Rhino Charge 2024

This year’s Rhino Charge, held on June 1, 2024, at the picturesque Torosei in Kajiado County, raised an astounding Ksh 325 million for conservation efforts.

This year, Travel Affairs supported Team Roving Rogues Car no. 40 and Team Land Mawe Car no. 41.

The Rhino Charge, renowned for its challenging 4×4 off-road competition, serves an environmental mission. Since 1989, it has raised over Ksh 2.1 billion to support the conservation of Kenya’s mountain forests, also known as water towers, as they are the source of all main rivers in the country. Funds from the Rhino Charge have facilitated significant projects, including the construction of the world’s longest game-proof fences.

These projects encompass the 450 km Mount Kenya Electric Fence, of which 300 km have been completed, the maintenance of the 400 km Aberdare Electric Fence, and the 43.3 km perimeter electric fence around Mount Eburu. The ongoing fence construction in Kakamega Forest has seen Phase I (15 km) completed.

Proceeds from the vehicle entry fee (Landowners Access Fee) also support host community projects such as building schools, health infrastructure, and water tanks. Recent contributions included Ksh 5.2 million to Mosiro (Kajiado County) and Ksh 5.3 million to Nkoteyia (Samburu County).

Besides the direct cash contribution derived from the landowners’ access fee, the event also provides short-term employment opportunities for local communities involved in venue preparation and event support, showcasing the tourism and conservation potential of the host area.

Results:

Super Modified Class

Team Land Mawe position 11 out of 22 participants

Modified Class

Team Roving Rogue position 1 out of 22 participants

Overall Scores:

Team Roving Rogues took position 5 & Team Land Mawe position 32 out of 52 participants.

Congratulations to both teams!

Rhino Charge 2023

The annual Rhino Charge event took place on 3rd June 2023, in Nkoteyia, Samburu County.

Travel Affairs supported Team Roving Rogues Car no. 40 & Team Land Mawe Car no.41

The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road 4×4 competition held in Kenya in which entrants are required to visit 13 check points (controls) scattered over approximately 100 km² of rough terrain within a 10 hour period. Entrants are supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of the venue, co-ordinates of the 13 check points and their start position the night before the event. Each competitor must plot the check points on the map and decide his/her route. The winner is the competitor who visits the most check point in the shortest distance (GPS measured).

The event is organised in order to raise funds to support the activities of the Rhino Ark Kenya Charitable Trust.

Established in 1989, Rhino Ark is a charitable trust that seeks solutions to the challenges facing the mountain forest ecosystems of Kenya, also known as the water towers. More specifically, Rhino Ark’s conservation program is developed around six priority thematic areas:

  1. Protection of Kenya’s mountain forests, other threatened habitats and their rich biodiversity;
  2. Engagement and education of adjacent communities in conservation;
  3. Securing the connectivity between mountain forests and other threatened wildlife habitats;
  4. Establishment of sustainable financing mechanisms for the conservation of mountain forests and other threatened wildlife habitats;
  5. Advocate nationally and internationally for the conservation of the mountain forests and other threatened habitats, their wildlife and their ecological functions; and,
  6. Use of science to assess the impacts of, and review conservation interventions.

Scores Category

Super Modified Class
Team Land Mawe Car no. 41, position 18 out of 23 participants

Modified Class

Team Roving Rogues Car no. 40, position 2 out of 21 participants

Overall Scores:

Team Roving Rogues took position 9 & Team Land Mawe position 33 out of 52 participants

The Rhino Charge 2023 event raised a remarkable KES 173 million.