ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Kenya Rhino Charge: A gruelling rally raid for a worthy cause

Updated on October 16, 2019
Source
Source

Rhino Charge is an annual cross-country rally raid held in Kenya to raise fund for conservation of Kenya’s Aberdares eco-system. The Aberdares is found in the vast Rift Valley region of Kenya.

Aberdares eco-system is a hidden world of wildlife with thick vegetation that provides natural environment for countless species. The Aberdare National Park is a sanctuary for the endangered Black Rhino and an important water catchment area to Kenya’s main rivers.

Rhino Charge event, organized by The Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, has been held in Kenya since 1989. Rhino Ark Trust was formed in 1988 at a time when Rhinos in Kenya were under threat from poaching.

The major aim of forming Rhino Ark Trust was to build an electric fence around the Aberdares Conservation area to keep poachers at bay and prevent game from marauding onto farms around the area causing fear and loss of revenue.

The Aberdares has a rich diversity of vegetation that results from wide range of rainfall and altitude, the region host a wide variety of plant and animal species.

Among the threatened fauna species includes the Jackson Mongoose, Black Rhino, Giant Forest Hog among others. The charity event, though called Rhino Charge, caters for fauna and flora in the Aberdares.

The competitors in Rhino Charge have to compete on a gruelling cross-country course in off-road vehicles. Rhino charge is a unique and exciting competition that requires bravery and high level of skills in off-road driving and navigation.

The race involves 4WD vehicles following a course through extremely rough terrain to reach a series of pre-plotted competition points within the fastest time possible. A similar event, The UK Rhino Charge started in 1997, is held in Sussex, England.

Rhino Charge event require competitors to maneuver a rough terrain within a one hour period. The terrain makes up the 13 points of competition scattered over an area of about 100 sq Km.

 The endangered Black Rhinoceros has long been hunted for its horns.
The endangered Black Rhinoceros has long been hunted for its horns. | Source

Although the event is usually held in the vast Laikipia region of the Kenyan Rift Valley, the location and exact route for the race is never revealed in advance until the very eventful day. On the event day, competitors are supplied with a navigational 1:50,000 scale map showing the 13 Control Points and their starting point, usually one of the 13 points of the competition.

It is a rough terrain for Rhino Charge
It is a rough terrain for Rhino Charge | Source
4WDs do well in Rhino Charge
4WDs do well in Rhino Charge | Source
Mike Higgins
Mike Higgins | Source

Each competitor, usually a team of two to six members that includes driver, navigator and support crew, decides what route to follow by plotting control points on the map.

During the rally, teams have to make decisions between taking a safer, wider route versus a riskier but more direct route. Navigation is by GPS and the winner is the competitor who visits the most controls points in the shortest distance measured by GPS.

Rhino Charge competitors are required to make the minimum sponsorship set by the organizing committee. Most competitors however raise more funds than the targeted.

Alan McKittrick raised a staggering $138,662 in last year’s event, Rhino Charge 2011, using Car No. 5. Faithful supporters of this noble cause like long-time Sarah and the late Mike Higgins have raised a total of $495,054 for the last 20 years. When Mike died, Sarah decided to continue with fund raising by creating Mike’s memorial page for continued charity and donations.

Source
Source
Source

Rhino Charge

The Rhino Charge rally organizers limit the number of competing vehicles to 60 in an effort aimed at protecting the environment from damage and pollution.

The event has become popular such that organizers have introduced a preferential entry strategy that favours high value fund raisers because interested entrants far exceed available slots.

Rhino Charge is a light hearted competition and also a social event. Large camps are set up within the race area to support the rally with pomp pre and post race celebrations. Hundreds of spectators make plans and head into the bush to watch the event.

Spectators enjoy Rhino Charge
Spectators enjoy Rhino Charge | Source
Rhino Charge thrills spectators
Rhino Charge thrills spectators | Source

One spectacle that you cannot afford to miss in Rhino Charge is the Gauntlet, a combination of 2 or 3 checkpoints that involves river crossings and other difficult obstacles.

Gauntlet is a crowd pooler and spectators of all walks of life likes to watch this particular part of the event. The night after the event is always filled with merry making and celebrating a day spent for a worthy cause.

And ladies are not left out either!
And ladies are not left out either! | Source
Source
Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • dwachira profile imageAUTHOR

      Danson Wachira 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Maralexa,

      Thanks for the visit, comment and support, the world will be so wonderful and peaceful if only we have few more of these good people.

    • Maralexa profile image

      Marilyn Alexander 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      dwachira -- this is such a great example of inspiring people to participate in a great event and help fund such a worthwhile endeavor. Excellent article, up, awesome and sharing!

    • Maralexa profile image

      Marilyn Alexander 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      dwachira -- this is EXACTLY what I appreciate most when it comes to helping to save and protect endangered animals! Thanks so much for such a valuable article. Up, awesome and sharing. Also, Bookmarking.

    • dwachira profile imageAUTHOR

      Danson Wachira 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks mary615 for the visit and comment, Rhino Charge is such a wonderful event and it is all about charity. Am glad you enjoyed reading.

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi dwachira. I really thought when I saw your title it was going to be about charging rhinos! This was so interesting and it gave me some insight into your country and the people. Looks like a very worthy cause to do this, and exciting, too, I'm sure to watch.

      Thanks for all this good information.

      I voted this UP, etc.etc. and I will share. Mary

    • dwachira profile imageAUTHOR

      Danson Wachira 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      @kumar24894, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    • dwachira profile imageAUTHOR

      Danson Wachira 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Peggy W for the visit, environment is one of the greatest resources we can ever have, it is where we and other animals live in. Rhino Charge fundraising is such a wonderful event. Am glad you found this article to be useful. Enjoy your day, (opps! it is already evening here)

    • profile image

      kumar24894 

      7 years ago from Fuck of HUBPAGES

      Wow !!!

      Stunning hub !!!

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This was fascinating and the video is worth watching every single minute of it. What a great cause!!! Voted up, useful, interesting and will definitely share. Thanks for this look at the Rhino Charge fundraising event.

    • dwachira profile imageAUTHOR

      Danson Wachira 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks DS Duby for stopping by, reading and sharing. You are very welcome to Rhino Charge, it is a very entertaining rally raid.

    • DS Duby profile image

      DS Duby 

      7 years ago from United States, Illinois

      The Rhino Charge sounds like a great time. I'd love to check out the course they run, it must be grueling. voted up, awesome, interesting and sharing. Terrific article.

    • dwachira profile imageAUTHOR

      Danson Wachira 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks stars439 for stopping by and reading.

    • stars439 profile image

      stars439 

      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      A very interesting, fascinating hub. GBY.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)