Overview – Saiwa Swamp National Park

Saiwa Swamp National Park is situated close to Kitale, in Trans-Nzoia County, Rift Valley Province, Kenya. Saiwa Swamp National Park is the smallest tour destination park in Kenya, a Sanctuary of the Sitatunga antelope and loaded with a great deal of wildlife to investigate from plants, birds, insects and reptiles. The park is just available for walking.

  • Wildlife4 Animals

  • High SeasonDecember to March and July to October

  • Best Time to GoDecember to March

Pros & Cons

  • Probably the best spot to see the rare sitatunga impala
  • Very remote destination and fewer crowds
  • Unguided walking on backwoods trails is allowed
  • Far removed and not on any tourist circuit
  • Little assortment of mammal species
  • Very limited
  • Tiny walking circuit accommodation available outside the park

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Wildlife & Animals – Saiwa Swamp National Park

This low-key park's principal fascination is a little populace of sitatunga antelope, which can be seen in their regular swamp climate. These rare elands have unique hooves adjusted to swimming through water, which makes them semi-amphibian. Other gazelle that can be spotted on the water's edge incorporate defassa waterbuck, bushbuck and bohor reedbuck.

Wildlife Highlights

Besides the sitatunga impala, another swamp unique is the rare de Brazza's monkey which is otherwise called the swamp monkey. The giant woods squirrels and red-legged sun squirrels are a portion of the more modest warm-blooded animals to pay special mind to in the woodland overhang. Two sorts of otter occupy the swamp and can at times be spotted swimming between the reeds – the African spot-necked otter and the African clawless otter

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Saiwa Swamp can be visited throughout the year, but heavy rain can be expected from April to August.

Birds – Saiwa Swamp National Park

Saiwa Swamp has a noteworthy 370 species recorded in a tiny region. This is a decent spot to get a portion of the western specials like the fantastic Ross' turaco. It is an incredible birding objective as no vehicles are allowed in the park and you can walk unguided along the woods trails. There are a few stages around the marsh for recognizing the rare sitatunga gazelle, yet they are additionally an extraordinary vantage point for distinguishing swamp specials and for investigating the shade.

Best Time for Bird Watching

Saiwa Swamp has a remarkable number of birds recorded in a tiny region making it an incredible all-year birding objective. Indeed, even a considerable lot of unusual species can be detected in any season, as they are long-lasting occupants of the park. Migratory birds are added to this birder safe house from November to April. April to August are the wettest months, and regular showers can now and again meddle with your happiness regarding birding.

Best Time to Visit – Saiwa Swamp National Park

Saiwa Swamp National Reserve offers good wildlife viewing throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is in the Dry season from December to March. August is very wet, and rain might interfere with planned activities in the park.

  • Best Time

    December to March

  • High Season

    December to March and July to October

  • Low Season

    April to June and November to December

  • Best Weather

    December to March and July to October

  • Worst Weather

    April to August

June to October (Dry Season)

  • Rarely gets hot, Most of the time it's sunny & dry
  • Many migrant birds can be spotted very easily
  • Newborn of Sitatunga antelope can be spotted
  • There is a lot of dust in the air because it is very dry
  • The sky is hazy and the scenery isn’t as pretty

June to October (Wet Season)

  • The scenery is beautiful and at its most lush
  • Birding is best as migratory birds are present
  • Still, sitatunga antelope and other wildlife can be spotted
  • Rain in April and May will sometimes come in between your planned activities
  • Roads become sloppy and difficult to travel

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