sitatunga Saiwa Swamp National Park

Saiwa Swamp National Park is located in Trans-Nzoia County near Kitale. It is the smallest national park in Kenya covering an area of 3 km² and is under the custody of Kenya Wildlife Service.

It provides habitat for the endangered Sitatunga antelope, a rare Aquatic antelope.

Saiwa Swamp National Park is within tropical wetlands and its habitat consists of riverine forest, sedges, acacia woodlands, fringing dense rushes, grass beds, and lovely terrestrial orchids.

The Saiwa Swamp is fed by the Saiwa River.

Saiwa Swamp National Park attractions

Why is Saiwa Swamp National Park popular? Here is why?

  • It is home to the endangered Sitatunga antelope, a rare aquatic antelope
  • Riverine forest
  • Terrestrial Orchids that is quite lovely and variety of trees
  • Abundant birdlife
  • A variety of reptiles and amphibians
  • The Saiwa River
Kakamega National Forest Reserve

Saiwa Swamp National Park Animal/Wildlife

The park is home to the Sitatunga antelope and the rare De brazza’s monkey.

It has many species of birds. Aquatic/water birds include the Lesser Jacana, Grey Heron, and African Black Duck. Those housed by the forest include; the Narina Trogons, Sunbird, Yellow Bishop, Hatlaub’s marsh widow Bird, and the Noisy Ross’s Turaco.

Reptiles and amphibians also dominate here which include; the Frog, Toad, Tortoise, Lizard, Snakes (Rock Python and Forest Cobra), Chameleon, among others.

Insects include; the Dragonflies, Butterflies, Ants among others.

Things to do in Saiwa Swamp National Park

You can participate in a number of activities here such as

  • Bird watching
  • Game Viewing
  • Botanical safaris-a mix of forest and swamp vegetation and extraordinary plant habitat
  • Photography
  • Holding corporate and special events

Park Climate & Weather

Saiwa Swamp has warm and humid climate with high rainfall throughout the year with high concentration from April to November.

Annual average temperature is about 25°C.

When to Visit

You can visit all year but December to March much preferable. It is open all year round including public holidays

Travel Tips

Here are the things to carry and wear on this trip.

  • Insect repellent especially for the Mosquitoes
  • Camping equipment if you are camping
  • Picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scorching sun

How to get there

By Road- the park is 22 km from Kitale Town through Saiwa Gate

By Air-using Kitale airstrip, 27 km from the park

Saiwa Swamp National Park Entrance Fees

The park Entry Fees are as follows;

Citizens (KES): Adult 350 Child 200
Residents (KES): Adult 600 Child 350 
Non-residents (USD): Adult 25 Child 15

Park Contacts

You can contact Kenya Wildlife Service through

Mobile No: +254 789 312 901
Email: or or

Saiwa Swamp National Park Hotels and Lodges

Hotels and Lodges near Saiwa Swamp include;

  • African Yard
  • Easy Sleep Guest House
  • Engo Airport Resort
  • Mid Africa Hotel
  • Lodwar Homes and Villas
  • One Tanna Residency
  • Muremba Retreat Kitale

Happy Visit!

See also other Kenya National Parks

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