The Saiwa Swamp National Park was opened to visitors in 1974. The park was established in order to protect the semi-Aquatic Sitatunga Antelope. It is in fact one of Kenya's smallest parks, covering an area of about 3 square kilometers. The Sitatunga is unique in that it has wide spread hooves and can walk at the surface of the swamp. Visitors can stay at the Sirikawa tented camp outside the park. There is also a camping ground and a "serviced" campsite within the park. Visitors can also visit the three nature trails, bridges for walking over the swamp and the three viewing platforms for observing the Sitatunga as well as other animals like the endangered De Brazza monkey, otters, giant forest squirrel, black and white Colobus monkey, bushbuck and gray duiker.
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