Uluru Camel Tours

Uluru Camel Farm

Well after we had been out most of the day walking, I decided that we needed to go visit the camel farm, so I could get a few shots of the camels getting ready to take tours.

This midday visit to Uluru Camel Farm was well worth it, just to see the baby camel and spend the $2 on feeding Lucy the emu. I have never seen my mother laugh so hard and it was very contagious. We all got the giggles once Lucy started striking the little bag of food and swinging her head back to get the pellets down the back of her throat.

Lucy the Emu

 

We walked around some of the camel pens but weren’t sure if we could pat the camels or not. Since I’m scared of horses and these fine animals looked double their size, with a much longer reach, I kept my hands well and truly on this side of the fence.

Each camel’s bottom lip seemed to have a mind all of its own, just hanging there with a slight wobble. Which reminded me when you visit the dentist after a few injections and you have no control of your bottom lip, it just quivers and you start drooling.

There was one camel who, each time I pointed the video camera in her direction, I swear she pursed her lips.


So I got my shots of the camels getting their blankets and saddles ready for the 2:30 camel express ride. They all seemed very calm, relaxed and well looked after. They just sat there waiting for their next tour of the day.

This is the video of my family feeding Lucy the emu.


Uluru Camel Tour

This is the one thing that has been on my bucket list for ages, ever since reading Tracks by Robyn Davidson, about a lady that travels solo across 1700 miles of hostile Australian desert with her camels.

We got a free courtesy bus to the camel farm and had to fill in the normal forms just in case you fall off the camel or get eaten by one. I’m not sure if it will hold up because I couldn’t recognise my signature, as I was trying to sign the waver form while bouncing along the dirt road in back seat of the mini bus.

We were soon getting off the bus and into the yard where the camels were waiting for us. They all looked very calm; ours looked so calm it was asleep. Except one at the end that groaned and made a dreadful sound like it wanted to kill someone, I’m sure glad that wasn’t my ride.


Anyway, the cameleers demonstrated the correct way to mount your camel. I prefer climb aboard, just saying…

So in turn we all climbed aboard our camels remembering to lean as far back as possible without looking a complete fool. Then you’re launched into the air, which takes you by surprise, and you’re trying not to hit the person in front of you.

I must say I felt very high off the ground and was a little worried at first, but the camels seemed so much calmer than horses and I felt totally safe. Although the camel behind me kept nudging my leg, I tried to give him a pat, but he was having none of that and probably had a bag over his head for a good reason. So I kept my hands to myself and he did his best to keep his head off my leg.

It was fantastic on the back of the camel, as they were all walking single file heading towards Uluru in the distance. The sun was slowly setting and casting these elongated shadows of the camels, making their legs look like a troop of tripods from War of the Worlds.


As we traveled along the trail you could see all sorts of tracks from lizards and birds. We managed to see a sand monitor sunning itself in the last few minutes of the setting sun. I thought I would see a lot more wildlife, but maybe the majority was nocturnal or just scared of 20 camels walking in a line, who knows what lizards think.

So over a hill we went and stopped for photos. One of the camel guides took photos of us with Uluru in the background using our own cameras, which was excellent because you didn’t have to buy a stack of so called professional photos at the end of the trip.

Family photo – Ayshea, Chris, Brian, Dawn

 

Once the sun went down, and a slight breeze came, it stared to get cold very quickly and I’m glad I brought my jumper. I think we were on the camels another 30 minutes before we got back to the camel farm.

Once back we could pat our camels, then it was inside to have a few glasses of sparkling wine or beers, beer baked damper with oil, Dukkah chips and dips.

I had a few glasses of sparkling wine and half a loaf of damper, then proceeded to buy any book with a camel on it.

I must say that I would highly recommend Uluru Camel Tours. They seem to have won lots of tourism awards to back up my recommendation. If you want a camel ride there isn’t anyone else anyway.

Enjoy my video of our camel tour.

Proof read by my good, amazing, awesome friend Rachel, because I suck balls at writing.

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