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Ride a Camel

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There is no better animal to traverse the desert than the noble camel. But getting on and riding a camel, especially if you're a novice, is anything but noble. Let’s say this up front: Riding a camel is one of the most uncomfortable experiences you can imagine. Now that that’s out of the way, we should also tell you that riding a camel is fantastically fun and bound to be one of your favorite memories from your trip.

It’s best to know certain things before you embark on your journey. In an effort to educate the future camel-riders of the world, we present the following list of tips, in no particular order, on how to survive a camel ride:

  1. Do what your guide tells you. Camels are not horses. Mounting a camel is entirely different from mounting a horse, and it’s just as awkward to dismount. The best thing you can do is whatever your guide advises. Ignore him at your own peril.

  2. Wear long pants and socks. The motion of the camel causes your pants to creep slowly up your calves, exposing your legs to the sun, sand and camel. Make sure you’re slathered in sunscreen, and wear socks to prevent any contact itchiness that may occur.

  3. Don’t forget the aspirin. While half an hour on a camel may not sound like much, it can be a lifetime on your hip joints or your knees—especially if they’re weak or prone to injury. Camel rides certainly won’t do any lasting damage, but the contorted stance they force may cause some minor discomfort if you ride for more than 30 minutes. Carry a light painkiller like Tylenol or Aspirin with you just in case.

 

Success stories

London Leopard

Mar 11 at 23:54 pm
I rode a camel in Dubai when I was 12. we went on a desert safari.

Madeleine Davtyan

Mar 02 at 07:40 am
It was interesting!

Carly Radford

Jan 13 at 00:52 am
On an excursion into the Sahara desert in Tunisia as a teenager/early 20s

Mane Papyan

Jul 12 at 15:50 pm
Done

Ushashi Mitra

Jul 11 at 15:05 pm
in Rajasthan..

Fabiana van der Heiden

Apr 16 at 02:43 am
What a gentle animal to carry me.

ana!

Apr 20 at 10:13 am
Tunisia

Shiylah Hussain

Mar 25 at 02:41 am
Egypt 2006/Morocco 2014

Jordin Miller

Mar 24 at 23:25 pm
During my city festival I rode a camel with my best friend

Marnelle Janse van Rensburg

Mar 24 at 05:50 am
I dont remember when but I did it as a kid many times. At Hartbeespoortdam not far from my home! There were always stalls with different things selling and then they had camels there for the kids:)

Siru Wallin

Mar 24 at 04:29 am
In Morocco

Morgane Bonnardot

Mar 01 at 23:55 pm
Egypt

Pilar Uría

Feb 28 at 07:03 am
Sahara desert, Morocco 2016 with Dodi

Rebekah Heale

Feb 26 at 02:16 am
fun

Shannon Kokkonen

Feb 25 at 00:21 am
with Marilee at the Kane County fair

Nicola Higgs

Feb 24 at 13:42 pm
went on the camel in Morocco, hated it!! got scared when it moved haha

Lauren Edwards

Jan 17 at 01:57 am
Lanzarote

Amy Lewis

Jan 16 at 00:36 am
I rode the camel at Tangynika with the kids

Teresa Thompson

Jan 06 at 00:49 am
First camel-ride in Dubai!

Jodey Hatch

Jan 03 at 23:34 pm
Rode a camel in Egypt

Ingrid Odegaard

Jan 01 at 22:41 pm
Morocco

Austė Diktanaitė

Dec 15 at 00:01 am
It was amazing!

Molly Deirdre Cleary

Dec 05 at 19:36 pm
Did it in Cyprus

Orsi Takács

Nov 16 at 18:15 pm
Tunisia