Camel rides in Israel offer a unique way to explore the landscape of the Negev Desert. Riding a camel is a unique experience and one which you are unlikely to ever forget, and where better to do it than in the authentic setting that is the desert. A number of camel farms across the Negev offer the opportunity to take camel rides in Israel in safe surroundings (and, of course, with friendly camels!)
Camels in the Negev
Camels have been important throughout history in the Negev Desert particularly during the Nabataean period when the animals were used to transport spices and other precious goods from what is now Yemen to port on the Mediterranean. Crossing the Negev Desert, a network of towns and rest stops were developed at 35km intervals which is the maximum distance a camel can ride each day with a full load (an unloaded camel can ride over 100km a day!) The Nabateans developed a complex communication and support network based upon the camel, and ever since the people of the Negev including the Bedouins who were traditionally nomadic people, have used camels as a pivotal part of their daily lives.
Camel Rides in Israel
Camel rides in Israel are possible in a number of ranches in the Negev Desert. It is important to ensure that you are taking a tour from a reputable and experienced center. A huge range of different experiences are available, from rides in the menage to tours out in the desert lasting one hour, two hours, half a day, or even longer. The tours can cover historical Nabataean routes and even visit the cities built by the Nabataean’s to support their transport network.
The Negev Camel Ranch is located about half way between the Dead Sea and Beer Sheva, and is an experienced and well regarded center to take camel rides in Israel. Unlike many camel ranches in Israel, the Negev Camel Ranch is a working farm – it breeds and trains camels and has the largest herd in Israel. It also develops camel saddles which are now used around the world!
It is conveniently located and rides are reasonably priced (starting at 20 NIS for a ride in the menage (15 NIS for kids), and 65 NIS for a one hour tour (55 NIS for kids), 120 NIS for a two hour ride (100 NIS for kids), and 240 for a 4 hour tour (200 NIS for kids). To book, contact them on 972-8-6552829 or by email [email protected]. Alternatively, check out their website for more information at www.cameland.co.il