The annual race in Maralal attracts riders and spectators from far and wide. It’s a race for professionals and amateurs alike, all vying for first position.
The camel race starts in the centre of town, where a mass of heaving, ungainly camels, jostle for their place in history. Some run backwards, others off to the side, it is a melee of chaos noise excitement and colour. The more professional riders manage to race past the line of spectators heading for the finish line.
If camel riding is not for you there is also a bike race or a 10 Km running race, where you can take in the spectacular landscape of the Samburu County as you compete over a demanding course. The bike race attracts a mixture of world class bikes and local amateurs, on bikes that don’t always manage to see the finish line.
The town is also bustling with traditional dances and is like a cultural show but for real. This desert town becomes a kaleidoscope of colours, noise and fashion as locals and tourist meet and share a fun, action packed cultural experience. It is on for only one day a year, but if you are in Kenya at that time - Don’t miss it, come and experience Samburu Culture at it’s best.