camels (actually 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.
place to try is Pepe's Camel Safari
in 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
youíre off along the sand for an unusual but unforgettable
ride. As you get accustomed to the camelís 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
You can also choose to go on a Roots boat tour to Juffureh,
Island and Albreda in a boat which is stocked with
drinks, food and has a toilet with a shaded canopy.
Take a bush taxi
from the garage in Serrekunda;
which will take you south along the coastal road. Look
for the sign on your left immediately after you cross
the bridge into Tanje.
Not recommended for visitors with neck or back ailments,
or for expectant mothers. Children under 8 years are
Tanji Camel Safaris
Tel no: +220 9911692
Trips available on a 1/2 or 1 hour basis.