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Does anyone know the dates for the Camel Derby in Maralal next year?

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It will be in August Next year.
The Annual Maralal Camel Derby will be flagged off on August 1st 2010, starting 3 days of festivities in this remote desert outpost. The quiet town of Maralal, about 348 kms North of Nairobi, is considered the gateway to Kenya’s wild and arid North, and is a mecca for adventurers, nomads and camels.

This is real camel country, and the single humped dromedary camel is a vital 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 North gather 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 animals strength and potential for speed.

Winning the Derby is a great local honour, and each year the title is hotly contested. But this by no means a purely local event. Maralal is a haven for nomadic cultures, and that includes travellers from all over the globe.

The Town is a popular stopover for travellers looking for adventure in Kenya’s Northern Frontier District - one of Africa’s last great unspoilt wilderness areas.

For anyone visiting the area 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?


Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information or assistance that you may require. Individual and discounted group rates also available on request.


We aim to create that special relationship which converts our business partners and visitors into life longtime friends.
Yours Sincerely,
STEVEN Nature Man

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The Annual Maralal Camel Derby was flagged off on August 1st 2008, starting 3 days of festivities in this remote desert outpost. The quiet town of Maralal, about 348 kms North of Nairobi, is considered the gateway to Kenya’s wild and arid North, and is a mecca for adventurers, nomads and camels.

It has been there since every new year,the month is always August from 1st

Please find the best itinerary for you so you can do your early booking with us.

Wild Camel Safari (7 Days)
Day 1: Nairobi / Maralal
After breakfast, depart our Nairobi offices traveling via Nyahururu.Rumuruti to our Maralal Camel Club for overnight in self contained bandas cottages.

Day 2: Camel Trekking / Walking
After breakfast depart with your camel and Morans into the bush. You will ride through the area never quite sure what you will see. It should be remembered that this safari is not primarily a game-viewing safari.

It is one led by and in total harmony with the local Samburu people. Picnic lunch enroute, afternoon arrival at your pre-prepared camp where your cook will be ready to offer you afternoon tea and snacks. Thereafter, an optional guided walk through the bush before dinner and overnight under the stars.
Day 3- 5: Camel Trekking / Walking
Mattresses pad, the locally wooden frames on the camels, and after breakfast you are set and through the bush either hiking or walking as you choose. It is a leisurely pace and you may change from walking to hiking as your prefer. You will pass by Samburu Manyattas that your lead Moran can organize for you to visit. As this is spontaneous, the Moral will discuss with the elders for permission for your entry and you will be asked to pay something towards the family for photography and viewing their homes.
This is not always included in the safari cost and is only a small amount offered as a courtesy. Each day you will have a picnic lunch in the bush, then combine to your next campsite, where your cook will be waiting for you. Greater par of your evening shall be spend inside water and a shower will be erected for you to dust off (depending on water availability).
Day 6: End of Camel Trek
The camel trek ends late morning back at the Clubhouse. Here you will take lunch before walking with your Moran guides into the frontier town of Maralal. The art crafts to see, the Samburu market and a way of life different from other places you might have visited on your holiday.
In the evening, the Morans and their ladies will perform dances for you as entertainment at the club where you will be free to take as many pictures as you want even to join in the dancing if you feel up to it. This night you are in the bandas again and can clean up before your free return transfer in the morning.
Day 7: Maralal / Nairobi
After breakfast, transfer back to Nairobi. You are expected to arrive in Nairobi usually in the late afternoon. Lunch is not included on this day.
Included:
• Camel Safari
• Saddles and Handler guides
• Two persons tents- sewn in ground sheet and mosquito netting.
• Bed sheets and Blankets
• Camping equipment except sleeping bags, which you can always hire from us.
• 3 meals a day whilst on safari prepared by our cook
• Accommodation in bandas at Maralal
• Samburu dancing
Safari Terms and conditions
• Guaranteed tour daily departure
• Minimum order two people.
The above price includes:
• All clients game park entrance fees
• Transport in a tour safari van minibus
• Services of a qualified tour driver/guide
• Hotel accommodation or lodge or camp
• Three meals a day
• All park vehicle entrance fees
• Drivers allowance Price Excludes
• Driver guide and Translater guide tips
• All personal expense not mentioned above

Individual and discounted group rates also available on request.

Yours Sincerely,
STEVE Safari

it will be from 1st august to 4th 2010.
yes we can offer the safari for camel in maralal and you should specifies the date
May be August 1st but yet to be confirmed!
The Annual Maralal Camel Derby will be flagged off on August 1st 2010, starting 3 days of festivities in this remote desert outpost. The quiet town of Maralal, about 348 kms North of Nairobi, is considered the gateway to Kenya’s wild and arid North, and is a mecca for adventurers, nomads and camels.

This is real camel country, and the single humped dromedary camel is a vital 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 North gather 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 animals strength and potential for speed.

Winning the Derby is a great local honour, and each year the title is hotly contested. But this by no means a purely local event. Maralal is a haven for nomadic cultures, and that includes travellers from all over the globe. The Town is a popular stopover for travellers looking for adventure in Kenya’s Northern Frontier District - one of Africa’s last great unspoilt wilderness areas.

For anyone visiting the area 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?


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