A Day At The Races

More pics from the Maralal Camel Derby.
camelslim (22k image) Sasha and Sheila on camels
Sasha and Sheila battle for position! (or should I say struggle for balance?)
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Sheila deploys her secret weapon for greater speed.

Sasha and banner
Sasha crosses the finish line.

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The local Samburu watch us Mzungus making fools of ourselves.
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Meanwhile a local shows us how it’s supposed to be done.
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Will crosses the line, with help.

In fact everybody had to have their camel dragged by its handler in front, and spanked by another handler behind, in order to make them complete the 11km course. Speeds were not great, but spectacle was. VSO’s three riders all finished the course and were not last (I’m told that honour went to Peace Corps for whom taking part in the Derby is something of a tradition).


  1. tygger Says:

    wow! cool piccies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did the camels slober alot? Thats always been my experience of camels in zoos …


  2. Mark Says:

    Erm, wow, Tyg, you were here quick with your comment. Not even sure i’d finished uploading all the pics by then.

    There was a certain amount of camel gob flying about. One looked as if it was foaming at the mouth. There was a vet on the site who had to check each camel before it could race. Some had wounds on their flesh painted with green or purple antiseptic.

  3. tyg Says:

    uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu…. funky coloured antiseptic … like children’s plasters …. 🙂

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