Saiwa National Park is a tiny green oasis in northwestern Kenya, which forms part of the Western Kenya Birding Circuit of Mount Elgon, Kongelai Escarpment, Cherangani Hills, and Mount Mtelo, Originally Saiwa park was created to protect the rare-swamp dwelling Sitatunga Antelope, the area being one of the few places in Kenya where the antelope can be found. Most of Saiwa Swamp is viewed from four well-placed tree hides, which enables one to scan along the extensive woodland on the far side. The raised footpath running between the hides passes through several patches of dense woodland which are good for birding Saiwa Swamp is about 25 kilometers north of Kitale en route to Kapenguria.
Saiwa Swamp National Park has more than 370 bird species recorded, making it a great all-year-round birdwatching destination. Saiwa National Park is a good place to see some of the western special birds such as the fabulous Ross’s Turaco. The Park is a great birding destination as no vehicles are allowed in the park and you walk unguided along the forest trails. There are several platforms around the marsh for spotting the rare Sitatunga antelope, a rare swamp-dwelling mammal, but they are also a great vantage point for identifying swamp specials and for looking into the canopy. The months of April to August are the wettest months, and regular showers may sometimes meddle with your pleasure of birdwatching
Saiwa National Park Birds; Dwarf Bittern, Western Reef Heron, Goliath Heron, African Fish Eagle, African Marsh Harrier, Bat Hawk, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Allen’s Gallinule, African Green Pigeon, Ross’s Turaco, Blue-headed Coucal, Narina Trogon, Abyssinian Roller, Mustached Green Tinkerbird, Slender-billed Greenbul, Grey-winged Robin-Chat, African Thrush, White-browed Crombec, Black-throated Apalis, Black-throated Wattle-eye, African Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Shrike, Marsh Tchagra, Bronze Starling, Heuglin’s Masked Weaver, Hartlaub’s Marsh Widowbird, Black-bellied Seedcracker.