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Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary (NPO 056-575 | PBO 930028734) is situated 4kms before the village of McGregor, on the edge of the Klein Karoo.

We provide a permanent home and loving care to destitute, rescued donkeys. Our team assists with the rehabilitation of donkeys and we are involved in the training and support of donkey welfare practitioners. Come and learn about these humble and gentle creatures.

Thursdays to Sundays we (and our tribe) welcome visitors where you can interact with the donkeys with our visitor guides; browse the donkey and book shop; enjoy a light meal in the Coffee Shop; buy some Eseltjiesrus wine or beer; visit the Heritage display of donkey-related farm implements; meander along Adam’s walk and visit our Memorial Cairns to remember a loved one.

We cater for most special dietary needs and are licensed to sell our Eseltjiesrus wine and beer.
Eseltjiesrus is open Thursdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm. Groups of more than six, please call in advance. Entrance is by voluntary donation.

  • Max capacity: Coffee shop and garden = 40. Sanctuary = 100.
  • Pet friendly: Yes, dogs on leads please.
  • Child friendly/children’s activities: Yes, donkey interactions – with adult supervision.
  • Wheelchair friendly/cater for disabled: Yes, fully compliant.
  • Standing special offers: Coffee Shop and book sale specials. Donkey visits are free.
  • Meal options: Drinks, refreshments, light meals, vegetarian and vegan can be catered for, as well as special dietary requirements. Best milkshakes in town. Wine and beer license.


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Opening Hours

  • MondayClosed
  • TuesdayClosed
  • WednesdayClosed
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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