If You Knew Hee-Haw About Traveling With Donkeys, Now You Do.

During the festive period, we relate to the Christmas biblical story of Mary and Joseph on there travels with a donkey to Bethlehem and how they were kindly given a stable to rest. Donkeys originated in Africa and Egypt over 6,000 years ago. Breed primarily for meat and milk. Did you know there were two species of the African ass? These were the Nubian wild ass and the Somali wild ass. Today you can still find wild donkeys in the deserts of Northern Africa from Morocco to Somalia. Here's more about the Jackass, Mules and Burros.


Grey donkeys in a small village, Peru
Donkeys In Peru ©MDHarding

If You Knew Hee-Haw About Traveling With Donkeys, Now You Do.


I have brilliant memories of going along the beaches in the UK on ponies and donkeys, gosh that wasn't yesterday!

Then in my early twenties, I visited the island of Antiparos, in Greece where after getting off the boat I took a donkey up the 200-metre elevation to the entrance of the cave. It was a really hot day in the middle of summer, the sun was beating down with nowhere to escape it's blinding rays. I felt bad for the poor donkey having to carry me in that exhaustive heat. Today, you can drive up the new access road or perhaps you would like to visit one of the smaller neighbouring islands such as Notos. Where donkeys are still the main form of transportation.


Do you have fond memories of donkeys?