Maralal is a haven for nomadic cultures, and that includes travellers from all over the globe visiting on their Kenyan Safaris. The single humped dromedary camel is an essential part of life for many of Northern Kenya’s nomadic people.
Each year, the Camel Derby brings colour and action to the streets of Maralal as the finest Camels in the district are gathered for the big race. While most of Kenya’s camel rearing communities do not ride them- using them as pack animals- they are excellent handlers and judges of an animal’s strength and potential.
Winning the Derby is a great local honour, and each year the title is fiercely contested. For anyone in the region around this time, attending the Derby is a must. 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?