It’s all systems go as final touches are put to the 33rd edition of the Rhino Charge, Kenya’s unique off-road competition, at a pristine location in the untamed wilds of southern Kenya.
A total of 56 competitor cars have been registered to participate in this year’s Rhino Charge with camp operators, competitors, guard post officers and spectators still registering to participate ahead of Friday deadline.
The venue of the annual motorsport-cum-fundraising event, which is usually kept secret until a few days to the actual race, will be revealed a week before the main event.
“Since the resumption of the charge last year, we have witnessed a growing enthusiasm towards the event and increased support for the conservation work we do at Rhino Ark. I feel so indebted to all those who are contributing their time and expertise to make the charge such a successful fundraising event,” said the Clerk of the Course Don White.
This year’s edition will be the second after the Covid-19 pandemic brought much restrictions on public gatherings globally.
In 2020, the event was cancelled for the first time since it was started 32 years ago in light of the health and reputational risks associated with the pandemic.
The Rhino Charge has a reputation as a unique formula and one of the toughest events in the world.
It is an annual off-road 4×4 competition held in Kenya in which entrants are required to visit 13 points while travelling the shortest possible distance across difficult, trackless terrain, where speed is not a necessity.
The Rhino Charge was conceived in Nairobi, Kenya when Rhino Ark founder Ken Kuhle asked rally enthusiast Rob Coombes whether he would organise an off road event to help raise funds for the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust that he had recently formed.