Karoo Donkey Sanctuary

Karoo Donkey Sanctuary, Prince Albert: Hours, Address, Karoo Donkey Sanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

Karoo Donkey Sanctuary
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Susan
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Really wonderful experience
Dec 2019
This is clearly a place where the founders' compassion is transformative, not only for the lives of the many animals, but also for us, through allowing us to visit and enjoy connecting with them. That's something we just don't do enough of in life in general, right!? I loved seeing the hairy, animated pigs rolling around, the sweet horses and donkeys, being hugged by a duck... all wonderful. We enjoyed hearing about how the sanctuary was organised and reorganised to accommodate more animals that needed care, and to keep some from sneaking off and mating with others. (Practicalities!) The Karoo was in a drought the year that I was there with my sister, and the Sanctuary went to every length possible to keep the residents comfortable. It's rained since then, happily. This place is love in action. Thank you for your work .(We went in Dec 2018 but there wasn't that option to select. My sister goes every year.)
Written 4 September 2020
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Jack H
Mirfield, UK398 contributions
Really genuine sanctuary
Feb 2020
Not just rescued donkeys but also horses, pigs,goats and ostriches. Some of the animals have been dreadfully mistreated but the staff here have clearly gained their trust and they are happy to interact with visitors. Would suggest that you phone beforehand to get someone to meet you at the gate. They do not make a charge but obviously donations are gratefully accepted

A word of warning - make sure that your feet are well covered as my wife got quite a few horse fly bites.
Should have mentioned Leroy our guide who did an excellent job showing us around.
Written 27 February 2020
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KittyF890
Knysna, South Africa23 contributions
A labour of love
Dec 2019
The love and care which these Donkeys and other equines and animals have found in this sanctuary is a breath of fresh air in a world filled with so much cruelty. This Sanctuary has rescued and cared for so many of these creatures and to walk amongst them and cuddle and interact with them is beautiful. Amazing how even those that have been abused in the past have come to trust again and also so lovely to see foals and babies born into a life of care and protection rather than abuse and cruelty. This Sanctuary deserves support - in visits and financially. Thanks for the "personal" tour and time spent to show me around this special place
Written 8 December 2019
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Jamien S
22 contributions
Not a reflection on the sanctuary, we did not get to see it.
Aug 2019
We stayed in Prince Albert for 2 days, for the explicit reason that we could vissit the sanctuary. I realy, realy wanted to vissit the donkeys. It was my one vacation wish! Went to the tourist info, to make sure we could vissit. The very friendly and helpful woman working at the tourism office gave us a number to call and told us to be at the gate by 10:50. We arrived at 10:45 and I phoned the number immediately, got no answer, waited and phoned again. Again no answer. Looked up the sanctuary on the internet found another number, no answer. I phoned 7 times and got no answer on either number. in the end we left at about 11:10. Later the woman from the sanctuary did phone back and told us that we could return, but she was very curt over the phone and realy did not make us feel welcome to vissit. So in the end we left Prince Albert without seeing a donkey. We might have caught them on a bad day, maybe you will be lucky.
Written 21 August 2019
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KimJ
79 contributions
Brilliant work being done
Jun 2019 • Couples
We arrived just before 11 and promptly at 11am Belinda led a group of us in for a very informative tour. A wonderful opportunity to cuddle donkeys that have all been rescued from cruelty or slaughter.
Other rescues animals on the farm include horses pigs geese cats cows ostriches
All animals are now in incredibly good condition. They rely heavily on donations. And the entrance contributions go towards the costs too.
Great way to educate youngsters too.
Written 29 June 2019
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Helen B
Basel, Switzerland60 contributions
Up close and personal with the donkeys!
Apr 2019 • Couples
An amazing place to visit. You walk through a large field full of rescued donkeys and horses and can pat them to your hearts content (if they are willing of course!). Then there are more enclosures at the back with even more cuddly donkeys and other animals. You are encouraged to give them a good pat! What a fantastic job the staff do to care for all these animals. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. Donations for the visit are put to good use here.
Written 21 May 2019
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reef-bore
northants192 contributions
Over 200 donkeys and more animals
Jan 2019 • Couples
Tours are at 11.00am, turn up at the gates with solid shoes on and a sun hat. The tour lasts about an hour and you will meet the donkeys and see lots of other animals that live in the sanctuary. The guys are doing great work to help these delightful animals and should be supported. It is really interesting.
Written 29 January 2019
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reef-bore
northants192 contributions
260 donkeys and other animals!
Jan 2018 • Couples
You need to ring to arrange an appointment as the gate is closed to prevent animals escaping. (It doesn't take long for someone to come.)People come from all over South Africa just to see these donkeys and it is an amazing facility. Under new more professional management some of the rescue donkeys that are well are being rehomed, males are being castrated and the sick are being treated. We have never seen so many donkeys. There is no entry charge but donations are welcome. There are other animals aswell, but donkeys are the main focus. This place is uplifting. Wear sensible shoes, bring water and cover up - there is not much shade and it gets hot. There are no facilities for humans! Great for adults and children
Written 31 January 2018
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