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Experience the only off road motor show event, favouring engineering, endurance &navigational skills over speed.The race involves 4WD vehicles following a course through extremely rough terrain to reach a series of pre-arranged points in the fastest possible time.
The Rhino Charge is an annual off road motorsport competition that has been held in Kenya since 1989. It is a unique and exciting competition that requires bravery and a high level of skill in off-road driving and navigation. The event, organized by The Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, is held to raise funds for a very noble cause – conservation of Kenya’s Aberdare Ecosystem.
The Rhino Charge was conceived on the verandah of the Members Bar at Muthaiga Country Club. Rhino Ark founder Ken Kuhle, asked Rally Enthusiast Rob Coombes whether he would organise a motorsport event to help raise funds for the “Rhino Ark Charitable Trust” that he had recently formed. The trust was committed to saving the Aberdare National Park’s dwindling Rhino population.
The rhino charge raises funds for the rhino ark foundation.Rhino Ark is a Kenyan charity placed to help the protected Aberdare Conservation area.
The main aim for each team is to cover the least distance to reach all the posts. A number of teams get to face innumerable natural obstacles along their way. Of all the competitors, the first competitor passing though all these obstacles, can become the overall winner.
The Rhino Charge is a 4WD rally through Kenya’s wilderness. The race involves 4WD vehicles following a course through extremely rough terrain to reach a series of pre-arranged points in the fastest possible time.
The Aberdares is a hidden world of wildlife; it’s thick vegetation provides perfect cover for countless species. The Aberdares National Park is a sanctuary for the endangered Black Rhino and an important water catchment area providing water to the Tana and Athi rivers, Kenya’s main rivers.
For accommodation, one can carry their own tents, sleep in their cars or pay for rented luxury tents at the camping sites.
Have fun, as you watch the rally drivers manoeuvre the rocks while you sip your refreshment.
At the rhino change events, the rally event is the major attraction. Set up mostly in the bash settings, apart from tents restaurants, the rally is the event to watch. Participants of the race are required to visit 13 guards spread over the entire rough terrain within 10 hours. For orientation, they get a 1:50,000 scale map of the area and coordinates of the guard posts as well as their start point. Whoever visits the most guard posts in the shortest distance wins the race.
Before heading for the rhino change, it is advised that one stock up and buys their drinks, water, food etc.Some restaurants have tents after meals, and one is allowed to cook for themselves.