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JOIN MARALAL INTERNATIONAL CAMEL DERBY
The Maralal Camel derby is a 3 day event that takes place every year in the quiet Samburu town of Maralal which is situated about 200 miles north of Nairobi, Kenya ,East Africa.The town has hosted the event since 1990 and attracts amateur and professional camel riders from all over the world. Countries that are represented include England, Canada, France, America, Australia, Spain, Japan, South Africa and New Zealand.
The three day race event is a chance to experience culture, colour, action and adventure first hand. This is not just a spectator sport – if you are going to attend the derby, why not saddle up and join in?
The route runs through the semi desert regions with varying degrees of difficulty. Racing Camels are available to hire should you wish to compete. Maralal is camel country and the humble Camel plays an important role in the local culture and way of life. It is considered a great honour to win the Maralal Camel Derby Title and competition is fierce.
When the Camel race begins the amateur racers set off in whatever direction their camels choose while the professionals break away from the pack at breakneck speeds.
Enjoy spectacular display of Samburu,Turkana and Rendile Culture and traditional dancing.
Other activities in the area include cycling race which is held concurrently with the derby, with mountain bikes racing over a demanding course. The cycle race also attracts its share of dedicated professionals on world class bikes, as well as local amateurs on bikes that in some cases never see the end of the race.
Maralal is also home to Kenyatta House, the location where Jomo Kenyatta first president of Kenya was detained before his release. The town is surrounded by the Maralal National Reserve. Within the reserves boundaries roam a good variety of wildlife including impala, zebra, buffalo, leopard and hyena. Elephants pass through on a seasonal basis. The reserve has relatively few visitors compared to the Samburu reserves in the east which for many is part of its unique appeal
The Maralal Camel Derby is an interesting addition to those exploring the un spoilt Northern Frontier District. It is a good opportunity to actively experience the rich culture and heritage of Kenya’s nomadic people and in this neck of the woods you are guaranteed to meet some very interesting characters. Not to to mention the amazing attractions that this offers to those holiday makers on Kenya Safari during the time of the Derby.