LONDON, England – Kenya is celebrating an eclectic mix of events on its cultural calendar this summer, as the destination prepares to welcome visitors to a range of musical, cultural, and sporting events in the country.
RIFT VALLEY FESTIVAL
August 31-September 2, 2012
Fisherman’s Camp in Lake Naivasha will be hosting this year’s Rift Valley Festival from Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2, 2012. The Rift Valley Festival will showcase both local and worldwide talent, offering a combination of traditional African beats and global hits for visitors to enjoy in an intimate setting.
Situated in the center of the Great Rift Valley among beautiful Lake Naivasha, the festival will showcase the local crafts, culture, and arts of the Rift Valley. The festival also raises vital funds that go directly to local community projects in the Rift Valley, supporting schools and local communities by promoting social issues that affect local families.
The Rift Valley Festival has teamed up with STA Travel to offer exclusive packages. Contact the dedicated Rift Valley Festival STA Travel team on: 0871 230 8581 or email them at [email protected] .
Further information on the Rift Valley Festival: riftvalleyfestival.co.uk .
MAGICAL KENYA SAMBURU MARALAL CAMEL DERBY
August 24-26, 2012
The annual Magical Kenya Maralal Camel Derby takes place in the month of August in Maralal, a remote desert outpost in Samburu county. The quiet town of Maralal, about 348 kms north of Nairobi, is considered the gateway to Kenya’s wild and arid North, and is a mecca for adventurers, nomads, and camels.
The camel derby has gained international recognition over years and has registered participants from 16 different countries including US, UK, Germany, Netherlands, India, and Ghana, as well as Kenya. The 2012 three-day derby will include expert and amateur camel ride competitions, the Tricamalon, a 10 km fun run, a 5 km fun run for the physically challenged, and bike races.
CYCLE WITH THE RHINO
September 15, 2012
Located in Lake Nakuru National Park, Nakuru, Cycle with the Rhino is an annual fund-raising initiative by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). The main aim is to restore the 74 km electric fence, which is key in providing a successful rhino breeding sanctuary, while protecting the internationally-renowned birdwatcher’s paradise, famous for its 1.5 million flamingos.
The funds are also used to carry out CSR (corporate social responsible) projects for various communities around the park, promoting community conservation education around Lake Nakuru National Park.
Activities include a cycling race, game veiwings, and children’s activities. Each participant will receive a certificate and additional cash prizes for winners and runners-up.
Further information on Cycle with the Rhino: http://www.kws.org/parks/park_reserve_detail/Nakuru/cyclewithrhino.html .
THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION
The thrilling wildebeest migration takes place from July to October each year. With over 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra on the run for the green pastures of the Maasai Mara, it is one of Kenya’s most dramatic and memorable safari experiences.
Wildebeest can be heard for miles away as they thunder over the Kenyan border towards freshly-grown and nutritious lands. Zebra are swept up in the flow, peppering the herds with color as they head towards the mighty Mara River. Visitors watch in awe as the river banks swell and burst with wildebeest as they storm down the river bank, certainly a sight not to be missed!
So head to Kenya this summer for a true taste of Africa with events to suit every taste!