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SAIWA SWAMP NATIONAL PARK

KENYA
LOCALE

Area (SqKm):3
Altitude (m):1820-1880
# Species*:136
# Excl Vagrants*:136
# Endemics*:0
# Near Endemics*:1
Species/100 SqKm*:4689.7
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Swamp, grassland, riverine forest

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Saiwa Swamp National Park is Kenya's smallest. There are no roads but has 18 km. of walking trails. Boardwalks and two observation towers are strategically placed for watching birds and wildlife in the park. The habitat is swamp dominated by tall bull-rushes and sedges bordered by riverine forest and grassland. The park was established primarily to protect the shy Sitatunga, a rare antelope specially adapted for soft swampy ground. The rare De Brazza's Monkey, one of the few places where this species is still found in Kenya. Over 370 species of birds have been recorded in the park, including several range-restricted specialties of western Kenya.

LOCATION OF SITE

Saiwa Swamp National Park is located 22 km. northeast of Kitale. It's reached via the Kitale-Kapenguria tarmac road.