Saiwa Swamp National Park

The park is located at 385km from Nairobi and 27 km from Kitale town in Trans-Nzoia District of Rift Valley Province. The park ecosystem comprises of forest and swamp vegetation. The swamp is dominated by tall bull-rushes and sedges and is bordered by open grasslands and riverine forests.

The park was established to protect the endangered Sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope. Other wildlife species commonly found in the swamp include the Otter, Genet cat, Serval cat, mongoose, bushbuck and monkeys.  The ecosystem is also rich in birdlife, harbouring about 372 species.

ACCESS
By Road: 22km from Kitale on the Kitale-Kapenguria tarmac road. At Kipsaina junction, a 5 km murram road leads to the only park entrance, Sinyerere gate.
By Air: Served by Kitale airstrip, 22km away from the park.

PARK GATES
Sinyerere gate

SIZE / LOCATION
2.9  Km2.
Trans Nzoia District, Rift Valley Province

CLIMATE
Typical of African wetland habitats, the wet and dry climate
ranges from warm to cool and humid.
Rainfall peaks around April, August and November to
 deliver an annual  average of 1,250mm.

SMARTCARD REQUIRED?
Entry is by Cash only. Cash Receipts can be bought Saiwa Swamp Main Gate or from the KWS Hqs Cash Office. Proof of identification will be required
Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID
Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS
The endangered Sitatunga Antelope
Bird watching
Nature board walk & tree top house

WILDLIFE
Includes Sitatunga, monkey, otter, genet cat, serval cat,
Mongoose, bushbuck and ratel.

WHERE TO STAY
In Park Accommodation
KWS Self – Catering Accommodation:
Tree Top House: Accommodates 2 people
Camping Facilities
One serviced campsite available at the main gate.
Other campsites and accommodation are available at the nearby Sirikwa Tented Camp.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS
Game viewing
Camping

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks

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