Accomodation at and Around Saiwa Swamp
In the past few days after the Western Kenya Tourist circuit, I received a mail seeking some info on the available accommodation around Saiwa Swamp National Park. After some digging, I found a few reliable places to stay in and near the park.
1. KWS Saiwa Swamp Campsite & Treetop house
Located near the main gate, it’s shaded with an excellent view of the swamp. Its facilities include: two covered cooking areas, each with barbecues and picnic tables, flush lavatories and showers. Allocation is on a first-come first-served basis and camping fees payable to KWS warden’s office at the main gate. Saiwa Swamp tree top house is a single unit, with two single beds, self-contained. Kitchen. Cooking is done at the Park and cooking utensils are not provided. Guests are requested to carry cooking utensils. More info; KWS
2. The Barnley House
Also known as the Sirikwa Guesthouse and campsite. The guest house offers three furnished tents and a selection of bedrooms in a guest wing of an old family home. It is surrounded by a superb garden in which visitors can camp. Firewood, electricity, hot showers and flush lavatories are available as are cooking facilities and meals. Location description; 23km from Kitale Museum turn-off. Follow the directions for Saiwa Swamp but at Kipsaina continue on the Lodwar road in the direction of Kapenguria. After 5km, you’ll see the sign (Saiwa Safaris) and the drive way to the house leading off to the right. Consult a travel agent for current contacts, rates and more info on the guest house.
3. Sirikwa Tented Camp
Located approximately 6km from the park, the camp is a popular stop over for those looking for a modest affordable place to stay in a serene enviroment. Popular activities include nature walks. The nearby Kitale town also has a variety of viable options. Source: KWS & Sirikwa Safaris
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