The only way to have an authentic Sahara Desert experience is on camelback.
Climbing up onto a camel and going on a trek is surely one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have. And in Morocco, there’s an abundance of these sturdy and mighty “ships of the desert” that can ferry you out into the astounding Sahara Desert and give you the trip of a lifetime.
And so it’s hardly surprising that camel treks in Morocco are one of the most popular things to do in this exciting North African country, which is redolent with charm, mystique and exotica and attracts people from all over the world to come and experience the rich and vibrant Morocco way of life.
It’s a chance to get right up close to these creatures of dependable endurance that have served the people of African desert regions for so many centuries — carrying folk and possessions all around and barely even stopping to rest or drink — and to see what it’s like for yourself while experiencing the magical Sahara Desert from a unique, and high, perspective.
How to Prepare for Riding a Camel?
The first thing you need to know about camels before you clamber aboard one is that they have rough skin and very coarse hair. This means you need to be properly prepared with your attire before you go out on camel treks in Morocco. Primarily, we’re talking about your legs and feet, and so, to protect yourself, we recommend you wear something like jeans or khakis — definitely not shorts or a skirt or dress. Also wear a hat, sunglasses and a scarf to keep out any sand that might be whipped up by the wind, and apply sunscreen to exposed areas like your face and hands.
Sturdy hiking or walking boots or shoes are preferable when going on camel treks in Morocco instead of the more touristy flip-flops, which really won’t do you any favours out in the Sahara Desert and when getting up on — and trying to stay on — a camel.
Riding a camel can be a bit of a wobbly affair, particularly when they start to stand up. It’s common to be slightly alarmed that you might fall off and wonder how on earth you’re going to stay in place as the tall creature starts walking. The trick is to lean back once you’re on board and your camel begins to stand up, which it does with its back legs first, and then forward as it raises itself on its front legs. It takes a while to get used to the irregular gait, and the best thing to do is just go with it and wobble around yourself while holding on to your saddle at all times.
Off on a Camel Train
Camels are calm by nature anyway, so there’s not a lot to worry about, such as them suddenly taking off at speed and leaving everyone behind the way a horse might. If you are on one and it does happen to get spooked, don’t fret and stay calm yourself. You can talk to the camel in a soft voice — never shout at it and don’t kick it. Keep a firm grip on the reins and remember, if you’re on a camel trek in Morocco organised by a good, local firm — like ourselves here at Desert Majesty — you will have an experienced camel handler who will be able to keep the camels under control at all times.
Then you and your fellow guests can set off on a thrilling camel train safe in the knowledge that you’re in perfectly safe hands and experience the camelback way of getting around the amazing desert all on your own. This is how the local Berber desert nomads have been traversing the vast stretches of hot and swirling sands for centuries, a timeless and reliable way of getting around — and in an entirely environmentally friendly way.
It all adds up to a high time in magical Morocco.
Desert Majesty has the best camel treks in Morocco that you can book right now — as well as great tours to the most popular parts of the country. Contact us now and find out more.