Maralal Camel Derby

Maralal Camel Derby

August
The Maralal Camel Derby takes place annually over three days in August in Maralal, Kenya, located about 180 miles north of Nairobi in the country's Northern Region. First held in 1990, it welcomes entrants from all over the world, who compete against Kenyan champions in professional and amateur races. The professional camel races are regarded by many as a serious international sport. The race course runs through desert areas with conditions presenting varying levels of difficulty. Camels are available for hire (handlers optional) to anyone who wants to saddle up and take part.
In addition to the camel races, other competitive events include donkey rides for children and bicycle races of 18 miles and 26 miles. Also featured are colorful displays of local dancing. The spectacular festival, organized by Yares Safaris, draws visitors from around the globe, but it has a serious side. The camel races are intended to create awareness of the rapid desertification of Kenya and the benefits that camels can bring to desert inhabitants.
CONTACTS:
Kenya Tourist Office
2249 R St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-387-6101
www.magicalkenya.com
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