Saanane Island National Park

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Saanane Island National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Saanane Island National Park
Map showing the location of Saanane Island National Park
Nearest cityMwanza
Coordinates2°32′39.71″S 32°53′23.″E / 2.5443639°S 32.88972°E / -2.5443639; 32.88972Coordinates: 2°32′39.71″S 32°53′23.″E / 2.5443639°S 32.88972°E / -2.5443639; 32.88972
Area2.18 square kilometres (0.84 sq mi)
Visitors5,278 (in 2012[1])
Governing bodyTanzania National Parks Authority

Saanane Island National Park is a Tanzanian national park in Mwanza. The park is located on an island in Lake Victoria and can be reached by boat in about 10 minutes, from the TANAPA offices on Capri Point in Mwanza town.[2][3][4][5]


The park, at the time known as "Saa Nane Island Game Sanctuary", was accidentally bombed during the air campaign of the Uganda–Tanzania War. On 1 April 1979,[6] Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi ordered one of his Tupolev Tu-22 bombers to attack Mwanza, hoping to thereby intimidate the Tanzanian government into calling off its invasion of Uganda.[7] The Tu-22 completely missed the city, however, and its five anti-personnel rockets instead hit the game sanctuary, slightly injuring one worker and killing several animals. According to journalists Tony Avirgan and Martha Honey, six antelopes as well as many birds were killed.[8] In contrast, historian Kenneth M. Pollack stated that "a large number of antelope" was killed.[7]

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  1. ^ "Tanzania National parks Corporate Information". Tanzania Parks. TANAPA. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  2. ^ "SAANANE ISLAND DECLARED NATIONAL PARK". TANAPA. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  3. ^ Nkwame, Marc (4 September 2013). "Saa-Nane Island becomes fully fledged park". Daily News (Tanzania). Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  4. ^ Philemon, Lusekelo (5 September 2013). "Saanane Island officially declared 16th National Park". IPP Media. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  5. ^ Nkwame, Marc (8 September 2013). "Rocking and rolling on Saa Nane Island Park". Daily News (Tanzania). Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  6. ^ Cooper & Fontanellaz 2015, p. 35.
  7. ^ a b Pollack 2004, p. 372.
  8. ^ Avirgan & Honey 1983, p. 120.

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