Although not native to southern Africa, camels were brought into the Northern Cape to be used by the police ‘mounties’ to patrol the greater Kalahari area before the days of 4x4s. The statue The Camel and Rider, in front of the police station in Upington, honours the those who patrolled the harsh desert territory on camelback.
Today, rather than being used to scout the area, you can find these tall gangly creatures with large lips and even larger humps being used for joy rides. You can find these Dromedary camels at Koppieskraal Guest Farm. From half-day trips or overnight rides, where riders spend the night at the ‘Lost City’ to camel endurance rides of up to 101km!