Saturday, 06 February 2016 10:17

Maralal Annual Camel Derby

The Annual Camel Derby in Maralal is an epic Kenyan event, the ultimate race of skill and endurance with a Camel, enjoy our blog!

When you go on a Kenya Safari, it is not just about the endless savannah, or the kilometres of pristine beaches that fringe the coastline.

It is also about the unique cultures and events that the country offers, some quite balmy. One of those events is the Annual Camel Derby in the Maralal area, a remote desert outpost in Samburu County.

This event has put this sleepy little town on the world map. For the other 360 days of the year it is back to being a sleepy little Samburu town, but for a few days of the year during the month of August, locals and tourists gather from all over the world to watch or take part in a unique event, the Camel Derby.

Camels are common up in the Northern Frontier District of Kenya; alternatively known as ‘Ships of the Desert’ these ungainly beasts can go days without water in the hot and dry conditions of the world’s driest regions.

Published in East African Events