These camels (Dromedaries) have been imported from other places (mainly Senegal) for the tourist industry. For a unique experience, you can hire some camels for a ride along the beach which lasts for half an hour or a full hour and includes a beach barbecue. One place to try is Pepe’s Camel Safari tours in The Gambia, Tanje (Tanji). Each animal carries 2 passengers seated on either side of he camel’s humps. Rides are organised by a Spaniard who is the captain of the Joven Antonio who also happens to breed them locally.
Once at the beach, you will meet your designated camel. An assistant will explain how to mount the animal, then you’re off along the sand for an unusual but unforgettable ride. As you get accustomed to the camel’s rolling gait, you will soon understand why these sometimes bad tempered beasts are often called “the ships of the desert.” Drinks are available at Pepe’s stables before you set off.
You can also choose to go on a Roots boat tour to Juffureh, James Island and Albreda in a boat which is stocked with drinks, food and has a toilet with a shaded canopy.