Paragliding is a new sport that has been introduced in Kenya. It entails participants running for a few meters down the scenic cliffs of Kerio Valley escarpment with a parachute-like equipment strapped on their backs. The glider’s apparatus open as they run down the cliff and since they are wind propelled, the gliders are good to go for the aerial expedition of Kerio Valley. This sport has attracted a huge number of international gliders mainly from Italy, Spain, France and Switzerland. Paragliding is a common event in the Alpine countries and the fact that Kerio Valley escarpment shares similar scenic rolling mountains, has made it a preferred option for this sport.
This is an annual event that is recognized internationally. It is held in Yare Camel Camp, Maralal and takes place in August every year. This event is aimed at creating awareness on the diverse culture and tourism potential in that area. The event includes activities such as ; camel races for both professionals and amateurs, tricamelon( a 5km fun run marathon for the physically disabled and 10km fun run for the rest), peace run which features the Morans of the various communities acting as a unifying factor between the communities, and Samburu night which comprises of cultural experience through dance, food, art e.t.c.
The Maralal camel derby attracts both local and international participants. Apart from the event, the visitors can explore Maralal town which has a rich culture. The town also boasts of a game sanctuary which showcases a variety of wildlife and the ‘House of Kenyatta’ which was the place where Kenya’s first president was detained before his release.
This is the most watered park in Kenya with 14 permanent streams draining off from the nearby Nyambeni Hills. It is accessible by air and road, and it is 348 kms from Nairobi. It was opened in 1968 with an area of approximately 870 square Kilometres. Meru National park is little visited meaning its wilderness is utterly unspoilt. It was home to George and Joy Adamson in the 60’s. In the 1970s, it received as many as 30,000 tourists each year, mainly as a result of the film Born Free. The park gives one the opportunity to see what they call the northern five – Oryx, Grevy’s Zebra, Gerenuk, lesser Kudu and Reticulated giraffe.
The major attractions are wildlife viewing , bird watching, visit the grave where ‘Elsa’ the lioness was buried , fishing at the Tana river, and Adamson’s Falls.