My guide told me that the King of Bahrain (actually Sheikh Mohammed) wanted camels, and decided to open up this Royal Camel Farm to the public. I’d never seen so many camels!
Bahrain consists of mostly desert, making it the ideal habitat for camels
Despite being called a camel farm, the camels here are not for eating. Sheikh Mohammed set up the farm to preserve the presence of the camel in Bahrain which, before the advent of the motor vehicle was the Bahraini’s foremost mode of transport. Indeed, the Arabian Peninsula has a huge cultural connection with the camel, and for the Bedouins of the past, the camel was revered as a sacred symbol of life amid the inhospitable desert. -Time Out Bahrain
I mostly just observed and took photos, but camel rides around the farm can be arranged. You can also play with them, feed them, watch them, or take photos with them. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s also the occasional sale of camel milk.
Note, the post is called “500 Camels” because that’s what my guide/driver called it, but it looked more like 150 or so. Either way it’s a lot of camels, and waaaaay more than I had ever seen.
Where: Junaibiya Highway in Al Janabiya (near Manama), Bahrain
Hours: open to the public every day.
This wasn’t even on my list of things to visit in Bahrain, but ended up being a highlight! I trusted my driver a bit more to improvise from my prepared list, but that trust was short-lived. The next place he showed me was… the Bahrain King’s Parking Lot. I’m serious. I tell the quick story here.