Jeep Safari Gran Canaria is a ride in which you hire a jeep and go on a ride in different terrains of a specific place. These rides are mainly conducted by experienced and trainer drivers. They take set number of people and take them for a wild ride in which people see different wildlife, terrains, landscapes and spots of a specific place. Following are the two types of most famous Jeep Safari Gran Canaria tours offered by Gran Canaria Excursions.
1. Jeep Safari Tour – This tour is available from 9am to 4pm, but during the warmer days of July and August, you can also go on an evening excursion from 3:30pm to 9:30pm. Maximum of 8 people can be accommodated in one jeep. Pickups from Playa del Ingles, Bahia Feliz, Mogan, San Augustin, Puerto Rico and Taurito are already there but if you want a pick up to be arranged from another place, you can get it done by paying a little extra amount. The excursion starts from Playa del Ingles. From there, it follows the bay road and enters into the mountains where the riders will go through the green valleys covered with numerous tropical plantations. Then, you move through Presa de las Niñas where you can see various volcanic structures with spectacular views. After that, you stop at a bar and can have breakfast for yourself, the price of which is not included within the package. Here, you can also enjoy the famous watermelon juice and characteristic bread of the island. Then the Jeep Safari Gran Canaria will continue through the pine woods and head towards San Bartolomé de Tirajana where you can enjoy your lunch, the price of which is included within the package. After that you go to Fataga. On your way back, you come through the ground roads where you can see the protected areas and most beautiful spaces of the island. You can stop to click some photographs too!
2. Jeep Safari + Camel Ride – The timings of this tour vary from anywhere between 7 and 8 hours. In this particular tour, you start from Playa del Ingles and take a detour to Arguineguin. Then again you are headed towards the first stop where you can have your breakfast and enjoy local watermelon juice and bread. After that you are headed towards San Bartolomé de Tirajana where you can enjoy your lunch. Then the Jeep Safari Gran Canaria heads towards Camel Park at Arteara where you can enjoy camel rides. On your way back, you we will return to Playa del Inglés, passing through Barranco de Fataga.
Riding a camel is a grueling activity done solely for a moment’s exhilaration. While you will, without a doubt, be uncomfortable at first, riding a camel is not a difficult skill to pick up. But there are really a lot of things that you may need to put into practice before to experience a thrilling and unforgettable camel ride in Gran Canria. Here’s the list:
What to wear?
Camels have an odd, side-to-side gait that causes a lot of friction if you aren’t prepared. So what type of clothes are best for a camel ride, It depends on the season, but generally you want:
Light, comfortable cotton shirts or long-sleeves with loose fitting. Cuffs on pants and shirts.
Dependent on the weather your camel man should dress you with a turban for sun/sand protection. Wear sunscreen and take sunglasses.
Legs completely covered
Flip flops/open toe sandals/trainers/light closed toe footwear that won’t fall off.
How long to trek for?
If you’re planning a longer trek, take a break after say 1 1/2hrs, if you don’t this may lead to heavy pain in thigh muscles for the next few days. Also, limit the total amount of trekking each day to around 3hrs to avoid pain in your tailbone.
Who are you trekking with?
Trekking alone or with only your fellow travelers for a company is what you experience the best or the worst during your camel ride. But If you’d prefer to make your excursion a bit special then make it clear to your camel trek provider when booking and let them know your expectations in advance.
Don’t forget the aspirin
While half an hour on a camel won’t do any lasting damage. But the contorted stance they force may cause some minor discomfort- especially to your hip joints or knees are weak or prone to injury resulting ride for more than 30 minutes. But it’s not unusual to have aches inside the thighs during the hike or at the end of the ride. A cream or a painkiller can be useful.
Are you sitting comfortably or will you fall off?
If you don’t feel comfortable, your camel could feel it and it could make it nervous. So be confident and show it to your animal by holding the reins; this will calm it. Properly sit, you will also avoid to fall.
Bring a camera but make sure it’s tethered
You’re on a camel so of course, you want pictures. Camels are tall creatures, and any fall will be a long one. So make sure you’ve got tied your camera properly to you while traveling on a camel’s back.
Right ! Now you’re ready to fully enjoy your camel trek and to admire Gran Canaria’s golden sand dunes!