Regular Events

boof fair


Each year at the end of May we hold a 3-day Book Fair in McGregor to raise funds for our work as a Donkey Sanctuary.

The dates for the 2020 Book Fair are 22 to 24 May.

Friday to Sunday 10 am to 5pm (Sunday till 2pm)

We extend a warm invitation to our bookworms and bargain browsers who come to the Book Fair. You face an impressive choice from over 14,000 books, all offered at bargain prices.

The choice includes new, pristine pre-owned and even collectable books – like 100 year old classics and first editions. Current novels, travel, a huge collection of new cook books, art, gardening and lifestyle books abound, plus there's also biography and a massive selection of children's titles.

All purchases help raise proceeds which turn a new page for countless donkeys. Plus the on-site coffee shop has drinks and eats for all tastes.

Beyond the book buzz of the Book Fair, people also enjoy the quiet contemplation at the Sanctuary, where they can walk the grounds that are dedicated to rescued and retired donkeys. Here you will find more books and also our charming rustic bistro. Eat, Bray, Love!

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Municipal Hall, Voortrekker Street, McGregor

Thank you for your support!


The Sanctuary has a reputation for interesting, entertaining and fun-filled AGMs.
An interesting Saturday afternoon event giving you the latest on our past year and future plans through slides and words. This year the AGM will agin be held in Pinelands, Cape Town and included afternoon tea. This is an opportunity to find out more about the Sanctuary.

Date: A Saturday in August 2020 date to be confirmed

For those living in the Winelands we will hold a Report Back meeting in at the Sanctuary (date to be announced). Locals can come and hear all about our work of the past year and our plans for the future whilst enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and some light snacks.

Date : ​Sunday 4 October 2019 10.30am

Celebrate animal welfare

Friends of CARE and Eseltjiesrus are delighted to combine in presenting this annual event to honour St Francis.

We warmly invite you to celebrate animal welfare in McGregor on Sunday 4th October.

Jy word hartlik uitgenooi na 'n viering van dierewelsyn in McGregor op Sondag 4 Oktober.

Join us at Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary on Sunday 4th October at 10.30am. Music, the blessing of animals, a meditative walk and the opportunity to remember loved ones by placing a stone on our cairn. Companion animals on leads are welcome.

Eseltjiesrus Bistro will be open 11.30am to 4pm on Sunday 4th October if you would like to stay for a light lunch and refreshments.
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Support Eseltjiesrus

Every donation helps us to improve the facilities, expand our support and rehabilitation of donkeys elsewhere and work towards a more caring culture in our society.

About Us

Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary provides a permanent refuge for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys.

Tel - +27 (0) 23 625 1593

Fax - +27 (0) 86 614 7777

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