Frequently Asked Questions

Walking a llama is not something you do every day. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask!

Are you a visitor centre?


No. All our Llama treks are pre-booked experiences with at least 48 hours notice. If you are dining with us, please ask the team about seeing them or watching their feeding time – its quite an experience! Keep on eye out on our Facebook page for events during school holidays.

 

What if the weather is bad on the day?


If we have heavy, persistent rain, we postpone the trek. If we have drizzle or showers, we go as scheduled and can always find sheltered routes.  The Surrey Hills has its own micro-climate so we have regularly picnicked in the sunshine watching downpours over the South Downs.

 

How often do llama treks take place?


We operate throughout the year, the different seasons bring new and beautiful sights and wildlife to enjoy. Please contact us at [email protected] to select your preferred date.

 

Is there a minimum age?


The minimum age is 8 years. We do accept babies in backpacks or papoose carriers.

 

What’s the difference between a Llama & an Alpaca?


Llamas are generally about twice the size of Alpacas, Alpaca have short spear-shaped ears while Llamas have much longer, banana-shaped ears. Although a herd animal, Llamas tend to be more independent than Alpacas and are often used as guard animals for other animals such as Alpacas & Sheep.

How many people are there on a trek?


It simply depends on how many book but we limit the maximum number to roughly 16. Sometimes it may be just 2 but we average 8-10.

 

Do we get a llama each?


It is usually one llama between two people.

 

Can you ride llamas?


No, an adult llama is very strong but weight must be hung off his side in packs. Llamas have a very straight and rigid backbone and although people have ridden them in the past, it is now known to damage their backs.

 

What if I can’t make my trek?


Deposits are not refundable but they are transferable. You can simply move your booking to another date or get back to us when convenient.

 

I have a special dietary requirement?


We cater for all diets – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and wheat free. Please notify us in advance for any dietary requirements with regards to the picnic treks as this is prepared in advance.

 

Can we bring treats for the llamas?


Yes, llamas love carrots, apples and Brussels sprouts. We make special treat stops along the way. It’s always a great photo opportunity.

 

Can we bring our dog?


Yes, but we always like to know in advance if you would like to bring your dog on a trek. We are extremely dog friendly at the Merry Harriers and have a pub dog Jake! Equally Llamas are very sociable and friendly towards most dogs but it depends on each dog and their personality. Llamas will not like dogs that run their back legs the bark!