Camels are considered “ships” of the desert; they don’t sink in the deep red sand, they float across it carrying their riders safely over the dunes. Camel riding is the traditional Bedouin way to move around in the desert. It is a very quiet and leisurely way for you to discover Wadi Rum. You will feel like you have been transported back in time.
The trip with your Bedouin guide can be arranged to fit your schedule; from one hour up to four or five days including jeep assistance if needed.
Camels are animals made for the desert. They are a staple food for the Bedouins. Camel milk contains more fat and protein than cow milk. Bedouins believe that camel milk has medicinal properties if the camel’s diet consists of certain plants.
Some Bedouins in Wadi Rum still own camels and herd them in the desert. Camels are often referred to as ‘desert ships’ and everyone knows that they can survive for a long time without water. However, unlike the popular belief, camels do not store water in their hump, which is used instead for storing fatty tissue which they turn into energy when needed. Their amazing water retaining ability is due to their oval-shaped red blood cells which lower osmosis activities and their special kidneys and intestines. Even their nostrils are shaped to trap water moisture.
Did you know camels only start sweating when temperature is higher than 41C (106F)?