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Camargue Nature Park
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Small-Group Guided Day-Trip to the Camargue from Avignon
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Private Provence Tour: la Camargue, Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and...
Ranked #3 of 74 things to do in Arles
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Took a horseback ride through the Camargue.....BEAUTIFU!!!! You'll ride on the beach on the Camargue horses and see the flamingos. Tre bien!!

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Reviewed August 12, 2012

All kinds of birds, espically Flamigos. Be sure and stay till late afternoon when the most Flamigos fly in.

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Reviewed July 25, 2012

A Safari 4 X 4 afternoon trip to the Camarge. Consider the vehicle: the key is location, location, location. The passenger seat is the winner: not only are you protected from the sun and wind, but he actually has air conditioning . Remember that he will be driving fast, the roads are dusty, the sun is relentless, and the temperature is likely in the 90's in the summer. The bench of seats for 2-3 just behind the driver are good too, although he will likely have the canvas top of the jeep rolled back enough to partially expose the heads of those sitting there. In the back are the losers: You are sitting on what appears to be a length of linoleum counter top (read: hard) leaning against the same. You are strapped in – all 4 of you – with little to hold on to on what can be a fast and very bumpy ride, with the roof rolled up so that you are fully exposed to the elements. The windows are at a level that makes viewing difficult, and when we popped our heads above to see better when he stopped, he thought nothing of taking off with us in the lurch. He would also stop the vehicle unpredictably to tell us information, but it rarely occurred to him to stop in the shade, so we wilted in the heat.
After all this complaining (I was one of 4 in the back) this was a trip I'm strangely glad I took if only because it was an adventure of sorts and I had never been to the Camarge, the delta that extends from Arles to the Mediterranean and is home to flamingo, the Camarge bull, the white Camargue horse, orchards of apple trees, fields of potatoes and a seaside of tourists and gypsies.

Our guide, however, was a disappointment. His personal interest in bullfighting was overwhemling – and to clients who were more interested in sparing the bull, a bit disturbing. He had a personal interest in the middle east because of his own travels, and chattered on endlessly about that. He ended too many explanations with “Blah, blah, blah” which seemed a reflection of his own experience of the tour.
The scenery was actually very interesting, though the flamingos were so far from shore they were pale pink dots on the horizon (other friends who took the tour on another day were able to see them closely, a highlight of their trip, a loss on ours) as they filtered the delta silt for food. Our guide said that global warming had forced the water, and the bird, farther from shore.
Our jeep stopped in St. Marie sur Mer, a small town with access to the beach and hundreds of tourist shops (though they had some cute clothes!), and the Church with the famous black madonna (actually many European towns boast a black madonna!) whose dark color is a result, it was explained, by the sins of others that she has taken on. This one, in all candor, was wearing a rhinestone tiara and a mardis gras- like gown that made her look like a large and ridiculous doll. The cathedral itself was beautiful (mind your head emerging from the Madonna's crypt – several noggins cracked) and outside it were gypsies who tried to sell us charms (and we were warned about their cleverness, that they could slash off necklaces, camera bags, purses...)
I wouldn't do it again without positioning myself better in the car, perhaps planning it for a cooler morning rather than the afternoon.

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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Very nice place, however шанщг want to see on horses and bulls it's better to go there at the end of the summer when the temprature is not so high as in July:)Relaxing place..highly recommend to rent a horses for ridding tour around the part of park.

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Reviewed July 22, 2012

If you are expecting wild horses and lush greenery, think again. Much of what you see is privately owned.

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