Saiwa Swamp National Park

Saiwa Swamp National Park is the smallest national park in Kenya. Essentially, it protects a swamp fed by the Saiwa River that provides sanctuary to a viable population of the rare Sitatunga antelope.

The swamp has several lookout towers that overlook it, and one can almost guarantee sightings with a little patience. Access to the park is only possible on foot.


Furthermore the main attraction of the park is the semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope. Other herbivores include the Bohor antelope, the Defassa antelope, and the antelope. Observers can observe several species of primates in the canopy.

The trail commonly hosts black and white colobus monkeys and blue monkeys, while vervet monkeys can often be found near the entrance. Also You may encounter the very rare Brazza monkey at the edge of the swamp.


Saiwa Swamp National Park is positioned close to Kitale in the Rift Valley Province. It lies 22 km from the town.

How to get there

By plane: It can be reached by plane from Nairobi Airport to Kitale Airport (KIT). Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) is located immediately southeast (15 km/9 miles) of Nairobi.

Kenya’s second international airport, Moi International Airport (MBA) is located 9 km/6 miles west of Mombasa for visitors wondering how to get to Kenya.

NBO Airport is 15 km/9 miles southeast of Nairobi and a Kenyan visa will most likely be required to enter the country. By Road: Saiwa Swamp National Park is 385 km/7.5 hours drive west of Nairobi.


  • Price: For citizens of Kenya
    Adults: KSH 350
    Child: KSH 200
  • For residents of Kenya
    Adults: KSH 600
    Child: KSH 350
  • For non residents of Kenya
    Adult: USD 25
    Child: USD 15

When to go

All round the year. However, the lead roads can come to be quickly impassable in the course of an intense moist season. The Park is open daily, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. No access after 6:15 p.m.