Camel Riding in Morocco with KIDS

Camel Riding in Morocco with KIDS

Camel riding with kids in Morocco

When you research a family trip to Morocco  you will come across camel rides. Should you go camel riding with the kids? Is it too ‘touristy’? We decided to go for it. I’m not afraid of touristy things because we are tourists! Even though the kids had ridden a camel at the zoo we figured when in Rome – do as the Romans. Wow! What a great choice for us because this was such crazy fun.

First of all, when kids ride a camel at the zoo, they step off of a platform that is ‘camel level’, sit down and ride around a circle. It wasn’t until we rode camels in Morocco and got on them while they were seated on the ground, did I realize that riding them from a sitting position to a standing position was SO much a part of the fun!!

Camel riding: boy on seated camel.

A camel stands up with both back legs first which throws you really forward.  You feel like you are going to fall off so you have a death grip on the saddle. Then, the front legs straighten and you are level again. Read more about how to get on a camel here. We all laughed and giggled at this part so much though my youngest had a death grip on the handle!  I swear I had more fun than the kids.

The Educational Tourist riding camel.

Some of our camels were new moms and their babies were tied up nearby. Baby camels, like baby humans, do NOT like mom leaving and even though they could see mom the entire time they made it clear vocally they weren’t happy and ‘talked’ back and forth with mom. It reminded me of when my kids were toddlers and I could not walk around the corner in the kitchen without hearing, “Mom? Mom?MOM!”

Camel riding; Mom and baby camel

While camel riding, the handler walked leading the first camel by a rope and the rest of the camels followed in line. Our whole family sat on camels right on the coast and the view of the sea was amazing. I couldn’t help but think of all the generations of families who traveled to this very spot on a camel.

Camel riding caravan with family

The ride was cheap – just the equivalent of a few $ each rider but we were slightly pressured to buy other things like a toy camel and a bracelet. They were just a few $ each and we bought them considering it just part of the price. Funny thing is that camel became a constant companion for the rest of the trip and now proudly stands on the night stand table. You never know where you’ll find a favorite souvenir!

Camel riding: Boy with stuffed camel

Camel riding was great fun and a top experience for our family during our colorful Moroccan adventure. We can’t wait to go back to Morocco and have more family travel adventures!

We absolutely LOVED Morocco and can’t wait to get back. If you are lucky enough to be off to Morocco you’ll love these related posts on how to travel with the whole family.

Amazing hotel IN the Kasbah – La Maison Blanche

How to Shower in Morocco – Why is the hot always on the left?

All You Need to Know about Rug Buying in Morocco 

Happy family travels,

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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26 Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    Riding the camel was such a neat experience!

  2. Hi,

    Thank for this great article , and i hope the next time to read another article about camel riding in the desert as well as possible 🙂

    • NatalieTanner says:

      We so want to go back to Morocco!! Maybe camels in the desert will be an experience next time! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This is so cute! I really want to visit Morocco and will keep this activity at the top of my list since it was such a good price.

  4. What a fantastic experience for your kids! What did they think of the camel ride? I’d love to hear what else you enjoyed in Morocco.

  5. Christina says:

    Camel riding in Morocco sounds like such an exotic holiday for kids. Lucky kids! Camels do like to spit though, especially when they are unhappy. It sounds like your kids had a ball.

  6. You’re such a cool mom to let your kids experience this! 🙂 This would be something I’d love to do when I have kids of my own! What are the other areas in Morocco that are family friendly ? 🙂

    • NatalieTanner says:

      LOL! Well, thanks!! We found everything in Tangier to be family friendly and look forward to heading back to see more of Morocco!

  7. Cori says:

    This looks so fun! I’m sure they’ll remember it forever. I’m debating going to Morocco this winter…we’ll see where the flight deals take me.

  8. How cool does this look! I wouldn’t be afraid of being a ‘tourist’ either! I took my kids camel riser years ago when they were around the same age and they lived it. I’ll be in Europe in 2018 and will have to see if we can squeeze Morrocco in.

  9. Janine Good says:

    Camels are amazing. They are such incredible creatures and can do so much. It looks like you had an incredible time on them in Morocco! I had the opportunity to ride them in India and I can imagine how amazing it would be where you were! Sometimes you need to do the touristy things to get the most of a country or experience and I think you and your kids nailed it with this experience! 🙂

  10. Kris says:

    That’s surely a fun activity with the kids! I never knew camels stand on their backs first, haha! Great experience! Too bad we dont have this here in my country, maybe someday I can try this camel riding too. 🙂

  11. I just went horse riding the other day for the first time in years and had forgotten how high and weird it felt on top of a horse – so I can only imagine what kind of feeling it would be on top of a camel! They are such magnificent creatures. Very majestic.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      That reminds me of the scariest thing that ever happened to me! The one and only time I’ve ridden on a horse it took off and went through a tree of low limbs. NOT fun! LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

  12. I would love to ride a camel one day! Great and inspirational post, Natalie!

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