Scarabeo: Day Two - Camel Riding!
We were super excited to wake up in Scarabeo the next morning because today was all about camel riding!
This was one of the things that I looked forward to the most when hearing we were spending a night in the desert. I had ridden a camel before but years ago and so couldn't wait to get back on! So after having a lazy morning and wolfing down a very tasty breakfast of sweet breads, jams and cheese we patiently waited for our camels to finish their morning grazing and be led down the hill for us to mount them.
One of the good things about Scarabeo is you can see how well they look after their camels, they are left to freely roam and graze on the hill side and the camels are rotated between each ride so that no one camel is over worked, making them VHC (very happy camels). The rides cost about 400 dirham, which is about £35 - not bad at all for some time with our little friends!
Although this was my second camel ride, I still want quite used to how wobbly the the ascent was when my camel (a lovely white camel, who had a very active bladder!) rose.
The ride lasted about 45 minutes and as our camels were guided up the hill, we had the perfect view of the camp - it is only when you see the camps from such a distance that you realise how isolated the camp is, making it the perfect getaway for some 'me' time.
Although the camels were being led, you could tell that they definitely had a mind of their own and really did stroll through the desert.
Once our ride was over and we said a quick goodbye to our camels, we quickly rushed to tent to try and squeeze the last few goodies into our luggage before hopping into our favourite yellow jeep and waving goodbye to both the desert and Morocco for now.
Fatima the camel wasn't in the best mood the day before and ad a little nip at me.