I never imagined that I would be giving camel riding tips anytime soon, but after my trip to Egypt, I realized that it’s not as easy as it looks.  Yes, once your on the camel, it’s generally smooth sailing, but getting on and off can prove quite challenging.

Approach your Camel with Caution: Although camels are relatively passive animals who lounge around in between toting tourists around the Pyramids of Giza, that doesn’t mean your should get too close. Don’t approach your assigned camel until your guide says he’s ready to help you board. The last thing you want is an angry camel who bestows a spit welcome all over your outfit.

Listen to your Guide: In the wise words of Ludacris, “lean back.” Hopping on a camel when they are sitting on the ground is easy, but if you don’t hold on and lean back when the hind legs suddenly pop up, you could easily lose your balance and fall.  Similarly, you need to lean forward when the two front legs go up. I took years of horseback riding lessons and I had to really grip my handle to stay balanced.

Remain Calm: I realize that this is easier said than done. On the off-chance that your camel picks up the pace or ignores your guide, don’t stress. Take firmer grip of your handle and just as in horseback riding, use your legs to press against the camel’s body.  If nothing else, you will get an extensive inner thigh workout. The worst thing that can happen is that you fall, and luckily the sand will help break your fall.

Functional Undergarments: I highly suggest women who are the least bit busty to wear a sports bra. Camels walk pretty slow, but you want to feel comfortable just in case. Men, consider the comfort of the saddle.

Enjoy the View: It’s not everyday that you can ride a camel as you overlook the Pyramids, so enjoy the view and take lots of pictures.

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