Some people think of camels as gentle, charming giants. Others call them desert demons. Either way, camels have got a great sense of humor. And appreciate love and attention. If you have time, it is a great idea to ride the camel for a day to explore Wadi Rum desert. To be well prepared for this unique experience, we share some useful information in this blog post.
#1 How to prepare yourself for the camel ride?
Dress comfortably and protect yourself from the harsh sun and the blowing sand. The best way to go is by wearing loose, long sleeves clothes. During summer, light-weight and light-colored clothes are most suited. Trainers are suitable footwear. Wear socks to protect yourself from itchiness. Also, it is essential to protect your head. Bring a hat or headscarf. And bring sunglasses to protect your eyes for radiation. And last but not least, don’t forget the sunscreen.
If you want to take stuff with you, the safest way to store it is by using a backpack. Make sure your pockets are empty. And strap your camera to prevent it from falling.
#2 Can you trek without exercise?
Riding a camel is suitable for all people. And in some way, it is compatible like riding a horse. Short camel rides hardly ever give physical problems. People who go on a full day camel ride can experience muscle and but pains. You will discover muscles from which you never realized you have them. Although it can be uncomfortable, muscle pains mostly go within a day or so.
Remember that camels can sense that their passengers feel uncomfortable. So the biggest favor you can do yourself and your camel is remaining relaxed. Once you start riding, move forward and backward against the camel’s movement. You can let your legs hang loose on the sides. Or you put one leg around the handle to the other side. If you feel uncomfortable, move a little bit to find yourself a more comfortable position. In case you keep feeling uncomfortable, ask your guide to assist you.
#3 How to ride a camel?
As said before, the biggest favor you can do yourself is to relax and enjoy the ride. When you mount your camel, your guide will make sure the camel is crouched on the ground. Get a hold of the handle and swing your leg over the saddle to the other side. Keep hold of the handle as the guide will let the camel lurch upwards. The camel will get up from its back legs first. So lean back in your saddle and hold on to the handle. Next, the camel will raise its front legs—lean forwards when he does that.
Don’t worry about falling off. Although it may seem easy to fall off, it is not. Still, at first, it is a good idea to hold on to the handle. Once you get used to the movement, you can let go of the handle. When you are in a crowded area or when the camels are restless, don’t let go of the handle. Camels are animals! They can always surprise us.
Once you arrive at your destination, the guide will assist you in dismounting your camel, which is the same as mounting the camel, but then in reverse.
#4 What to do when your camel likes to nibble or sneeze?
If you are interested in a camel ride adventure, we offer an 1-day Wadi Rum camel ride. And if you prefer a taste or riding, you can extend your tour with a one or two hour ride.