Riding a camel in North Africa

At first, this young camel seemed willing enough to let me climb on his back, but when he had to get up with me clinging on for dear life, he bolted like a bullet to full height.

Camels are unpredictable.

There’s a method to getting on and off a camel without being tipped off. When the camel is seated, this is when you get on in a swift and soft motion. The camel will rise in two jolting movements – up and backwards. The effect on the rider is to shoot you skywards and then tip you forward so hard you’re briefly staring vertically down at the ground over the top of your camel’s head! Then the front legs unfold too, and you’re tipped back in the opposite direction, so you think you’ll fall over the back.

Camels are called “Ships of the desert.” Unlike horses, they move their front and back foot on the same side of the body forward together. Their movement produces a very boat-like, side-to-side rocking motion.

I’m in Tunisia here with my mother (taken in 2009), in the north of Africa. We are bordering the Sahara Desert, which is not all dunes. Deserts have a whole array of scenery.

Read the previous blog post called, Lagoon of the Land of Palms.
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