The camel trek at Prospect Plantation in St. Mary has got to be Jamaica’s most unlikely activities. Apparently the British brought camels to Jamaica in the 18th century to work the sugar plantations. But they swiftly died out due to overwork and improper care. Prospect’s gentle dromedaries, which are imported from the U.S., perform far less rigorous work, transporting people on leisurely rides through the working estate.
Its exhilerating . To think that you are in the Caribbean bundled with sun, sand and sea and now you can cater to your exotic fantasy of a Camel ride makes your vacation euphoric. Only offered at Prospect, the camel ride takes visitors across the lush landscape dressed with myriad of fruit trees and undulating small hills.
My ride on a camel was tricky at best and frightening at worse. The hump is not a comfortable place to sit, especially for a Western gentleman not dressed for the ride. The rise of the camel rocked you like an earthquake under your feet, forcing you to hold tight to prevent a fall. And when the camel is upright on all fours, the sight below is similar to looking down the Eifel or the Emprie State. But hanging on to dear life was not an option for me. It was necessary, it was my security, it was my reassurance of an unexpected experience for a boy from Jamaica. And the Sahara was a welcoming reminder that if I fall, it would be pure cushion. I will never forget that experience.
Take that experience to an island in the Caribbean.
Jamaica is full of the unexpected and the essence of a great vacation is to experience the unexpected. The Prospect camel ride is one such thrill every curious visitor should not only seek, but ensure that on their bucket list they can mark off under Jamaica – had a thrilling walk up the Falls, amazing Negril sunset, delicious jerk and thirst quenching Red Stripe and oh yes a camel ride in the hills of St. Ann and What a ride that was !