Wildlife & Animals – Saiwa Swamp NP

Anthony Ham
Expert
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

This low-key park’s main attraction is a small population of sitatunga antelope, which can be spotted in their natural swamp environment. These rare antelope have special hooves adapted to wading through water, which makes them semi-aquatic. Other antelope that can be spotted on the water’s edge include Defassa waterbuck, bushbuck and bohor reedbuck.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
HippoNone
ZebraNone
LionNone
LeopardVery Rare
HyenaNone

Wildlife Highlights

Aside from the sitatunga antelope, another swamp special is the rare De Brazza's monkey which is also known as the swamp monkey. The giant forest squirrels and red-legged sun squirrels are some of the smaller mammals to look out for in the forest canopy. Two types of otter inhabit the swamp and can sometimes be spotted swimming through channels between the reeds – the African spot-necked otter and the African clawless otter.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Saiwa Swamp can be visited throughout the year, but heavy rain can be expected from April to August.

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