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And Raise funds for animals rehabilitation in Tulbagh

Forget the sport of kings, it’s duck season in Tulbagh and you’re invited to attend a fun-filled family day exploring the town and attending a different kind of animal race.

Day at the Duck Race is happening on 14 September, at the Essere Lodge in Tulbagh, and you can adopt a duck to race down the Little Berg River for a cash prize.

Fancy your chances at the duck races? Well R100 gets you into the event and gives you one duck and R50 is your adoption fee for if you want an extra quacker. Your rubber ducks are automatically entered into a race and if yours wins, you get R5000.

All proceeds go to CHAIN Boland, an NPO that focuses on rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming animals.

Worried about rubber ducks polluting the river? Well don’t, because the organisers of Day at the Duck Race are making sure that not a single duck will be left on the river.

Michelle Barnard, marketing manager for the event, says the organisers are incredibly responsible and environmentally conscious. “There will be a net to catch them and all the ducks will be returned to their owners.”

First of all, come dressed for the occasion. Gum boots are essential as you’ll be walking along the river edge. 

Dress up aside there will also be a food market, live music by four piece acoustic band Newton & Co, kids entertainment and much more.

Duck races won’t last all day, so you will have time to explore the town of Tulbagh.

The area boasts a plethora of wine Estates and activities that include zip-lining, moonlight horseback riding and cherry picking, to name a few.

You can also visit Church Street, where you’ll find the largest number of Cape Dutch, Edwardian and Victorian buildings anywhere in the country, which is quite amazing considering that the town was nearly wiped away by a devastating earthquake in 1969.

This may be unique to South Africa, but duck races have been happening elsewhere for a long time. It’s usually done as a fundraising initiative and became a worldwide thing in the 1990’s. It’s alleged that the first race was hosted in America, but there are known events in England, Germany too.

The biggest recorded race happened in London in 2008 at an event called the Great British Duck Race. This annual event that takes place on the Thames River, had an estimated 205 000 blue ducks racing that year, and raised nearly 100 000 pounds for various charities.


R100 get you a ticket a duck, R50 gets you every other duck after that. You can buy your tickets at Webtickets.


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