had a long wait for the boat due to the crowds this being a holiday season but...More

1  Thank Vecky M
Reviewed September 10, 2017

The island reserve could be improved as a visitor experience. The animals, though visible, could be added to.

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Response from Vecky M | Reviewed this property |
Being part of government run reserves/parks, then you pay an entrance fee at the gate that includes a boat and an allocated guide...they take you to the island and give you a number to call once done and the boat comes to... More