2011 Rhino Charge: Fri 3rd June to Sun 5th June 2011
June is the month for the Rhino Charge. This unique off-road car rallyis held every year to raise money for the construction of a perimeterfence around the Aberdare National Park.
The Aberdares National Park is a sanctuary for the endangeredBlackRhino and an important water catchment area providing water to the Tanaand Athi rivers, Kenya’s main rivers.
The Aberdares is a hidden world of wildlife; its 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 will aim to reach 13 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 13 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. The funds raised from the Charge go directly to Rhino Ark, a conservation charity working to fence Kenya’s Arberdare Forest, affording protection to endangered species and habitat.
These precious forests, home to Rhino, Elephant and many other rare and threatened species are being threatened by deforestation, logging and ongoing human-wildlife conflict.
For more information visit www.rhinocharge.co.ke