The Rhino Charge is a 4WD rally through Kenya's wilderness. The race involves 4WD vehicles following acourse through extremely rough terrain to reach a series ofpre-arranged points in the fastest possible time.
The course is designed with challenge in mind, and each year these off road vehicles are pushed to their absolute limits. The exact route for the race is never revealed in advance, but more often than not it is in the Laikipia region.
Rhino charge vehicles are crewed by a full team of driver, navigator and support crew.
The race is definitely a light hearted affair, and is a social event in itself. Large camps are set up to support the race, and these are the venue for both pre and post race celebrations.
This unique off-road car rally is held every year to raise money for the construction of a perimeter fence around the Aberdare National Park.
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.
A variety of vehicles aim to reach several checkpoints scattered over approximately 100 square kms of rough terrain in a 10 hour period via the shortest distance possible. Competitors are supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of the venue, co-ordinates of the control points and their start position.
During the rally, teams have to make the decision between taking a safer, wider route or taking a riskier more direct route. The teams must then plot the control points on the map and decide their route.
Navigation is by compass or GPS and the winner is the competitor who visits all controls in the shortest distance, GPS measured.
The Rhino Charge is a truly unique event, both sporting and social. Hundreds of spectators head into the bush to watch the event, setting up campsites and starting off early to get to the Gauntlet (a combination of 2 or 3 checkpoints that invariably involve river crossings and other difficult obstacles).
If you are visiting Kenya - the Rhino Charge is a must see event.