Will you be around Kampala city this Saturday? Kampala will be electrifying this weekend as it will be hosting one of Uganda’s funny events. Is your Uganda safari tour ending today? Sleep around in one of the hotels in Kampala Uganda so you can catch the Royal Ascot Goat races race tomorrow on the 12th October 2019. The Royal Ascot Goat Races are certainly Uganda’s most popular social event that is flocked by many including travellers on Uganda safaris as well as those doing Kampala city tours around this time of the year. This exciting event will take place at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala this Saturday. Gates to the Royal Ascot goats’ races event will open at 8 am where several goat fathers will model with their smartly dressed and branded goats with different names participating in each category and proceeding throughout the day.
History of the Royal Ascot Goat Race
When we dig back down to the roots of this colourful event, the Royal Ascot Goat Race in Kampala Uganda began in 1993. Once upon a time, the Entebbe Sailing Club considered fund-raising ideas until they came up with the goats’ race. This race idea was adopted and started out on the grounds of the Kampala Rugby Club with 400 people in attendance. By 1998, the race had outgrown this facility and was moved to Speke Resort Munyonyo, in 1999 and earned ten (10) million Uganda shillings. In 2005, the goats’ race attracted over 7,000 people.
Along with size, the goat race also grew in scale. It quickly evolved into a whole day event modelled on the Royal Ascot horse races in Ascot England and a total purse of more than 30 million UGX is awarded to the winning goat’s owners.
Who benefits from the goat race?
The Royal Goat race event is ultimately the fun show for everyone in Uganda including tourists undertaking tours in Uganda. The funds collected from this raceway are given back to the needy under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Profits collected from this go to a charity selected by Ruparelia Foundation executive committee.
There are 8 races in total and each goat’s race consists of 10 goats. The first, second and third place winners receive cash. The goats are dressed in the race labels with numbers inscribed on them. This race is fun! Imagine a goat running to win! It gets hard to believe that the goat owners actually bet loads of money on which goat is going to win the race. Spectators can also bet on goats through a preliminary parade around the track and abettors’ guide that describes each goat, spectators can gauge possible winners.
A goat race sponsor entitles one to name of the race, branding around the track and on event screens, prize giveaways, and tickers to enter the owner’s tent and free entrance to the event. You can also buy a goat to participate in any one or all the races. Each goat prize is determined by the price of the race you can name your goat, and entitled to tickets to the owner’s tent.
Goat prices range between Shs500, 000 to Shs1 million. Race prices on the other hand range between Shs5 million to Shs10 million.
How do you acquire Tickets?
Please note that tickets to the Goat Races are going go for Shs50,000, with early bird offers at Shs30,000. VIP, which entitles you access to the owners’ hospitality tent costs Shs350,000 for early Bird and Shs400,000 at the gate. The tickets can be bought through the organizer’s website on www.thegoatraces.com and at designated Ruparelia group centres.
There is also a special weekend package for event-goers who will want to avoid the traffic gridlock. A deluxe package with two tickets to the event goes for $149 while an executive suite goes for $400. It comes with two tickets to the event and entrance to the owners’ tent.
Food & Snacks
There is a wide variety of food such as pizza, seafood, and traditional Ugandan food and drink outlets spiced by entertainment for both adults and children. It’s indeed the perfect family day out. Make sure to come with an empty stomach. These are Africa safari memories you will live to tell.
Similar to the Royal Ascot horse races, there is as much emphasis on the dress, in particular, unusual hats with prizes awarded to the best-dressed couple, man, woman, and child, as well as to the person wearing the most extravagant hat and best goat name.
Sponsors of the event
The 2019 Royal Ascot Goat Races are powered by a number of sponsors, among who are; the Ruparelia Foundation, Sanyu FM, Gold Star Insurance Company, the Tusker Malt beer, Robbialac brand of Crown Berger Uganda Ltd and Silk events.
In conclusion, the goat race event is a great place to meet a lot of like-minded people at one time, so take advantage of that. The first-hand connections you make are incredibly valuable. You are bound to meet lots of travellers from tours Uganda, they will be talking about their experiences in Uganda during their Uganda tour like their Uganda wildlife safari experiences, Uganda gorilla trekking safari stories from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, birds they have seen during their Uganda bird watching tours, stories about Kampala that have been told to them during their Kampala city day tours, their exhilarating experience in the white waters of the mighty River Nile during their Jinja city tour, their chimpanzee experiences in the Kibale National Park in the primate capital of the world and many more.
After enjoying this refreshing event, you can book any of these popular packages in Uganda;
- 3 days Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda
- 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi
- 1 day Jinja tour excursion
- 1 Day Tour Ngamba Island Chimps
- 1 Day Kampala City Tour
- 3 Days Queen Elizabeth Park Safari Uganda
- 2 Days Wildlife safari in Uganda Queen Elizabeth
- 4 Days Wildlife Safari in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park
- 3 Days Murchison Falls Safari Uganda
- 2 Days Murchison Falls safari Uganda
- 7 Days Uganda Budget Wildlife Safari Tour to Murchison Falls
- 3 Days Uganda Gorilla tour to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- 2 Days Uganda Safari to Lake Mburo National Park
- 3 Days Uganda Safari to Lake Mburo National Park
- 2 Days Chimpanzee Trekking Safari
- 5 days Wildlife and Chimpanzee Safari in Uganda
- 3 Days Chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale Uganda
- 4 Days Wildlife Chimpanzee Safari
- 5 Days Gorilla and Wildlife Safari in Uganda
- 12 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour
- 10 Days Uganda Gorillas Chimps Safari
- 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari
- 6 Days Uganda Gorilla tour
- 6 days Uganda Gorilla Tracking safari
- 13 Days Uganda Rwanda Safari
- 8 Days Uganda safari tours
- 9 Days Uganda Safari
- 3 days Uganda Safari to Kidepo National Park