Maralal- The Mysterious Northern Frontier

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Maralal is one of the northern towns of Kenya. This town’s most popular activity on the tourism calendar is the annual camel derby.

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The Beauty of the North

Samburu may be the most popular county north of Kenya, but Maralal is a place to reckon for its unique adventures. It is a simple town, inhabitant by the Samburu people, who mostly live a nomadic lifestyle.  It almost looks like the town that time forgot because apart from locals buying and selling, herding camels and other domestic animals, nothing else happens there.

Despite the lack of enthusiastic ventures like in cities and towns in the cooler part of the country, Maralal Kenya is home to breathtaking natural attractions such as the scenic Loroghi Hills and Matthews Ranges that kiss the sky.

The residents are also slowly adjusting to modern living by embracing education and other developments. This town has Maralal High School and Maralal Campus of Laikipia University.  This town is significant in Kenya’s history. The First President of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, was detained there, in Kenyatta House.  The 1959 building is now a national monument.

Maralal International Camel Derby

The Maralal Camel Derby takes place on the dirt streets of this town in August every year. Tourists, amateur and professional jockeys experience the life of nomads by riding these beasts of the desert in an adventurous safari around the town.

Maralal hotels

Spend more time exploring this region by staying within. Maralal Safari Lodge is one such accommodation venue within the town. It is a cottage style lodge within Maralal Game Sanctuary. It has a 48-bed capacity in en-suite, beautifully furnished rooms.  Yare Camel Club is another comfortable place to stay whether in a cabin or in a tent. You can also stay in Ngari Hill GuestHouse or Sunbird.

Things to do in Maralal

A game safari in Maralal Game Sanctuary will take you to the habitat of rare species such as the reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra and the oryx.  Other activities are bird watching, biking and camel riding. You can also tour the neighbouring towns of Samburu, Isiolo, Turkana and Baringo.

Maralal Kenya Map

Travel to Maralal from Baringo or Isiolo. You can opt for pubic shuttle services or prefer the more comfortable and dependable car hire service.

Maralal is about 348km from the capital city.  The road trip from Nairobi is an unforgettable drive through the Great Rift Valley and the Aberdare Ranges.  Within the seven or so hours you will spend on this journey, you will pass some of the most scenic locations in Kenya.  A road trip takes about 7 hours, though you can also fly from Nairobi on a chartered aircraft to an airstrip in the region.

Map of Maralal- The Mysterious Northern Frontier

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