Passion for Nature
I first met Xenakis in 1998 when he opened the Camel Park, but never really had a chance to talk to him. He’s one of those guys who has a passion for his work. Saying ”he opened the park because he loves, animals and nature” and as we chatted he reminisced how excited he was when he saw Cyprus Camels in his village when he was growing up and wanted to give all kids the chance to get up close, feed them and even ride the Camels …
The Cyprus Camel was everywhere many years ago and somehow just fizzled out, but for the past 22 Years, Xenakis and his family have created this unique and totally wonderful haven for now 70 camels and a few other furry and fluffy and feathery friends like Ostriches, Goats, Deer, Ponies, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Llamas, Turtles, Fish, lots of Birds oh, and the resident Peacock, making this an amazing adventure and an absolutely lovely, completely different, excellent value for money, day out, for all the family … check out their reviews on Facebook
New This Year
They recently introduced a pair of Alpaca, a species of South American camelid, they’re similar to, and occasionally confused with the Llama, but you’ll notice the Alpacas are smaller than Llamas and dead cute …
What I really like about The Camel Park is it’s diversity, as there’s always something new to see every time you go. With such a lot of animals, there’s often a few babies around including iccle Camels, ranging from as little as 2 weeks old … they are just delightful! You can choose to stroll around at your leisure or there are guides who offer information in several languages … check out their videos here …
So much to do
As you walk in you’ll realise its been designed for all the family, with several kids’ play areas, things like the Swings, Bumper Cars, and Noah’s Ark, a 5D Cinema, a mini museum of a traditional Cyprus house of old and even a gorgeous Swimming Pool and Kiddies Pool surrounded by lush lawns and mature trees giving you that oasis feeling and a lovely opportunity to chill, and enjoy lunch or dinner.
In their Cafe and Restaurant, there’s a great selection of spectacular Cypriot dishes, Salads, Pizzas, Wraps, Burgers, Grills, Sea Food, or just an Ice Cream or Teas, Coffees and delicious homemade Desserts and Cakes … oh and an excellent Children’s Menu!
The entrance fee has always been very reasonable and allows you to use all the facilities including the pool in the summer, with the option to pay a little extra to buy food bags to feed the Camels which is so much fun, their expressions and mannerisms are brilliant, or maybe do something you’ve never done before and buy a ticket for the Camel Safari Ride, an experience you’ll never forget!
Xenakis and the awesome crew also welcome birthday parties and special events, again something a little different for your kids, with full catering facilities available.
All in all, this is a fantastic day out with the kids that can cost you as little as the entrance fee … Oh, and don’t forget your camera, a few of the Camels love a selfie 😉
Check out their visitors’ reviews on Trip Advisor …
Adult € 5
Child € 3
Camel Rides Extra
Adult € 5
Child € 5
Open all year
9 am ’til dusk
You’ll find them quite close to the coast, on the Kiti to Mazatos Road, just 15 minutes from Larnaca airport and easily accessible from Larnaca, Limassol, and Nicosia.
Grab the kids, and go and feed the Camels!