Kenya is known for annual events that not only attract a large attendance from the local market but also international sphere. SleepOut looks at some of those events.
Lamu Cultural Festival
Lamu Cultural Festival is an annual event held to celebrate the culture, songs and lifestyle of local community in Lamu County.
Lamu Island. [Photo/Wikipedia.com]
The three-day event, held every November, seeks to showcase of traditional dances, displays of handicraft and competitions on water and land (donkey races, dhow races, Swahili poetry, henna painting), a Swahili bridal ceremony and musical performances
During the festival, visitors get a chance to experience the island’s unspoiled beaches, medieval ambiance, architecturally magnificent Old Town, gracious locals and traditions from an enchanted time where history lives on.
Magical Kenya Travel Expo
The Magical Kenya Travel Expo is a travel and tourism event, organised by the Kenya Tourist Board, to bring together buyers and exhibitors from both local and international markets.
Tourism CS Phyllis Kandie and Kenya Tourism Board MD Ndegwa Muriithi officially open MKTE 2015
The event, held every October, seeks to showcase Kenya’s diversity and create an opportunity for visiting trade members to gain better understanding of Kenya’s diverse tourism products.
Now in its fifth year, MKTE provides a platform for tourism stakeholders and meet, interact, share ideas with their counterparts from the international market.
Maralal International Camel Derby
Maralal International Camel Derby is an annual event aimed at opening up the northern tourism circuit to both domestic and international tourists.
The event, held in Samburu County every August, has been able to attract participants from East Africa, the US, UK, Germany, Netherlands, India, Ghana, France, Brazil, China, Poland among others.
Among the activities that take place include amateur and professional camel races, bike competitions, marathon, cultural and culinary shows.
Lake Turkana Cultural Festival
The Lake Turkana Cultural Festival is an annual event aimed showcasing the cultural art of the 10 communities that live near and around Lake Turkana also known as Jade Lake.
Lake Turkana Cultural Festival
The event brings together visitors from different countries, partners in the private sector, and Governmental and Non-Government organisations in a celebration of food, song, dance, culture and art uniquely associated with the Turkana.
Mombasa International Cultural Week
The newly introduced Mombasa International Cultural Week has already proved a success in its two years of existence.
The event, launched in 2014 is aimed at marketing the various tourist attractions that Mombasa has to offer including sites, food, song, dance and the unique Swahili culture associated with the county in order to place the county as an ideal destination for both domestic and international tourists.
Mombasa International Cultural Week is held every August bringing together buyers and exhibitors with various products on display including
The four-day event attracts over 40,000 visitors, both local and international and is held in different parts of the city including Fort Jesus, Makadara Grounds and Mama Ngina drive.
The event culminates to a major street carnivore held on the last day on the streets of Mombasa bringing together different communities living at the coast as well as visitors.
Held in June every year, Rhino Charge is one of the globally recognised events held in Kenya to contribute money for preserving Kenya’s Aberdare Ecosystem and other water catchment areas including Mt Kenya and Mt Eburu.
The off-road motorsport competition has been in existence since 1989 and is organised by The Rhino Ark Charitable Trust to raise funds to support the conservation efforts.
It offers unique and exciting competition that requires bravery and a high level of skill in off-road driving and navigation.
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