British journalist wins Maralal International Camel Derby

Maralal International Camel Derby 2016
Rachel Savage finishes the Maralal International Camel Derby 2016. Photo: Twitter/Min_TourismKE

This year’s Maralal International Camel Derby has been won by a British journalist who writes for The Economist, Rachel Savage.

The Maralal International Camel Derby is described as “a fusion of colors, cultures and marvelous animals: all competing in the desert for the honors of having the top camel in the world”.

It brings hundreds of these beasts and their owners together in a desert near Maralal for this annual event.

The Derby is both a serious sport and a wonderful spectacle with entrants from around the world including Australia, America, New Zealand, Canada, England, France, Spain, Japan and South Africa.

Hosted annually at the Yare Camel Club and Camp, 3 kilometers south of the township of Maralal, the Derby tests the speed and strength of the camels, and the handling abilities of their owners or jockeys.

In addition to the race itself, other attractions at the event included cycling races, donkey rides, local dancing displays and stalls where curios and handicrafts, among other things, were available to buy.