Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary

Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary is situated 4 kms outside the village of McGregor on the road between Robertson and McGregor on the edge of the Klein Karoo. The Sanctuary’s mission is to promote the welfare and status of all donkeys through a culture of caring. This is achieved by providing permanent refuge and care for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys in the Western Cape, by raising the status of donkeys so that they can be seen as worthy creatures with special qualities, and by promoting a culture of caring that extends from donkeys to all other animals as well as human beings. To make our work possible we need your support.

Latest news:

Our dream of owning our own land was realized in 2014 with the purchase of a 9-hectare property. This we did with the help of a bank mortgage loan and generous support. We now face the exciting challenge of raising funds to customize and build a permanent home for the donkeys. There is still a lot to do - since 2014 we have developed six paddocks, a Visitors’ Centre, the Donkey Shop and our own restaurant. We used our reserves to pay the deposit and begin the infrastructure work. We have already had several offers of interest-free loans and we want to ask you to consider some of the ways you can help us to create the best facilities for the Sanctuary. There is still lots to do - currently we are wanting to build a feed store as well as additional storage places and then we need to tackle the move to solar power. Our ultimate aim is around 40 donkeys in about 7 or 8 paddocks each with their own shelter and feed area.

Ways to help us:

  • Make a donation towards our work and/or the cost of developing the new farm
  • Make an interest-free loan to the Sanctuary for a one to five-year period.
  • Leave a bequest to Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary for the long-term stability and further development of the farm.
  • Talk to friends and colleagues and let us know of anyone who would be interested in being part of this remarkable phase in the growth of Eseltjiesrus.
  • Adopt a donkey - see our website for details (
  • Join the MyPlanet initiative - where every rand you spend provides us with an income (see website for details)

We invite you to be part of the future development and long-term sustainability of Eseltjiesrus!

When you donate through GivenGain please indicate in the first message field how you would like your donation to be spent - for example: donkey care; development of the donkey's home; outreach work to other donkeys in the Western Cape; contribution to the cost of purchasing the farm; or a contribution to our educational work with school children.

Thank you!



3 Fundraiser projects


  1. Bonnie du Plessis

    4 March

  2. Gina Alderson

    3 May 2018

  3. Jean King

    16 April 2018

26 Donations

Fundraiser projects

3 Fundraiser projects

I am raising funds for Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary

By Donations for Farm Project

Hi! I need your help. Neal Stacey is taking part in Sanlam Cape Town Marathon / Peace Run 2019 to...

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Donkeys' permanent home

By Tony Saddington

In November 2013 the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary moves to the donkeys' permanent home - help me...

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Eseltjiesrus' donkeys new home

By Tony Saddington

In November 2013 the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary donkeys will move to their permanent home. My ...

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