You may be forgiven for wondering why the ‘ship of the desert’ is making an appearance in Turkey. Camel riding is becoming more and more popular and an alternative experience to riding horses or ponies. This is a fun and exciting tour that gives you an exotic feel as well as being surrounded by modern history and stunning landscapes.
Whilst camels are not indigenous to Turkey they have been present in the country for thousands of years when they were first used as animals of war. More recently they are used in camel wrestling which is a sport enjoyed in some of the Aegean Resorts. The camels at the centre are much more docile and people friendly than the aforementioned and will provide you with an entertaining ride.
The camels at the centre are Bactrian Camels meaning they have two humps and they are equipped with traditional seating located between the humps which form a natural saddle. They are draped in hand woven rugs giving you a real sense of the desert and those Sahara films that are so popular.
You will ride in a typical caravan formation from Kaya Village through the countryside, passing by old wells, farms and other places of interest. Kaya Village is a village that holds its own wonder as it was completely abandoned by its Greek inhabitants in 1923 and is known locally as ‘Ghost Town’. The houses stand exactly as they were left, weathered only by time as they have not been occupied since.
In 2023, price of Fethiye Camel Riding is 20 € for adults and 20 € for children between age 2 and 12.
Everyday, all year round, anytime in the day. Camel riding in Fethiye lasts 1 hour.
This excursion takes place every day during the summer season and upon request during the quieter winter months. The excursion should last around one and a half hours with hotel transfers.
Your transfer from your accommodation to the start of the trek at Kaya Village is included in the cost of your ticket and pickup and return times will be confirmed according to your location upon making your booking.
Once you arrive at the start point you will be given a brief history of Kaya Village and then shown how to get on and off the camel, with a short time to get to know your steed. Once you have become properly acquainted, you will set of in a caravan across the narrow paths through the countryside. You will be accompanied at all times by a guide and instructor who will be on hand to assist you if necessary as well as answer any questions you may have about the local history and culture.
You will return back to the start after passing many places of interest on your smooth ride through the greenery. Your return transfer vehicle will be waiting to take you back in comfort to your hotel or apartment.
Cost of Camel Riding in Fethiye is 20 € for adults and 20 € for children between age 7 and 12.
Camels can travel up to 40 kilometres per hour but don’t worry as the camels for trekking prefer to set a leisurely pace and will leave you rocking gently as they plod along.
Children under the age of six are not permitted to ride the camels. All ages from 6 and upwards are most welcome to join this excursion.
Unlike some of the European Camel Rides we seat only one person per camel to reduce stress and load.
Camels move forward in a similar way to humans using first one side of their body then the other. So they put both left legs forward and then both right. This is what lead to them being dubbed the ships of the dessert as they sway left to right as they walk, leaving you feeling like you have been on the sea.
You should try to wear long trousers if possible to make you most comfortable on the camel.
Your swimsuit, towel, sunglasses and sun cream first and foremost. Outer clothing should be loose and able to protect you from exposure to the sun if necessary.
Sensible footwear for use around the thermal spa. The sand on the beach can get very hot, you will need footwear.
Some money for drinks and any extras you may wish to purchase throughout the day.
Your camera or mobile phone. This tour has many properties, the extraordinary sightseeing aspect being but one, a camera of your own is practically essential.