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Camel Riding in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

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Berber Travel Guide Leading Camel over Moroccan Sahara Sand Dunes

When you take a trip or safari into the Moroccan Desert you are going to see camels. You are going to see camels in their natural environment, camels carrying goods and genuinely hard at work, and camels waiting for to you ride them.

The thing about camels is they are in fact more intimidating up close, than they are on a television screen.  Camels, whether they have one hump or two, are pretty large.  And they are not like dogs who endear themselves to you.  Camels are aloof, they are proud, and there are those who think they are arrogant!

Actually, camels are fascinating creatures. Firstly, if you get to ride a camel in Morocco, and we really suggest you do, you will have assistance.  Camels kneel down for you to mount them and its an easy process but it can be a bit unnerving. A guide will always be there to keep the camel in place, and to help you get up.  Once youre up, its a bit like balancing on a horse.  Theres a hump for you to hold, and of course, there are reins too so you can balance and feel secure.

Riding through the desert on a camel is incredible. You feel like a Bedouin or a Nomad. The scenery is amazing – red sand, dunes for miles, the dark blue sky, and unless you ride to an oasis which you may well do, there is nothing around.  Of course when you do a camel desert safari, there is in fact plenty around, you just dont see it easily.  Guides carry delicious snacks, drinks and will set up camp for you in a shady spot (tea stop, water stop, lunch stop) in a luxurious and adventurous manner.  You may be going for an hour ride, a half day ride or on an overnight safari.  There are many options for camel safaris, and they are all amazing.

A group of camels is called a caravan of camels, and we have all seen photographs as they walk through the desert in a long line, sometimes up to 1000 camels at once.  Camels were used as carriers of goods, including salt, cotton, tea and gold, and were an important part of the Trans-Saharan trade route.  Their specially adapted body features, eyes, eyelids and hair, protect them from the sun and they can walk for days without water. Their humps are filled with fat, not water as perviously thought, which will keep them going for days.

Camels can go quite quickly, but not when you are on top of them.  When you ride a camel in Morocco, you are going to go slowly and leisurely so the journey is safe and you can take in the beautiful desert landscapes.  Give your camera to the guide so he can get good pics of you perched on top of a camel, and dont forget to dress appropriately.  Long pants so your legs dont get scratched, a long sleeved shirt to protect you from the sun, and of course, a local Moroccan scarf or turban to cover your head from the sun!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is it like riding a camel?2022-10-03T08:32:59+00:00

It’s a really unique experience! Camels are definitely not the smoothest ride, but it’s really cool to be on top of one as it walks through the sand. You can feel their strength and power as they walk, and it’s a great way to see the landscape and desert around you. It’s an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling like a true adventurer.

Are camels stronger than horses?2022-10-03T08:32:19+00:00

There is no definitive answer to this question since there are so many variables to consider, such as the size and weight of the animals, the climate and terrain they are being used in, etc. However, on average camels seem to be stronger than horses.

This is largely because camels have evolved to be able to withstand extreme conditions and survive for long periods of time without food or water. They are also able to carry heavy loads over long distances in hot climates. Horses, on the other hand, are more suited for colder climates and are not as efficient when it comes to transporting goods over long distances.

Is there a weight limit for camel riding?2022-10-03T08:31:50+00:00

There is no set weight limit for camel riding, but there are general guidelines that should be followed. For instance, it is typically recommended that riders weigh no more than 220 pounds. Additionally, children are often allowed to ride camels, but they must be of adequate weight and height. In Morocco, where camel riding is a popular tourist activity, the age requirement for children is usually around five-seven years old.

Are camels safe to ride?2022-10-03T08:30:43+00:00

Yes, camels are safe to ride in Morocco. Children as young as two or three years old often ride camels.

Camels are very docile creatures and have been used for centuries as working animals in Morocco. They can travel long distances across the desert without getting tired, and they’re able to go for long periods of time without food or water. Camels are also very sure-footed, which makes them ideal for traversing rocky terrain.

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