Saiwa Swamp National Park

This is the smallest of all the National Parks in Kenya, only 3 km2 in area, and within its boundaries there are no roads for vehicles. It is home to the rare, endangered, semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope which has webbed-feet and spends most of its day half-submerged in water.
Other animals to be found in Saiwa include various monkeys, otters, genets, Serval Cat, mongoose, bushbuck and ratels (honey badgers). More than 370 bird species have been recorded there, including the Blue-headed Coucal and Ross's Turaco.
Saiwa has about 9 km of nature trails; 7 km of which is the “Acacia trail”.

Saiwa Swamp is 27 km from Kitale town. After 20 km, turn right off the Kitale – Kapenguria road (A1) at Kipsaina and follow the well-signposted murram road for 7 km to the park entrance. An alternative is to turn off after 13 km on to the Sibanga road; in which case, leave that road by taking a left after 2 km. You will end up at the same entrance gate.
In the Park itself, there is a beautifully situated campsite with WC / shower block and designated places to make a campfire and cook food.

A self-catering banda of timber construction, managed by the KWS, called “Tree Top House” may be available. It is raised on wooden “stilts” above an area of exposed water at the edge of the swamp, thus making it an ideal viewing platform. It has a small veranda and a single bedroom with two beds. If you really are dedicated to seeing a Sitatunga, which, incidentally, is far from easy, this is the way to do it. Alternatively, you might just be a couple of crazy lovers determined to sleep in a swamp. Either way, a stay there will certainly be something to remember.