New Trends in Kenya Tourism- Sports in Kenya

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When it comes to sports in Kenya, the country is probably best recognized for its exploits in athletics among other sports. In the just concluded International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) 2015 Championships, Kenya produced the best performance in its history by finishing top in the medal standings (total of 16 medals) to win the overall first position in Beijing, China.

IAAF 2015 KENYA Medalists:

Vivian Cheruiyot wins gold in the women's  10000m at the IAAF 2015

Vivian Cheruiyot wins gold in the women’s 10000m at the IAAF 2015

Gold:

Men: David Rudisha (800m); Asbel Kiprop (1,500m); Nicholas Bett (400m hurdles); Ezekiel Kemboi (3,000m steeplechase); Julius Yego (Javelin)

Women:

Vivian Cheruiyot (10,000m); Hyvin Kiyeng (3,000m steeplechase)

Silver:

Men:

Elijah Manangoi (1,500m); Caleb Mwangangi (5,000m), Geoffrey Kamworor (10,000m); Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase)

Women:

Faith Chepng’etich (1,500m); Helah Kiprop (marathon)

Bronze:

Men:

Paul Tanui (10,000m), Brimin Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase)

Women:

Eunice Sum (800m)

The trend of mixing sports with tourism in the recent past is seen as a promising venture for attracting sporting enthusiasts to Kenya as tourists. Sports in Kenya is now a significant part of Kenya’s tourism industry, with athletes visiting from countries in Europe, Asia, US and other parts of the world to train or conduct philanthropic activities. In 2009, the fastest man in the world in the 100m and 200m, Usain Bolt, visited Kenya for charity work and so did world tennis star Serena Williams in 2010.

There are a number of safari companies that are providing sports related excursions to tourists who want to learn more about sports in Kenya. These companies organize tours to various parts of the country such as areas near Kipchoge keino training center in Eldoret and Nandi hills where the best of Kenya athletes have trained. Besides athletics, Kenya hosts some of the world known sporting events including:

  • Lewa Safaricom Marathon
  • Maralal International Camel derby
  • Safari Seven
  • Kenya Open Golf Tournament

Lewa Safaricom Marathon

Participants during Lewa marathon

Participants during Lewa marathon

Where: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

When: Annual Event (June)

Why go: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, combines the best of community conservation and sports tourism. The race is organized to support sustainable development and responsible tourism in northern Kenya. Participants have a chance to run with the wildlife.

The Maralal International camel Derby

The camel race begins

The camel race begins at Maralal town

Where: Maralal town in Samburu County

When: Annual Event (August)

Why go: Maralal Camel Derby is Africa’s most prestigious camel race and a one of a kind sports in Kenya. This sporting event educates pastoral communities about the usefulness of the camel as a key environmental tool in combating environmental degradation.

Safari Sevens

The Safari Sevens tournament in Nairobi

The Safari Sevens tournament in Nairobi

Where: Nairobi

When: Annual Event (June)

Why go: Safari Sevens tops as one the great recent popular sports in Kenya. The Safari Sevens is a major rugby tournament event held in Nairobi and it features local as well as top international rugby teams.

Kenya Open Golf Tournament

Where: Muthaiga Country Club, Nairobi.

When: Annual Event (April)

Why go: Golf is regarded as one of the sophisticated sports in Kenya. It features both local and international golfers and promises plenty of exciting action on the greens.

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