Saiwa Swamp National Park Kenya : Saiwa Swamp National Park is famously known as ‘’Sanctury of the sitatunga antelopes’’ and the park is excellent haven for nature lovers. More so, the park is habitat of the rare and endangered semi- aquatic Sitatunga antelope and as a preserve for the rare De Brazza’s monkey.

Saiwa Swamp National Park

Furthermore, Saiwa National Park comprises of tropical wetlands and mosaic of riverine forest, sedges and acacia woodlands, with fringing dense rushes and grass beds bird life is abundant. The park boosts with various water birds including the lesser Jacana, grey heron and the African black duck while the forest shelters the Narina trogons, yellow bishop, collared and Orange-tufted sunbird, Hatlaub’s marsh widow bird and the Noisy Ross’s turacos which are most spotted species by the visitors here.

Key Features of Saiwa National Park;

The park features with cool shaded and compact; it offers an ideal dawn walk.

 An enchanting leafy cernithological, botanical safaris and revitalizing weekend away from the bustle of town.

Saiwa Swamp National Park offers a remarkable mix of forest and swamp vegetation and extraordinary diverse plant habitat.

Habited by bulrushes and other aquatic plants, Saiwa Swamp is fed by the Saiwa River which winds its way through the wetland and by run- off from the surrounding riverine forest.

Attractions in the Saiwa Swamp National Park;

Birding;

The park stuns with abundant birdlife, waterbirds include the lesser jacana, African black duck and grey heron many more.

The forest is home to the Narina trogons, one of Kenya’s most attractive forest birds.

Watch for the collared and orange-tufted sunbirds, sipping nectar from the flowers of the forest edge.

The yellow bishop often whirrs above the reeds, its blazing yellow back on display.

The hatlaub’s marsh widow bird also frequents the rushes.

Noisy Ross’s turacos are difficult to miss.

Gonolek are easily spotted along the trails.

Ludher’s bush-shrike is much shier while the square -tailed drongo as well as the double toothed barbet perch in the lower brancher of forest trees.

Cinnamon- chested bee- eaters abound, as do crowned cranes, especially when the surrounding farms harvested.

Plants;

They can be viewed within tropical wetlands and mosaic of riverine forest, sedges and acacia woodlands, with fringing dense rushes and grass beds -are known as some of Kenya’s loveliest terrestrial orchids. The bronze and purple eulophia horsfallii, crimson Satyrium orchids abound, the fleshy pink Satyrium crassicaule such as the comet orchid, with greny-white flowers to peach. Epiphytic fens flourish.

Insect

This swamp is rich in dragonflies and damselflies. Beautiful butterflies like swallowtails and charaxes. The African mocker swallowtail, Papillion Dardanus, commonly seen after the rain; ants swarm the forest floor.

Reptiles and Amphibians;

There area is also habitat to various frogs and toads abound, with many different kinds of tree frogs trilling and piping after rainstorms. Bell’s hinged tortoise, a forest -dwelling species and blue- headed tree agama lizard can be seen in the park.

Snakes to see include; the forest cobra and African rock python and as you follow one of the trails within the park, watch a side-stripped chameleon and they are easy to overlook due to their perfect camouflage.

Activities in Saiwa Swamp National Park;

They include; Bird watching, Game viewing, Photography, Corporate &special events, scenic among others.

Wildlife viewing

This is quite interesting activity that involves in moving foot along the different trails since there are no temporary roads leading to the park. Note; Cars are not allowed in the park. While on wildlife viewing expect to see; the sitatunga, de Brazza monkey, black and white colobus monkeys, grey duikers, blue and vervet monkeys, spotted neck otters bush back, giant forest squirrel ,genet cats many other. Other features differentiate the male sitatungas from the female sitatungas such as the color of their coats.

Saiwa Swamp National Park
Saiwa Swamp National Park

Nature walks;  

Nature walks is one of the most stunning activities which is done along the different available trails which go through sedges, reeds, wooded grasslands and you can be able view different species like wild figs, birds among others.

Birding;

This is a rewarding experience for a birding enthusiast. Birding in Saiwa is best done around swamp area and forested areas and some of bird species to see include lesser jacana, sunbirds, egrets, grey crowned crane, black goshawk, hamerkop, yellow billed stork, sunbirds many more.

Camping;

Saiwa Swamp national park provides visitors with close interaction with nature offering spectacular views of the wetland and experiencing the African sunset among others.

Accommodations in Saiwa Swamp National Park Kenya

Saiwa Swamp National Park is a gorgeous place to go for a kenya safari and hosts comfortable accommodation facilities ranging from budget, Mid-range and Luxury, few of them; Tree top Hut, Sitatunga Public Campsite, Saiwa picnic &Event site, Sirikwa Tented Camp among others.

How to get there;

By Road;

Saiwa Swamp National Park is located 22 kilometers away from Kitale town. From Kipsaina junction, a 5kilometer ‘’murram’’ road leads to the only park entrance, Saiwa gate.

By Air;

Those who wish to enjoy luxury lifestyle -can take a domestic flight to access the Saiwa. It lands you to Kitale Airstrip ,27kilometer away from the park.

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