The majority of camel rides take place in the Palmeraie or Palm Grove. You can reach there easily via taxi or horse-drawn cart from either Jamaa el-Fna Square or the area of Majorelle (taxis and caleche are located nearest to the Koutabia, or at the end of Rue Yves Saint-Laurent).
The fact of the matter is this: camels aren’t born to be ridden by humans. They have to be trained to bear riders, and that training involves violence. They are beaten with sticks, whips, or bullhooks; are constantly overloaded; and are often chained and muzzled.
Deep in South East Morocco, lie two sets of Saharan Ergs, or sand dunes. Approaching the dunes, you drive across rocky desert for several miles, before you see the magnificent Erg Chebbi dunes looming in the background. The camel treks depart from a local kasbah.
Secondly, although it is understandable to confuse the Western Sahara and Sahara Desert , they are very different. The dunes that we usually recommend for our travelers the Erg Chebbi dunes, near Merzouga. They are in Southeastern Morocco and are very safe . There are no “rebels” in the area.
Known as ‘Ships of the Desert’, camels have been an important creature in Morocco for hundreds of years. Many tourists look forward to getting up close and personal with the iconic animals on a trip to the kingdom, with people enjoying camel riding experiences all around the country.
Hi neicey83, there are no weight limit for the camels . If we should see that someone could be too heavy, they would be seated on their own camel to ensure no discomfort for the camels .
A fast , unladen camel can attain speeds of over 60 kilometers per hour (while fast racehorses can peak at about 65 kilometers per hour). On sand, however, the camel will beat the horse in a race. Average speed of camel is greater then horse if going with heavy load.
Camels wearing fabric muzzles usually spit and/or bite which indicates that they feel they have to defend themselves against people because of previous bad experiences.
Camels are smarter than horses , indeed! They are intelligent and emotional animals, and form close bonds with humans. The typical domestic camel can be taught to follow specific commands, even though they can be stubborn at times. Camels have a great memory, which I witnessed when a group of us visited a camel farm.
For the desert trip , it is best to wear loose-fitting light pants. If you choose shorts, make sure you have long pants for the camel ride . The camel’s fur is scratchy and rough. You will sweat a lot, so take a top that allows your skin to breathe.
In terms of spending for attractions, you can expect to pay about $450 which includes the Sahara Desert tour.
Overall, the consensus seems to be that it is relatively safe to visit Marrakech —provided that travelers take certain precautions, including informing themselves about the areas to avoid in Marrakech . To learn more about traveler safety in Marrakech , read on.
In short, YES! Morocco is a safe country to visit for female travelers . As with all destinations, my best advice is to remain vigilant. The main crimes you need to watch out for are pickpockets and scams.