Getting up onto a camel is an exhilarating experience that can not be replicated. Traveling through the Sahara Desert as ancient nomads once did allows you to see the land in a new and completely different way ‘ creating a far better experience than any travel guide or picture book could. To make sure you’re creating positive memories instead of negative ones, here are some things to keep in mind.
A camel is an interesting creature that certainly has a mind of its own. Though it is generally tame and friendly, there are some camels who simply want to give you a hard time. Let your guide know if you have a camel who’s particularly reckless as you don’t want to get hurt or worry about your safety instead of looking at the scenery. Camels also smell a bit and they can spit at you, so watch out.
The ride will be a rocky one, but once you get the rhythm of the camel’s movement, you will settle into the comfortable ride and enjoy the views of the lands. You will be riding for long periods, often with some narration by your guide and with frequent stops as needed by the group. Some treks also include meals.
Since you are going to out in the sun for long periods of time, it’s best to cover up with sunscreen and layers of clothing. You want to keep your skin from being exposed to the sun as much as possible.
When you are looking for someone to lead you on a camel trek, you will want to go through a larger company that’s well known in the travel industry. Smaller family outfits might be more relaxed, but they might also not provide you with any protection should you become hurt. Talk to a local travel agent in your area as well as the concierge at your hotel to see what camel trek operators they recommend.