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“AGAIN I TELL YOU, IT IS EASIER FOR A CAMEL
TO GO THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE
THAN FOR SOMEONE WHO IS RICH
TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD" 
MATTHEW 19:24
 

Ask Gila about Camel Riding in Jerusalem

  • I would like to know about camel riding in Jerusalem, can you help?
    Sara Blum, New York City
The best place to go camel riding in Jerusalem is on the Mount of Olives.  Every morning you can normally find 12-year-old Shushi (and his owner Ali) looking for riders, right next to the panoramic view of the Holy City.  Shushi is in fact, not a camel (which has two humps) but a dromedary with one hump.  All the “camels” in the Holy Land are dromedaries.

Shushi eats like a horse, his favorite foods being bread, grass, oranges and grapefruits.  He’s very quiet, but in springtime he gets ornery for some female company.  He doesn’t spit and even allows you to touch him.  And he has a license from the Jerusalem Municipality to boot.

When Ali wants him to stand up, he pats Shushi on the right leg and whispers “howah.”  Shushi stands up with his back legs first so you are rocked forward. 
Then, as he rises from his front knees, you are rocked backwards.  Hang on tight!
 

Camel riding on the Mount of Olives

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Mounting a grinning Shushi on the Mount of Olives

 
When he wants Shushi to get down, Ali clicks his teeth with a guttural “hee.”

And the price -- $3 to go up – and $5 to get off!!!  (But if you've learned to bargain in the bazaar, you can get the whole deal and a kiss from the camel for only two bucks!)
 

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Mount of Olives Panorama

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Camel riding in the Holy City

 
Try comparing your camel ride with Mark Twain’s.  After his 1867 Holy Land pilgrimage he wrote,
 

“The camel would not turn out for a king. He stalks serenely along, bringing his cushioned stilts forward with the long regular swing of a pendulum and whatever is in the way, must get out of the way peaceably or be wiped out forcibly by the bulky sacks.

I cannot think of anything more certain to make one shudder than to have a soft-footed camel sneak up behind you and touch you on the ear with its soft, flabby underlip.”

And if you or your kids are afraid of heights, then try Suleiman’s white 9-year-old donkey like the three sisters from Chicago did.
 

Donkey-riding on the Mount of Olives

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

Donkey-riding on the Mount of Olives

 

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