What to do in Maralal and Beyond..
Trekking and travelling through the arid plains north of Maralal and through the valleys of the Matthews Ranges, you will often encounter game. Plains game, including Northern endemics such as Grevys Zebra, Reticulated Giraffe and Oryx are often seen. The riverine forests are good birding country, and in the late afternoon also excellent leopard territory.
The best time to see game is early morning and late afternoon. In the midday heat, most animals retreat to the cool of thick undergrowth and become invisible. Morning and afternoon game drives also allow you to witness the unforgettable African dawn and sunsets.
If you have a particular wildlife or birding interest, look for a Safari operator who can offer you specialized guiding and services to suit your needs.
The Maralal Camel Derby
The Maralal Camel Derby is an annual event, held mid year just outside
of Maralal town. This is Africa's best known and most prestigious camel
race, attracting both local and international competitors. The event is a
major draw for spectators as well as racers, and the competition is
fierce. The race is a great social event, and the major event on the
The Maralal Camel derby is more than just a race. It is an entertaining
festival of fun and local competition that brings this small desert town
If you are visiting Kenya during the race period, don't miss Maralal.
The rough terrain and open spaces of this region make for challenging and rewarding mountain biking. Bikes are available locally for hire, but care should be taken in choosing a bike. At the annual Maralal Camel Derby, there is a challenging cycling race.
Anyone considering travelling by bicycle in this area should come adequately prepared.
Samburu land is camel country, and an ideal place for a camel safari. For a longer safari, there are many possibilities out of Maralal and Wamba. The high and beautiful Matthews Ranges offer excellent camel trekking.
The camel is perfectly adapted to this landscape and is widely used throughout Northern Kenya. They are usually used for pack animals rather than riding, and are ideal as back up on a trek through the bush. Camels with saddles are usually also supplied for those who want to ride.
Many camel safaris either carry all camping equipment and supplies with them, or use vehicle back up to set up camp ahead of your arrival at a prearranged spot. Gifted Samburu guides, for whom a camel train through the wilderness is a way of life, will introduce you to the bush and the local wildlife.
This is a once in a lifetime experience, walking through the bush with only the sounds of the wild and the soft tinkling of the camel bells, you will find yourself travelling at a relaxed pace, moving through the wild in tune with the rhythms of nature.