Rhino Charge

I am spectator. What do I need to do to come to the Rhino Charge?

From 2015 onwards, anyone who wants to come to the Rhino Charge has to purchase a ticket, including spectators. 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.

If you want to come to the Rhino Charge as a spectator, you must buy:

  • An Entry Ticket (one ticket per adult)
  • Vehicle Pass known as a Landowner Access Fee (LAF)
  • Accommodation from accredited camp operators (including self-camping options)

A link to the ticketing portal will become available once ticket purchases have opened.

More information for spectators can be found in the spectator section of this website.

I heard that I have to buy tickets to come to the Rhino Charge. Is it true?

Yes,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.

If you want to come to the Rhino Charge as a spectator, you must buy:

  •  An Entry Ticket (one ticket per adult)
  • Vehicle Pass known as a Landowner Access Fee (LAF)
  • Accommodation from accredited camp operators (including self-camping options)

A link to the ticketing portal will become available once tickets have gone on sale.

More information for spectators can be found in the spectator section of this website.

What are the funds raised through the Rhino Charge used for?

Since 1989, the funds raised by Rhino Charge competitors have been used for Rhino Ark projects, such as the construction and maintenance of the Aberdare Electric Fence, and supporting conservation activities within the Aberdare ecosystem, including amongst the neighbouring communities. In 2010, Rhino Ark formally committed to supporting conservation in the Mt. Kenya and Mau Eburu ecosystems. Funds raised will be used for this purpose, in addition to ongoing conservation support for the Aberdare Mountain Range and the maintenance of the existing electric fence.

The money raised through the Vehicle Pass, known as the Landowner Access Fee (LAF) goes directly to the host community of the Rhino Charge. The money is then used for community projects, such as the construction of school classrooms or the installation of a borehole. This is a very important contribution and an exceptional way of saying thank you to the host community for letting us run the Rhino Charge on their land.

Finally, the money raised through the entry ticket fee is used towards the running costs of the event.

I want to compete in the Rhino Charge. How do I become a competitor?

In the interests of ecological conservation and due to the nature of the ground to be covered, the organisers limit the number of entries to 65 cars. Entries are accepted on a strict policy of “First Come – First Served” within the following categories until the maximum is reached:

  • Before 1 July of each year: All entries from the previous Rhino Charge who raised in excess of KES 2 million shillings are offered automatic entry and need to confirm their entry in the next event before the 1st July.
  • Between 1 July and 31 July: Entrants pledging a minimum of KES 1.5 million.
  • Between 1 August and 30 August: Entrants pledging a minimum of KES 1.25 million.
  • Between 1 September and 30 September – Entrants pledging a minimum of KES 1 million.
  • From 1 October onwards – Entrants pledging a minimum of KES 750,000.

Any Entrants who have entered in categories 1 – 5 as listed above, who fail to reach their pledged sponsorship, may be prevented from starting, and may also be refused entry to future events.

To learn more about the entry requirements, please visit the competitor page on our website.

Who organises the Rhino Charge?

The Rhino Charge is a fundraising event for the Rhino Ark Kenya Charitable Trust and is organised by a committee of professional volunteers from various disciplines under the Rhino Ark umbrella. Each member of this dedicated team offers his or her free time, expertise and resources to ensure that the event is run successfully and to the highest standards. Find out more about the organisers here.