So they long ago plumped for a lifestyle that, in return for a certain amount of porterage and being prodded with sticks, allowed them adequate food and grooming and the chance to spit in a human’s eye and get away with it.”
— Terry Pratchett (Pyramids (Discworld, #7))
Camel riding is probably one of those unforgettable experiences, that first make you feel sea-sick before turning into pure fun. Tenerife offers a wide variety of holiday activities and a camel ride should definitely be on your itinerary for a memorable family excursion.
A couple of facts before we get up from the ground
- There are 2 types of true Camels, the single humped dromedary and the bactrian which is two-humped
- Camels are tall, their hump up to 2.15m or 7ft 1in
- Their hump is one of nature’s great inventions, being reservoirs of fatty tissue that helps camels survive in hot climates.
So here we are, facing this lovely camel kneeling in front of us, probably chewing away on some yummy grass or hay and looking at us through those long eyelashes. Camels are in fact the only source of transport in many parts of the desert, called “ships of the desert”. We shouldn’t worry about Terry Pratchett’s quote about spitting which is more typical of Bactrians, and because they are also very good at kicking.
The camel ride
After duly introducing our presence to the camel on which we will be spending the next minutes, it now rises to its full height. And suddenly we are high up in the air and the ride begins. Imagine Lawrence of Arabia riding into the sunset. Absorb Tenerife’s unique landscape from a completely new perspective and falling into your camels’ unique rhythm until you can’t imagine ever relying solely on your own two feet again. Camels walk gracefully and in a quiet balanced way. We can feel their strength and potential speed, which they display in popular camel races as fast as 65 km/h.
Just as every journey comes to an end, we finally return to the Camel Park and it is time to say goodbye for the moment, but we hope to welcome you back very soon.
Tickets are available here and there is even more to discover at Camel Park, including our farm that is home to goats, parrots, chicken and dogs.