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Mwanza's floating zoo

This tiny island-bound national park offshore of the port city of Mwanza offers an introduction to the common birds and reptiles associated with Lake Victoria.

Gazetted as a 2.2-square-kilometre national park in 2013, Saa Nane is a small, rocky island in Lake Victoria – the world’s second-largest freshwater body – within eyeshot of, and an easy boat ride from, the bustling port city of Mwanza. 

The island was set aside for wildlife in the 1960s, initially for rare species that were later released onto Rubondo Island, then as little more than a zoo, and a rather dispiriting one at that. Thankfully, most of the captive wildlife is gone, and the indications are that the island is now to be recreated as a centre for Conservation and Wildlife Education.

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Philip Briggs says

When I last visited Saa Nane, it was little more than a glorified zoo that offered some good incidental birdwatching. It remains to be seen whether that will change now that it has been proclaimed a national park!

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If Saa Nane is of interest to tourists at all, it would be for its naturally occurring wildlife, much of which is typical of the Lake Victoria basin. These include colourful agama lizards, outsized monitor lizards, rock-loving hyraxes and localised bird species such as swamp flycatcher, yellow-throated leaflove, grey kestrel and slender-billed weaver. However, while the island makes for a worthwhile diversion should you happen to be in Mwanza, few would cite it as tourist destination in its own right.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Saa Nane Island

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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