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Saiwa Swamp National Park

This little visited gem in north western Kenya is home to the rare, semi-aquatic, sitatunga antelope, a tiny mammal not much bigger than a dik-dik.  Despite its name, Saiwa Swamp is not a great smelly patch of mud with mosquitos and other nasties.  It is a very pretty wetland, bordered by a small pach of forest and farmlands.  There are very good (dry) pathways through the wetland and several viewing towers from where it is possible to spot the sitatunga and numerous water-fowl.  Rare deBrazza monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, otters, squirrels and serval cat are among the other residents of this park.  It is a lovely day trip and unique in that vehicles are not permitted beyond the gate.  Walkways are shaded by trees and there is a very good campsite near the entrance.  Guides are not necessary. 

March 13, 2007 new by tiastravels

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