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From 2015 onwards, anyone who wants to come to the Rhino Charge has to purchase a ticket. This has become necessary due to the growing popularity of the event which has put the host communities and their land under increasing environmental pressure. By introducing a ticketing system, the organisers aim to make the Spectator Camp more attractive to responsible spectators by improving the spectators’ experience, their comfort and security as well as improve the administration of the event. The new measures have also been put in place to ensure the environmental friendliness and sustainability of the event.

The Rhino Charge Ticketing Portal closes on 24 May 2017 at 12 noon (EAT).

Please do NOT attempt to come to the venue if you have not purchased the said items in advance, as you will not be granted access to the venue.
Strictly no exceptions!

Can I come to the Rhino Charge if I have not bought a ticket in advance? Are tickets on sale at the venue?

No.

Tickets, accommodation packages and vehicle passes for the 2016 Rhino Charge are ONLY available for purchase through the Rhino Charge Ticketing Portal.

Please do NOT attempt to come to the venue if you have not purchased the said items in advance, as you will not be granted access to the venue. Strictly no exceptions!

What is the Rhino Charge?

The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road 4×4 competition held in Kenya in which the entrants are required to visit 13 points (Guard Posts) while travelling the shortest possible distance across difficult, trackless terrain, where speed is not a necessity. The event is organised in order to raise funds to support the activities of the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust.

The event was conceived in 1989 to raise funds for the construction of the Aberdare Electric Fence. Rhino Ark founder Ken Kuhle, Rally Enthusiasts Rob Combes and Brian Haworth mooted the idea of an off-road motorsport event to support the fencing project carried out by the then recently established Rhino Ark Charitable Trust. The Trust was committed to saving the dwindling Rhino population in the Aberdare National Park, as well as mitigating human-wildlife conflicts around the National Park. On 4 February 1989, 31 competing vehicles entered the first event which was won by Travers Allison in a Suzuki jeep. Whilst the first Rhino Charge raised only KES 250,000, this amount has increased tremendously over the years.

What is the Rhino Charge Ticketing Portal?

The Rhino Charge Ticketing Portal is the official and only website through which spectators who want to come to the Rhino Charge must book and pay for:

  1. An Entry Ticket (one ticket per adult)
  2. Vehicle Pass known as a Landowner Access Fee (LAF)
  3. Accommodation from accredited camp operators

PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT:
  1. TICKETS ARE SOLD ON A FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED BASIS 
  2. A MAXIMUM OF 750 PERSONS WILL BE ADMITTED INTO THE SPECTATOR CAMP
  3. NO SALE OF TICKETS AT THE VENUE (ONLY ONLINE)
  4. TICKETS ONCE PURCHASED ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE OR REFUNDABLE
  5. ACCOMMODATION BOOKINGS FOR THE SPECTATOR CAMP (INCLUDING SELF-CAMPING OPTIONS) CAN ONLY BE MADE THROUGH THE RHINO CHARGE TICKETING PORTAL. IF YOU BUY ACCOMMODATION FROM ANY OTHER PLACE / THIRD PARTY YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK AND WILL BE DENIED ENTRY. BE CAUTIOUS OF SCAMMERS. 

Please note that there are strictly no exceptions and until you have paid for your entry ticket, your Vehicle pass (LAF) and accommodation you do not have entry to the Rhino Charge.

Please note that the Rhino Charge ticket sales will close at 12:00 noon on 24 May 2017! Should tickets sell out before this date, the sales will close once all tickets are sold out.

Do I need a ticket to go to the Rhino Charge? Why?

From 2015 onwards, anyone who wants to come to the Rhino Charge has to purchase a ticket. This has become necessary due to the growing popularity of the event which has put the host communities and their land under increasing environmental pressure. By introducing a ticketing system, the organisers aim to make the Spectator Camp more attractive to responsible spectators by improving the spectators’ experience as well as improve the administration of the event.

Please note that the Rhino Charge ticket sales will close at 12:00 noon on 24 May 2017! Should tickets sell out before this date, the sales will close once all tickets are sold out.

How can I pay for my ticket, Vehicle Pass (LAF) and accommodation?

Payments on the Rhino Charge ticketing portal can be made through:

  1. M-PESA
  2. Visa
  3. Mastercard

How much is a ticket for the Rhino Charge?

Tickets for the Rhino Charge are available at the following rates:

0 – 5 years = free entry
6 – 11 years = KES 1,500 /-
12 years and above = KES 3,000/-

Please note that tickets are not transferable or refundable.

Why do I need to provide my I.D/ Passport number when booking a ticket?

The Rhino Charge ticketing system works like an airline ticketing system. This means that tickets are personalised and linked to your I.D. and only the person who has booked and paid for their ticket will be allowed to enter the venue. For this reason tickets are not transferable or refundable.

Do I need to bring my I.D/ Passport to the Rhino Charge venue?

Yes, you MUST bring your I.D. to the Rhino Charge venue, the same one you used to make the booking; otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the venue. This is necessary to make sure that:

  1. Your ticket belongs to you
  2. Your Vehicle Pass (LAF) voucher belongs to you
  3. Your accommodation booking belongs to you

Please note that all children must also bring their I.D./Passport to the venue.

Can I make a group booking through the Rhino Charge ticketing portal?

No. Each adult must create their own Rhino Charge Account. Only a dependant, i.e. a child under 18 years old can be added to an individual/adult booking. Please note that a maximum of 6 children can be added per individual/adult spectator booking. To make an individual/adult booking you must be over 18 years. The BURDEN OF PROOF FOR THE AGE OF A CHILD (anyone under 18 years) IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ADULT WHO MADE THE BOOKING TO PROVIDE (i.e. copy of birth certificate/passport).

Can I bring my children to the Rhino Charge?

Yes. Each adult must create their own Rhino Charge Account. Children under 18 years of age can be added to an individual/adult booking. Please note that a maximum of 6 children can be added per individual/adult booking. The BURDEN OF PROOF FOR THE AGE OF A CHILD (anyone under 18 years) IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ADULT WHO MADE THE BOOKING TO PROVIDE (i.e. copy of birth certificate/passport).

Please note that all children coming to the event need to be registered under their parent/guardian’s profile in the ticketing system and must bring their I.D./Passport to the venue.

What is the Vehicle Pass – Landowner Access Fee (LAF) and how much does it cost?

The Vehicle Pass, known as the Landowner Access Fee (LAF) was implemented to benefit the local host community of the Rhino Charge and the fee goes directly to the community. The money is then used for community projects, such as the construction of a school classrooms or the installation of a borehole.

All Vehicles entering the Rhino Charge venue are required to purchase a Vehicle Pass – Landowner Access Fee (LAF) stickers at a rate of:

  1. Kshs 10,000 per vehicle (less than 6 seats)
  2. Kshs 20,000 per vehicle (between 6 – 12 seats) 
  3. Kshs 30,000 per vehicle (13 or more seats) 

Please note that the Vehicle Pass (LAF) sticker MUST be displayed on the windscreen of any car that enters the Rhino Charge venue. If any vehicle is discovered not displaying a sticker, they will be fined twice the normal LAF. The LAF can be purchased only through the online ticketing system. The voucher which you will receive will allow you to collect your LAF sticker at the entrance to the Rhino Charge venue. Please note that the LAF is not refundable.

I have purchased a Vehicle Pass (LAF). Is it linked to my car/my number plate?

When a Vehicle Pass (LAF) is purchased online through this ticketing system, the system will issue a LAF voucher which is linked to the PERSON who made this booking (i.e. name & ID will be required to redeem the voucher for the LAF sticker) and not to a VEHICLE in case the vehicle needs to be changed, due to a breakdown or any other reason. Please make sure that person who made the booking comes to the Rhino Charge with their ID and the voucher to redeem the LAF voucher at the entrance. Please note that the LAF is not refundable.

Can I buy more than one Vehicle Pass (LAF)?

If an ADDITIONAL vehicle pass is required after the ticketing portal has closed it can be purchased at the venue at the cost of the LAFs purchased through the ticketing portal plus 50%.

Do I need to book accommodation for the Rhino Charge in advance?

Yes. You will not be allowed to enter the Rhino Charge venue if you have not booked your accommodation through the ticketing portal with one of the accredited camp operators.

Who are the accredited camp operators for the Rhino Charge spectator camp?

The following camp operators are the accredited camp operators for the Rhino Charge:

  1. Bunduz
  2. Tarpo

These accredited camp operators have gone through a tendering process and were selected as the Rhino Charge accredited camp operators out of all the applications which were received within the given deadline. 

Can I bring my own camping gear/is there a self-camping option?

Yes, private camping gear is allowed and self-camping options are available where spectators can bring their own gear and equipment. Please note that a self-camping option must also be purchased through the Rhino Charge ticketing system. You will not be allowed to camp at the Rhino Charge if you have not booked your camping spot through an accredited camp operator.

Where can I camp?

Camping is only allowed in the areas designated to the accredited camp operator whom you have booked your camping spot through. You may not camp outside these designated areas. Should you be caught camping in any other place this can result in immediate removal from the venue. These measures have been put into place for your safety and to reduce the environmental pressure put on to the Rhino Charge venue and the host community.

Are there any toilet and shower facilities available?

Yes. As you have booked your accommodation through an accredited camp operator you will be provided with both toilet and shower facilities. For more details, please check with the camp operator of your choice.

When can I come to the Rhino Charge?

Spectators are allowed to enter the venue between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs on the 2 June 2017 ONLY. Please refer to the dates and times indicated on your accommodation booking (including self-camping options). Please note that NOBODY will be allowed to enter the venue after 18:00hrs (6 pm) on any given day. This is for your safety.

Are there any other general rules I need to oblige to?

Yes. The General Rules of the event can be found at the Camping Do’s & Don’ts section

I have a tour operator company. How can I apply to become an accredited Rhino Charge camp operator?

The tendering process for the Rhino Charge is closed. To be added to the list for consideration as a camp operator in future events interested companies must express their interest to the Rhino Charge Committee via email: info@rhinocharge.co.ke

More information will then be sent to you via e-mail. Please note that the tender will be sent out newly each year, therefore camp operators can apply to become accredited camp operators each year.

I am having problems with the Ticketing System, who can I contact?

In case you are facing any difficulties with the Ticketing System, please send an email to: tickets@rhinocharge.co.ke

What is Rhino Ark?

Rhino Ark is a charitable trust registered as a Charity in Kenya, UK (Charity No. 1047083) and USA (with IRC 501 (c) 3 Status). Founded in 1988 the trust responded to the grave crisis facing Kenya’s Black Rhino population in the Aberdare ecosystem. The Rhino were under severe threat from rampant poaching for their highly valued horn. Rhino Ark’s initial aim was to build a fence along sections of the Aberdare National Park on its Eastern Salient where rhino were being mercilessly poached. The Salient borders directly onto farming land. Wildlife was able to maraud at night into the farms bordering the park, destroying crops, creating fear and loss of both revenue and on occasions, lives. This situation fuelled an already volatile community which saw no value in protecting either the wildlife or the forest habitat. Poachers had easy access.

Rhino Ark’s formation was specifically to assist the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to finance a protective fence around the Salient area which has the highest concentration of wildlife in the Aberdares. The initial project idea subsequently evolved into a much more ambitious task of encircling the entire Aberdare Conservation Area with a game proof fence. The fence, strong enough to resist elephant pressure, is powered by electricity to keep wildlife within and curb illegal log extraction, snaring, poaching of wildlife (especially rhino and the rare and elusive bongo) from without. The fence construction work started in 1989 and completed on 28 August 2009. On 12 March 2010 the fence was formally commissioned by the former President of the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Mwai Kibaki.

Construction of the fence has brought harmony between wildlife and farmers around the Aberdare Conservation Area. The farmers now enjoy peaceful sleep at night without fear of land, crop and house destruction. Over the years, Rhino Ark’s work has evolved towards seeking sustainable, long term solutions to the conservation challenges facing mountain forest ecosystems, and other areas of important biodiversity under threat.

In December 2010, Rhino Ark announced its formal commitment to supporting conservation of other mountain forest ecosystems. The initial areas of focus are Mount Kenya and Mau Mount Eburu.

For more information on the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust please visit: www.rhinoark.org

Which accommodation options are available for the Rhino Charge?

RHINO CHARGE

Bunduz Budget

Bunduz Economy

Tarpo Luxury

Sharing a tent (self-drive)

KES 15,500/-

KES 18,750/-

KES 32,000/-

Single in a tent (self-drive)

KES 17,500/-

KES 20,500/-

KES 40,000/-

Family [4 pax tent] (self-drive)

n.a.

n.a.

KES 28,000/-

Sharing a tent (incl. transport)

KES 22,750/-

KES 25,500/-

n.a.

Single in a tent (incl. transport)

KES 24,500/-

KES 28,500/-

n.a.

Self-camping (self-drive)

KES 7,750/-

KES 7,750/-

n.a.


All options listed above are rates per person, full board (excluding self-camping option), for a 2 night package. The accommodation rates are payable as follows:

0 – 5 years = free of charge
6 – 11 years = pay 75% of adult price
12 years and above = pay full price

Services included for the self-camping option are toilet (1 per 5 people) and shower facilities (1 per 5 people), garbage collection and communal security. For more information on the full board accommodation packages, please download the camp operator’s flyers by clicking below:

  1. Bunduz – Budget Option
  2. Bunduz – Economy Option
  3. Tarpo – Luxury Option

Any cancellations or refunds are done directly through the camp operator of your choice and yourself with the following refund policy applying to ALL accommodation bookings;

  • 100% refund if booking cancelled before or on the 31st March 2017;
  • 75% refund if booking cancelled on or after 1st April but before or on 15th April 2017;
  • 50% refund if booking cancelled on or after 16th April but before or on 30th April 2017;
  • 25% refund if booking cancelled on or after 1st May but before or on 15th May 2017;
  • No refund if booking cancelled on or after 16th May 2017;

Disclaimer: please note that the Rhino Charge does not assume any liability for timeliness, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided by the accredited camp operators. Furthermore, the Rhino Charge is not responsible for the content of external websites of the accredited camp operators. The Rhino Charge is not responsible for the quality of the tents, the food quality, or other services provided by the accredited camp operator. Further, the Rhino Charge does not accept any liability for failure to provide the services contracted or any of them due to circumstances beyond our control. 


To find out more, please visit the Accommodation page for a full list of options.

Why is the number of tickets limited to 750?

The new booking portal aims at limiting the further growth of the event – not just in regard to spectators, but across the board – to allow for a better administration and principally to ensure that the event remains environmentally friendly, safe and sustainable.

Please note that the limited 750 tickets are reserved for SPECTATORS only.