If you are planning a trip to Morocco, then there should be one thing that is a must-see and must-do while you are there; a camel ride.
Camel rides are truly spectacular and unique, and you will never forget it.
The good news is that Morocco has camels in high supply, so you’re bound to see them around you when you are on your vacation.
If you want to have a more authentic experience while in Morocco, then it’s a good idea to organize a camel ride.
There are so many options available, so we’ve gathered 7 of the most amazing camel rides in Morocco to choose from, including a little bit about what to expect, why you need to go, and if it is completely safe to do so.
Read on to find out more!
About Camel Rides In Morocco
Camels are magnificent creatures. They are incredibly unique, and funny characters, yet the ones used for riding in Morocco are really well trained, and are easy to be around.
You can ride a camel for a short period of time from one of the camel drivers.
You will find these in busy tourist spots such as on the beach, near markets, or even in your hotel complex.
On one trip we had, a camel and its handler would walk around the hotel complex offering rides to guests for a small fee. It’s a wonderful experience.
However, if you want a more intriguing and interesting experience, you can book a camel ride tour to one of the attractions in Morocco such as through the Sahara desert, around the Atlas Mountains, or the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou.
It’s entirely up to you.
Just trust us when we say hold on to your camel, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
Why You Need To Go On A Camel Ride When In Morocco
For want of a better phrase, it’s just got to be done. When in Rome, do as the Romans do, when in Morocco…ride a camel!
Camels have been used in Morocco for thousands of years for travelers, nomads, transporting goods and heading into the desert.
They are amazing animals with immense strength, endurance, and durability.
Riding a camel is one of those things you just have to do when you’re in Morocco. If you don’t, you will most definitely regret it.
7 Amazing Camel Rides In Morocco
If you want an authentic, unforgettable experience, then book with Morocco Camel Trekking, which is actually run by desert nomads who take pride in the tours and their camels.
This is a three day trip from Marrakech towards Dades Valley, where you will pass the High Atlas Mountains (Also check out these other Amazing Mountains In Morocco), see stunning landscapes and explore the Berber villages.
You will have stops for mint tea or coffee, and enjoy the panoramic views along the way.
You also get a chance to see Ait Benhaddou Kasbah, along with Ouarzazate- where many Hollywood films have been shot before settling in for the evening.
You also have a chance to explore the Kasbah of Ait Yul, Todra Valley and admire the views of Todra Gorge.
On the final day, you will get to ride camels as the sun rises on your way back to Merzouga.
If you want a short ride, then try this camel ride through the palm groves of the Oasis Palmeraie with a private tour!
You get to explore the villages of the Palmeraie, enjoy a local tea, and take in the stunning landscapes just outside of Marrakech.
Another option is an overnight camel trek through the dunes of Erg Chebbi Desert with this trip through the Sahara.
If you’ve ever seen movie shots of nomads riding camels through the desert, that is exactly what to expect.
You get to ride the camels on your journey, and give drumming and sandboarding a try before enjoying a traditional Moroccan tagine served with sweet mint tea, and end the evening in a Berber tent under the stars.
If you want to see more of Morocco, but don’t have a lot of time, you can try this two day tour from Marrakech to the Zagora Desert.
This overnight tour will take you through the Atlas Mountains, where you will have the opportunity to see the sights and natural beauty of the location.
You will also stay in a desert campsite in a tent, and be able to watch the sunrise and sunset while riding your own camel.
If you want to catch one of Morocco’s famous sunsets, then where better to do so than on top of a camel?
With a classic mint tea, the sun going down above you, and spectacular views on a camel, what’s not to love?
With this tour, you will also get to visit a traditional Berber home, meet the family, and see the Palmeraie that encompasses Marrakech.
This experience allows you to discover the vast desert landscapes on a half day dromedary (one humped camel) ride and quad bike tour.
You’ll get a taste of Moroccan culture on camelback and get to see a Berber village, before speeding through the desert on a quad bike!
With fresh tea, amazing hospitality, and nomadic dress for the ride, it’s a wonderful experience while in Morocco.
If you’re looking for a short yet fun experience, then you can go on a one hour camel ride in Essaouira. A dromedary is simply a one humped camel, or known as the Arabian camel.
With this charming experience, you will get to ride the relaxing dromedary and explore the peace and serenity of the countryside near Diabat and Essaouira.
It’s suitable for the whole family to enjoy, won’t cost much, and is a great experience if you don’t want to spend too much time on camelback.
How Much Does It Cost To Ride A Camel In Morocco?
This will vary depending on the tour you are going on, as some may be extensive, and inclusive of lunch or tourist stops on your itinerary.
However, a good way to judge it is by checking prices of local camel rides that you can find on beaches or on hotel complexes.
On average, these camel rides last about 30 minutes and will cost around 100 Dirham per ride, which is less than around $10.
Just ensure that you negotiate or find out the price before riding so that you’re not stuck with a hefty bill.
Is It OK To Ride Camels In Morocco?
It is fine to ride camels when in Morocco. Camels are incredibly strong animals and can carry up to 900 lbs for up to 25 miles per day!
However, most camels will find it easy to carry around 375-600 lbs with ease, so riding one for a tour is OK.
You may be wondering if it is safe for you, and for the camel to ride one. The good news is that the camels used for rides are very well trained, and handled well.
It is safe for you to be around them, as they will not be aggressive (in most cases) as they are used to being around people.
In addition, camels have been used in Morocco for thousands of years to carry very heavy loads and burdens to far off locations in the desert, so it is safe and okay to ride one for a short period of time.
They will be well cared for. That being said, always follow the directions and instructions of the tour leader to ensure you are safe and comfortable, and the camel is too.
Best Places To Ride A Camel In Morocco
There are many places to ride a camel in Morocco. We recommend booking a ride in Essaouira- where you can enjoy what it is like in a camel’s natural habitat.
You’ll be surrounded by sand, the dazzling blue waters, and will definitely get some Instagram-worthy pictures!
You could also try riding a camel in Tangier, which is not near the desert, but you can go on a tour to Hercules’ Cave, which is a great day out.
Alternatively, try Merzouga. Where better than the Sahara Desert to ride a camel? You’ll find amazing tours and camping opportunities there.
Other tours will take you from Marrakech to Agadir, and around places in Zagora, all of which are great stopping points, with ample opportunities to see the sights and enjoy the ride.
No matter which camel ride you choose, you will have a fantastic time with these unique and interesting creatures, and get to see some of the most stunning sights Morocco has to offer.