Expert Reviews – Saiwa Swamp NP
Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.
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Kenya’s smallest and most pedestrian friendly park
This tiny and little known park in western Kenya is not likely to ne of interest to mainstream tourists. But for more experienced wildlife enthusiasts, it offers the opportunity to see several rare creatures. Foremost among these is the elusive sitatunga, a rare marsh-dwelling antelope easily seen from one of several viewing platforms overlooking the swamp. It is also the one place in East Africa where I’ve seen the ultra-localised DeBrazza’s monkey, and my most recent visit also yielded a short view of a Cape clawless otter. The birding is a treat: our list on our most recent visit included grey crowned crane, black sparrowhawk, the stunning Ross’s turaco, and two real rarities in the form of yellow-billed barbet and grey-winged robin-chat. As a bonus, we went the entire day without seeing another tourist on the network of walking trails. A low-key gem!