Annual Cultural Festivals

Maulidi Festival: Lamu

Prophet Mohammed’s birthday

Maulidi is the popular name given to Milad-un-Nabi, an Islamic festival held during the third month of the Muslim calendar to celebrate the birth of the prophet Mohammed. The main religious celebrations take place in and around the Riyadha Mosque. This colourful festival also includes a swimming race and a donkey race.

Rhino Charge: variable locations

Last weekend in May

A cross-country off-road rally, Rhino Charge sees modified vehicles racing between checkpoints in harsh and challenging terrain. The chosen venue is announced only a few days before the event. The site has campsites, food stalls and bars, and hosts the infamous post-charge party. This charitable event supports the endangered rhino in the Aberdare National Park and around Kenya.

Lewa Marathon: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Last weekend in June

A challenging, high altitude marathon, Lewa Marathon sees runners from around the world attempt the half or full marathon. This charitable event is sponsored by Safaricom, and supports education, health, community development and wildlife conservation projects across Kenya.

Maralal International Camel Derby: Maralal

First weekend in August

The finest camels in northern Kenya come together for this eagerly anticipated event. The weekend also has cycling races, children’s donkey rides, traditional dancing displays and curio stalls.

Safari Sevens: Nairobi, Nyayo Stadium

First weekend in November

Africa’s premier Rugby Sevens tournament, the Safari Sevens is an international event.

Lamu Cultural Festival: Lamu

Last weekend in November

Celebrating the history and culture of this unique Swahili island, the Lamu Cultural Festival showcases traditional dancing, poetry competitions, donkey races, dhow races, traditional handicrafts, photography exhibitions and a Swahili food bazaar.