Best Festivals in Kenya

Festival Essentials

Top event: Mombasa Carnival
Where: Mombasa, Kenya
Remember to bring: A good camera to savour the dance & celebration action

July – Kenyan Safari Rally

July is the time for car buffs of all types in Kenya. Mid – July sees the Kenyan Safari Rally. This is a fast paced race through the wilderness of Kenya where drivers do not only have to negotiate rough terrain but also assortments of wildlife. The 2 – day rally finishes in Nairobi to a chaotic climax.
On a slower note, the Ferodo Concours d’Elegance takes place on the Nairobi Race Course. This is a celebration of the wide range of pre 1940’s vehicles in Kenya and is a relaxed day out.

August – Maralal Camel Derby

August is celebrated in the north with a Camel Derby and races are held throughout the day. There is also good entertainment for kids and local dancing.

November – Mombasa Carnival

The best festival in Kenya is the Mombasa Carnival in November. Every conceivable race and cultural group has a float here. There are plenty of stalls for shopping and plenty of dance performances. This is a spectacular display of Kenyan culture in its entirety.

More information:

Magical Kenya
Kenyan tourism website with info on cultural events and safaris


By Electra Gilles