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Half-Day Animal Sanctuary Tour in Aruba

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Oranjestad, Caribbean
Half-Day Animal Sanctuary Tour in Aruba

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Interact with ostriches, donkeys, and other animals on this half-day animal sanctuary tour. Depart from your hotel in an air-conditioned coach and travel to the  Aruba Ostrich Farm. Accompanied by a guide, learn about the local ostriches and emus. Continue to the Donkey Sanctuary and Philip’s Animal Garden, which cares for exotic animals.
  • Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned coach
  • Learn about the animals from your guide
  • Enjoy hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Interact with ostriches, emus, donkeys, and more
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Local taxes
Bottled water
Professional guide
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from all hotels and cruise ships.


  • Oranjestad

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY El Tours and Transfers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Animal Sanctuary Tour in Aruba?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Animal Sanctuary Tour in Aruba?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Animal Sanctuary Tour in Aruba?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Animal Sanctuary Tour in Aruba?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Animal Sanctuary Tour in Aruba.
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Animal Sanctuary Tour in Aruba?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Watch out for the camels - one took the whole bag!" See review
  • "Be careful , don’t get too close to the camels!" See review


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Meh… 2/3 stops were worthwhile but would visit on your own
, Jul 2021
The donkey sanctuary and ostrich farm were nice to see. But you could rent a car and do your own drive out there for cheaper while also removing the waste of time of stopping at a ton of hotels before and after the tours. Aruba doesn’t require masks anymore so you hope the strangers you’re with from all different countries got vaccinated. The last stop on this tour is to a depressing zoo that doesn’t take care of its animals. It was really a sad way to wrap up the afternoon.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Experience and A LOT of Animals
, Jun 2021
This was a great excursion. There are 3 places you go and they give you a lot of time to interact with the animals at each location. Make sure to bring cash to potentially buy souvenirs, food/drinks, or extra food to feed the animals. Also make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Our tour guide was very helpful and patient with us when arriving and leaving each facility - Highly recommend :)
1 traveler found this review helpful
For something different in Aruba, you won't regret this.
, May 2021
This is the second time we've taken this tour, but we took our adult children this time. We all enjoyed the tour. They pick you up at your hotel, or location, and take you to 3 different locations. It's a little different than the usual Aruba activities, and we find it to be delightful. Feeding the donkeys is more fun than you'd think. The ostrich tour is fun, and you get to feed the ostriches. And, the Phillips Animal Park has so many cute animals (I love the goat pen!). It really is a bargain.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Good trip to relax and enjoy the animals.
, May 2021
Phillips animal garden. The donkeys were cool. They were pretty friendly and we were able to feed them a snack.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Animal lovers, this is for you!!!
, Mar 2021
This was one of the best tours, loved feeding & brushing the donkeys, then going to see & feed ostriches & emus and finishing off with a trip to the “zoo” where we fed more animals!! If you are an animal lover you will love this tour!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Aruba animal experience!
, Mar 2021
Really nice experience for the local animals! Loved feeding the ostrich! Nano was our tour guide - super chill and friendly fella. Excellent guide! had a GREAT time! highly recommend especially if you like feeding the animals!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best EXCURSION ever! If you like animals, this is for you!
, Jan 2021
This was one of the best excursions I’ve EVER been on! If you like animals, this is the excursion for you. Request Nano! The experience was a blast, but he made it so much better. I don’t know if it would’ve been as fun with anyone else. If it’s your first time in Aruba, do this first thing. Nano gave me a tour and Aruba information on the way to each location. It was like a tour on top of the excursion. Thank you Nano for a great day! I don’t think anyone else could top that experience.
Great experience with Nano
, Jan 2021
I definitely recommend this tour, it was very memorable! It was also a great way to explore the island. It was special to able to feed the donkeys and ostriches and learn more about them. We also were able to go to an "animal garden" where we fed more animals (horses, goats, and more). Nano was a great tour guide at El Tours.
A fun animal experience
, Jan 2021
We had a great time. Water was provided which was a plus! I never thought I would be feeding a Camel in Aruba, but hey! There’s always a first
1 traveler found this review helpful
Nice time to see some Island animal life!1
, Dec 2020
This half-day tour by El Tours took us to three animal facilities, beginning with the Donkey Sanctuary that provides a safe and secure habitat for the few donkeys remaining on Aruba. The staff greets you with a short talk about the history of donkeys on Aruba and their work to create a nice place for them to live. There are plans underway to bring more donkeys from other nearby island to enhance the genetic diversity and to improve the health and survivability of the donkey population. It was nice to see how well they care for these animals. The second facility on the tour was to an ostrich and emu ranch, where you can hand-feed – and even pet ostriches. The people there are also as interesting and caring as at the donkey sanctuary and work to keep the birds healthy and happy. They do breed the birds, who provide both fertile and infertile eggs, the latter of which are used in the kitchen to make lunches for the visitors. I wish I had known in advance that you can enjoy a nice ostrich-egg omelet there, but you have to order it a day in advance because of the time it takes to prepare one. I think that I will certainly do so the next time I visit Aruba. The final stop on this tour was to a small zoo for small animals, birds, and reptiles. We were given small bags of feed when we arrived and were urged to feed “the four-legged animals”. Other wildlife there have special dietary needs, so we only observed them. Some of the more interesting (from my perspective) occupants were the Shetland ponies and the African parrots, all of which seemed quite content. They also have a white python that looked to be a couple dozen feet long!! This was a nice tour with multiple interesting sites and some variety. I would plan to do this one again, especially to revisit the donkey sanctuary once they have acquired new animals for the herd.

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