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Saiwa Swamp National Park

Saiwa Swamp National Park                                         
Saiwa is the smallest park in Kenya, only 3 km 2. It was established to protect the semi-aquatic antelope, Sitatunga and encloses the swamp fed by the Saiwa river together with its fringing belts of rain forest. The park is enclosed by subsistence farming settlements.



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Saiwa Swamp National Park                                     
The park is located at 385 km 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: 22 km 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, 22 km away from the park.

Park Roads
Due to its size and nature of attractions, the park does not have and does not need any roads.

Park Gates
Main gate, Sinyerere gate.

Size and Location
-  2.9  Km 2.
-  Trans Nzoia District, Rift Valley Province.
Situated below the Cherangani Hills, Trans-Nzoia District of 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.
-  Deliver an annual  average rain of 1,250mm.

Safari Card 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.

Attractions
-  The endangered Sitatunga Aquatic  Antelope.
-  Bird watching.
-  Nature board walk & tree top house.

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

Vegetation
Vegetation is a mixture of forest and swamp vegetation. The swamp is dominated by tall bullrushes and sedges. The swamp is bordered by a mixture of grassland, riverine forests and Acacia.

Activities
-  Game viewing.
-  Camping
Bird watching, game viewing, camping.The park has well maintained trails and 4 observation towers.

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.

Park Contacts
Phone:       +254 (20) 29826
Email:      
saiwapark@kws.go.ke
Postal Address: Saiwa Swamp National Park,The Warden,P.O.Box 4506, Kipsaina, Kenya.