How many means of transport have you used in your life? Car, bicycle, train, plane, ... Have you ever ridden a camel? You should benefit from one of the few occasions you have the opportunity to get on one of these magnificent and peaceful animals in Europe.
Camel Park was the first camel breeding center of the island of Tenerife. It has opened in 1988 and has since expanded the number of farm animal housed there, such as: sheep, goats, roosters, chickens, rabbits, donkeys ... and obviously camels.
Prices might vary according to the duration of the ride and if you include Canarian snacks or meal. But in general, those are the prices you can find at the Camel Park:
The opening hours of the park are from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs all-year long.
When we entered the area where Camel Park is located it seemed that we have changed our vacation destination... an arid area, not one person around, stone buildings, and a white gate welcoming you for a moment of fun and peace. We parked the car and walked towards the main house where a nice host kindly told us that we could move to the chill-out area where under a pergola we could cover ourselves from the sun and where they hold all kinds of events once in a while. There we could see already some customers waiting for their turn to ride a Camel.
With a small child – like in our case – you can hardly think of relaxing; so following his footsteps we got to the area where all animals were. At this point, we can guarantee that the park is indeed a unique experience, especially for children. Not just the camel ride is interesting, but the contact with young animals in the farm. Our son (who was almost three years when we visited the Camel Park) spent his best day of vacation there... he could feed the goats and sheep, grabbed the hose so to water the trees, had fun with one of the donkeys, ran behind the chickens, could caress and kiss a small chick, stroked the head of a camel, and even tried to get into the corral of hens... best time of his vacation indeed J
As soon as we could talk to Samantha (owner of the park), she invited us to experience one of the oldest means of transport that can be enjoyed even today in few places on the planet.
Dani, a charismatic guide of the Camel Park, with over 15 years of experience, was in charge of helping Fábio and Noah up on the camel. There is a stage area over which you can reach the back of the camel, so it is really very safe and not complicated, even for children. He delighted us during the tour with his stories, and knowledge of the place and his pets that are in the park.
In the vast area occupied by the Camel Park there is a protected area where you can take the ride with the camel with lots of native vegetation. The fact that camels roam this great extension helps to conserve the area.
As opposed as we were thinking, camels cannot eat anything they find on the way, including the vegetation. Then, in one of the moments the first camel stopped on the way to eat some leaves from a tree. Dani told us that the leaves of that tree are like a treat for the camels – like sweets for children. So as soon as he could “convince” the camel not to eat the leaves, we continue with the walk. Eating anything other than what they have for their proper nutrition, can seriously affect the health of the camels, so at Camel Park they are very strict in this sense.
Dani has also explained that camels almost came to disappear from the typical image of the islands, to be replaced by mechanical means of transport (since, in the past, camels were an important mean for transportation and work in the field). Thanks to tourism, they can still be seen in Tenerife.
That was a very nice walk that ended in the area where the camels normally rest. It is certainly a unique activity for both children and adults.
In addition, at Camel Park you can get to know the operations of the park from within. They have special prices for schools, so children can experience how the life of the animals of the farm is, and learn a different lifestyle from the one they are familiar with in the city.
Another advantage is that at the park you can hold different types of events. There they have celebrated weddings, children's birthday parties (including food, spend the day at the farm with the animals and a camel ride), etc. On top of that, the area of the park and their animals have been repeatedly part of advertising campaigns.
Pretty soon they will also open to the public a typical cottage (casa rural) that is located opposite the Chill-Out area. The main house has two areas with separate doors; in one of them you will find the relaxation area with sofa and TV that connects to the kitchen. The other door gives you access to a bright and spacious bedroom with space for two double beds, television, and other appliances.
When coming from the South Airport Reina Sofia you have to take the motorway at exit 72 towards Chayofa and take Carretera General till where there is petrol station shortly before reaching La Camella. There is a large parking space, where you can leave safely leave your car.
Camel Park - Carretera General S/N. 38627 La Camella - Los Cristianos, Tenerife
We have really enjoyed to have spent the morning at Camel Park, and even though it was not in our plans to take our son – since we needed to take pictures and make the interview – this small detail was crucial to explore the potential that this singular and discreet park could offer to families with children curious to play and learn from nature and animals.
We are not sure we will have the chance to see many camels in our lives again, let alone to ride them… therefore, why lose this opportunity having them so close, in addition to visiting in a peculiar way a protected area in the south of Tenerife.