25th Rhino Charge

Saturday, 1st June 2013 at 5:30am

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The Rhino Charge is an off-road event in which competitors are required to visit 13 points scattered over approximately 100 square kms of rough terrain within a 10 hour period. Competitors are supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of the venue, co-ordinates of the 13 Control Points and their Start position (at one of the Controls). Each competitor must plot the Control Points on the map and decide his/her route. Navigation is by compass/GPS and the winner is the competitor who visits the most controls in the shortest distance (GPS measured).

The event is organised to raise funds for the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust. Competitors are required to raise the minimum sponsorship set by the organising committee. Most however raise considerably more - the record to date being Kshs 11,509,015 in 2011 from Car No.5 led by Alan McKittrick. Long-time supporters such as Sarah and (the late) Mike Higgins have raised a total of Kshs 39,604,399 over the last 20 years.

To negate environmental damage entries to the Charge are limited to less than 60 vehicles. The popularity of the Charge is such that the organisers have introduced a preferential entry strategy favouring high value fund raisers because would-be entrants far exceed available places in the event.

Vision and Mission and Values of Rhino Charge:

The vision of Rhino Charge is to mobilize the public to raise funds for Rhino Ark, the Kenyan conservation charity. For over 22 years Rhino Ark has been raising funds for the building and maintenance of an electrified fence that encircles nearly 400kms of the Aberdare ecosystem. The fence is a vital management tool for ensuring the ecosystem’s long-term integrity. In 2010 Rhino Ark announced a formal commitment to support conservation of other mountain forest ecosystems in Kenya, starting with Mount Kenya and Mau Mount Eburu. These new initiatives will be undertaken in addition to the long term commitment to the Aberdares.

The mission of Rhino Charge is to organize an annual off-road motorsport competition that consistently meets the highest standards of excellence and does not adversely impact on the environment in which the events take place.

The values of Rhino Charge are Sportsmanship, Integrity and Commitment to Excellence.

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Rhino Ark

Rhino Ark is a charitable trust founded in 1988 to support conservation in Kenya. We help to develop sustainable solutions to the challenges facing mountain forest ecosystems and threatened biodiversity areas.

Our approach is embodied in the philosophy “HUMANS IN HARMONY WITH HABITAT AND WILDLIFE”, and propagated though effective partnerships with stakeholders. 

Our work is guided by independent assessment studies. These studies provide the scientific foundation for the design, mid-term review and final evaluation of our interventions.

Electric Fence Projects are the cornerstones of our conservation mission. The Rhino Ark Aberdare Electric Fence is a world-renowned example of how to achieve a ‘win-win’ equilibrium that balances the needs of local communities with the goal of protecting nature.

Visit the Rhino Ark website


Starts: Saturday, June 1st 2013 at 5:30am

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Bookings close: May 31st 2013



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