Experience Maralal Camel Derby

The Maralal Camel Derby is an annual event held just outside of Maralal town in the middle of the year. This is Kenya’s most well-known and prestigious camel race, attracting both domestic and foreign participants. The competition is fierce, and the event is a big draw for both spectators and racers. Every year, a large number of experienced camel racers from the area compete. During the run, some of the best racing camels can be seen in town. The race is a fantastic social event as well as the most important event on the Maralal calendar.

The race starts in the heart of town, with a swarm of camels forming the starting line. The race, which is flagged off by local dignitaries, starts with confusion as the camels break through the line. Less-experienced camel jockeys often lose control of their over-excited mounts, which often try to run the race in the opposite direction. While the amateurs follow their camels wherever they want to go, the pros break free and race to the course at a breakneck pace. The road is lined with cheering fans, and the final stretch is still crowded with hopeful spectators as the winners cross the finish line.

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