Camels, Baboons, and Dirt Bikes

Last Saturday, I went to one of the coldest places in Saudi Arabia, Taif with my family and friends.  I’ve been there before, and I have always been so hesitant to come back because the narrow zig zag road going up the mountain can be pretty dangerous. Thank God, it’s better now. Safer, I can say. The whole day was an Arabian adventure!

Road to Taif

Taif,  according to Wikipedia:

Each summer the Saudi government and royal family move from the heat of Riyadh to Ta’if, the unofficial summer capital. The city is the centre of an agricultural area known for its grapes, pomegranate, figs, roses and honey.

The picture below is the view from the top. If you look closer, you’ll see that there’s a community down there, and even up from where I was taking the shot.  Now, this looks like we’re in Saudi. In Jeddah, we have malls, lights, and restaurants. It doesn’t really look like a desert. More like a dessert for foreigners. =)

If I’m not mistaken, these species are called baboons. They are just along the zig zag road going to Taif. They can also be seen roaming around the stony mountains and stay in areas where few people are. You can feed them, but you have to be very careful because there were incidents that they’ve snatched some items, so better stay far and close your car windows.

Photo by Joey Amodia

Dirt bikes and camel rides.

Though the whole place looks great and really fun, I feel sad for the horses.

There’s an area in Taif where donkeys, camels, horses, and dirt bikes can be rented for 10 riyals. I’m not sure for the dirt bike. This is my first time in this part of Taif. I’m not sure if it’s a recently opened attraction.


I borrowed my friend’s photo of the camels because it just looks awesome. haha It’s as if he went to another place. I didn’t see this one on our trip! haha

Photo credit: Joey A.

Cable cars. This one is located at the back side of Ramada, Al Hada hotel. In other places, the cable car is mostly for tourist amusement. In Taif, it is a means of transportation for the locals living there. The cable car goes from top of the mountain to the foot of the mountain or vice versa. So, instead of using your car to go down, just pay a one-way ticket in the cable car.

cable cars
Photo credit: Joey A.

Herds of sheep. You can also see them just in the road or the mountains of taif. =)

Photo credit: Joey Amodia

Going home. These are the lights going down the zig zag road.


It was an awesome day indeed. This Arabian adventure took me from the valleys to the mountains, where I stood in awe and marvelled at God’s breath-taking creation.

Watch the video of our Trip to Taif on Youtube: =)

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