DERBY ACTIVITIES

The following are the activities of the SMICD:  

 

Camel Races:  Camel Races are twofold- Amateur/Novice and Professional. The Amateur race which covers 10km taking approximately 1 hour to complete usually takes place on Saturday of the event week. It is for participants who have no previous camel riding experience and require assistance of camel handlers. There is a day for registration and orientation of participants on the camel riding, rules and routes.  Professional race is for those who have had experience in camel ride and require no handler. The race is 21km and is usually will be flagged off on Sunday.

 

Cycle Races: These are fourfold- Kids (10 years and below), disabled, local black mamba/unprofessional bikers and professional bikers from anywhere in the world.  All the four take place on Saturday.

 

Peace-run: This is a 10km road race involving real warriors from the Samburu, Turkana and Pokot nomadic pastoralist people in order to promote peace among them because of persistent cattle rustling activities amongst them. The criterion of choosing winners is by picking the first five among each tribal group. So each tribe wins. The prizes are in the form of sheep and goats. During the Camel Derby period, the organizers facilitate interaction sessions where a lot of discussions, counseling take place especially in the evening. They are also oriented on other issues  such as HIV/AIDS, Peace Management strategies, Diversification of livelihoods, importance of education and literacy, and so.

 

Road Race: A 10km race is held for any other non-professional participant who feels like running either for fun or sporting.  It is for both men and women.

 

Triathlon: This is a three in one race involving competition on camels, bicycles and running. There is individual triathlon race where one entrant runs on foot for 2 kilometres, comes back, ride on camel for 3km and finally on bicycle for 5km. The triathlon team race takes the same format but involves a team of three people who each competes on foot, camel of bike.

 

 

Cultural Activities: Some of these activities include cultural manyatta (homestead), cultural rites (circumcision, marriage), traditional dances, blacksmithing, and Samburu Nite fashion show. These are spectacular Samburu and Turkana cultural events that attract so many observers from all over.

 

Other Fun Activities: Climb the greasy pole and ring the bell,  Guess the weight of (a) Samburu sheep (b) Goat,   Curios, Camel rides, Pin tail camel, Ruffles, Sack race, Ethnic lucky dip (Local items from Samburu people –Souvenirs), Traditional games- throwing rungu, nkelde, serpep, tag of war, and many more.

 

Also available: Local women groups jewelry displays/sales, souvenir sales, Samburu culture talks, and many more.

 

Visit to spectacular sites: A day before registration and orientation, a visit is organized for visitors to sample the rich Samburu cultural heritage  sites and sceneries, such as the ‘House of God’ (a cave where the Samburu women go to worship, pour milk and ask for blessings especially of rain), ‘World’s End-View’ (a steep and deep dropping escarpment that is spectacular) and many other places.

 

Display of Samburu traditional foods, medicinal herbs, and so on

 

Camel Safaris: Before and after the SMICD, camel safaris are available for those interested to explore the Samburu country and culture. Half/full day, overnight, and many days camel treks can be organized at Yare Camel Camp for those desiring to view birds, game, Samburu cultural life and the un-spoilt natural environment.