Yesterday, we spent an interesting afternoon at the 2011 Annual Dar es Salaam Charity Goat races.
Yes, they race goats here in Tanzania...
Brought to Tanzania 11 years ago from Uganda, the Goat races is a charity that raises money for a number of worthwhile causes in Dar and the rest of Tanzania. Last year they managed to raise over TZS 80 million (about $55,000) and this year seemed well on their way to reaching that mark again.
|The stars of the show getting some nourishment in before their race|
|Lined up for the start of the race|
|And heading down the final straight...|
|While No 8 was the most popular (due to the name I'm sure!), No 2 won out in the end|
There's also betting on the goats. Minimum bet from TZS 2,000 ($1.50) with no maximum, which of course all goes to charity as well. I managed to bet on one of the winning goats and made double back for my bet ;)
|Shrek family parading around the track|
|Goat owners are allowed in the middle of the |
track to watch their goat (hopefully) win