Loading trek gear
Preparing to load camel trek gear at beginning of day
Loading the camels at the beginning of the day is the staff's favourite
time with the camels.
It isn't always easy, particularly when the weather is windy and
cold or the ants are plentiful, but loading the camels provides
the most amount of contact you'll have with the animals.
The trek gear is laid out beside each of the saddles and the camels
are brought in (by you) from their morning browsing session. Full
of food and content in the morning sun, the camels are sat down
beside their respective saddles where they wait patiently for their
turn to be loaded. They like the sun in their face and the wind
blowing from behind.
The camels are quite used to the daily routine which never really
changes and they sit down patiently, chewing their cud and lavish
in the rubbing and jostling as their saddle and trek gear is loaded.
The more experienced camels love the physical contact.
When it is all over they wait patiently for the instruction to
rise (UP UP UP UP!!) and begin their day's work.
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All loaded (bar one) and ready to set out for the first day (Photo
- Tony Sheffield 2006).