Journal of
Development and Agricultural Economics

  • Abbreviation: J. Dev. Agric. Econ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9774
  • DOI: 10.5897/JDAE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 540

Full Length Research Paper

Residents decision-making in tourism at Sitatunga’s swampy habitat: Saiwa National Park, Kenya

Ngeno Vincent*, Rop Wendi, Langat B., Korir M. K. and Kipsat M. J.
Department of Agricultural Economics and Resource Management, Moi University, P. O. Box 1125, Eldoret, Kenya.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 03 February 2011
  •  Published: 31 May 2011


The local community is one of the most important stakeholders in tourism development. Local people could participate in tourism through policy and planning process; benefits sharing or owning community projects. However, in most instances, private benefit of conservation to individuals, households and even entire community are not made clear or may be non-existent. This research examines the level of participation by communities around Saiwa Swamp National Park, created primarily for the protection of the rare Sitatunga antelope in Rift valley Kenya. Chi-square test, ANOVA, t-tests and correlations were performed in order to investigate, if there is a direct relationship between residents' participation variables and support for tourism. In general, there is a direct relationship between involvement in decision-making and support of tourism.


Key words: Tourism, residents’ participation, Saiwa, Kenya.