The Sanctuary provides permanent refuge and care for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys. We strongly believe that these donkeys deserve to be cared for and that their suffering should be addressed.
The Sanctuary is also committed to preventing cruelty and relieving the suffering of donkeys through educational programmes. Visits by children and adults with special needs are welcomed.
Our motto is: “A culture of caring”.
We seek to create an awareness of kindness and compassion for those living creatures that are weak, humble and viewed as the underdogs of civilization, often deemed to be unworthy of care or attention. Donkeys are used as the medium to create this awareness, and all our actions and educational activities relate to the broader picture of caring not only for donkeys, but all animals, and all living creatures, including humans. Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary strives to be a beacon of hope - hope that more compassion, gentleness and caring will be created in our fragmented society, by caring for the forgotten members of modern life, be they animal or human.
Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary is situated just 5 km outside the village of McGregor on the road to Robertson. Here you will find a tranquil haven, a place of healing for the broken-spirited, both donkey and human. We invite you to relax and enjoy a quiet interlude, go for a stroll on our walks, view our donkeys, do some bird-spotting and absorb the rural surroundings.
Please respect the peacefulness created here. Eseltjiesrus is first and foremost a sanctuary providing a safe home and loving care for rescued, destitute and aged donkeys.
The Sanctuary, Donkey Shop, Book Shop and Restaurant are open Thursdays to Sundays (10am to 4pm). The Restaurant offers light meals and teas and has many vegetarian specialities. There is also a menu just for Kids! In addition you can enjoy one of our special wines with your meal or take home some wine to enjoy later or as a gift for someone.
On arrival please call at the Visitors’ Centre and speak to our friendly Guides.
Bookings for groups are essential.
Telephone: 023 625 1593
Do come and visit - we look forward to meeting you!