What could be more classically North African than taking a ride on a camel? For centuries, these hardy creatures provided the primary means of transport through the endless deserts of the continent. The culture of the nomadic herders and traders who practiced this lifestyle has changed over time, but the traditions have been preserved. A camel ride offers a great way to experience Moroccan culture at a leisurely pace. The perspective you'll get from high on the humped back of one of these animals is like no other. Who knows? You might find yourself yearning for the life of a Bedouin. Or maybe not.
If you’ve never ridden a camel before, Marrakesh might be the ideal place to try it out. You’ll have no trouble finding street vendors who will offer you a quick photo opportunity on the back of their camel. But if you want to truly experience camel riding for yourself, it may be better to book a proper tour. Depending on your budget and available time, there are several options for your camel riding adventure. Short 3 hour rides through the palm groves outside Marrakech offer a quick taste of this traditional way of life. Often, these tours include a visit to a Berber house that will give you an insight into the way of life of real Moroccans. North African hospitality is legendary! For a more immersive experience, you can embark on multi-day camel trekking adventures deep into rural Morocco. Traveling the same routes as ancient Arab traders through the desert is an experience you’ll never forget.