Rhino Charge Tickets
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.
Please do NOT attempt to come to the venue if you have not made your purchase through the Rhino Charge Ticketing Portal.
Strictly no exceptions!
The 2021 Rhino Charge will adhere to all the government protocols for Covid-19.
Please read the summary of Covid-19 protocols that will apply to everyone entering the venue.
For more information on the new bubble system that will also be in place please read the Covid-19 Protocols. We encourage everyone coming to the Rhino Charge to be respectful of each other to keep themselves and those around them safe.
Please also be aware that the Covid-19 Protocols are subject to change and any changes will be communicated by email.
Rhino Charge FAQs
About the Rhino Charge
Rhino Ark is a charitable trust registered as a Charity in Kenya, UK (Charity No. 1047083) and the 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 was 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 the rhino was 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 a 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 the 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 Kenya Charitable Trust please visit: www.rhinoark.org
The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road 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 for the conservation activities of the Rhino Ark Kenya 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 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.
A Memorandum of Understanding is signed between the rightful landowners/management with landowner agreement and Rhino Charge officials, a copy of which can be availed on request. It is also necessary to attach to this MoU a copy of the conservancy/community minutes of a meeting confirming the agreement to hold the event which must be attended and recorded by all interested parties.
The funds which are raised for the community come through what we call the LAF (LandOwners Access Fee). Every vehicle which enters the event must have purchased a LAF and they are given a sticker as proof of payment. Payment is made through the online booking system using either MPESA or VISA. The visitors bring their voucher number and present that on arrival and in an exchange are given the LAF sticker which they must display on the windscreen of the vehicle. The rates per vehicle are:
- KES 10,000/- per vehicle for less than 6 seats in use
- KES 20,000/- vehicles using between 6 – 12 seats
- KES 30,000/- for vehicles with 13 or more seats in use.
The total amount raised will depend on the number of vehicles which come to the event, so the amounts cannot be known for sure, but this is usually between KES 4,000,000/- and KES 4,500,000/-.
The conservancy board along with the community will need to have agreed on what the funds raised will be used for and declare this to Rhino Ark before the monies are disbursed. Rhino Ark / Charge prefer that these funds are used for activities which benefit the area or community at large rather than individuals.
The Rhino Charge is a nationally recognised event and receives wide local and international press coverage and exposure, this helps with exposure and awareness for the area and helps to promote tourism and recreational activities. In addition, we promote the sale of traditional beadwork and local crafts and encourage the women’s groups to sell their products at the entry gate. We assist with the provision of a tent and direct the visitors past these displays. Furthermore, the visitors do purchase sheep and goats from the local community for nyama choma.
Access to the Rhino Charge
If you are a Competitor you can access the Rhino Charge venue between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs on Thursday 28th May 2020.
Spectators that have purchased a 3-night package are allowed to enter the venue between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs on the Friday 29th May 2020 ONLY. Spectators that have purchased a 2-night package are allowed to enter the venue between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs on the Saturday 30th May 2020 ONLY. Please refer to the dates and times indicated on your accommodation booking (including self-camping options).
If you don’t fit into either of the above categories please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for clarity on when you can gain access to the venue.
Please note that NOBODY will be allowed to enter the venue after 18:00hrs (6 pm) on any given day and there is no admission on Charge Day (31 May). This is for your safety.
No, it is not linked to a specific car/number plate but can only be used once to access the venue. Please however make sure that the person who made the LAF 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.
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
All Vehicles entering the Rhino Charge venue are required to purchase a Vehicle Pass – Landowner Access Fee (LAF) stickers at a rate of:
- Kshs 10,000 per vehicle (less than 6 seats)
- Kshs 20,000 per vehicle (between 6 – 12 seats)
- 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.
Yes. Children under 18 years of age can be added to an
individual/adult booking. Please note that a maximum of 3 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.
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 3 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).
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:
- Your ticket belongs to you
- Your Vehicle Pass (LAF) voucher belongs to you
- Your accommodation booking belongs to you
Please note that all children must also bring their I.D./Passport to the venue.
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.
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
Please note that the Rhino Charge ticket sales will close at midnight on 23 May 2020! Should tickets sell out before this date, the sales will close once all tickets are sold out.
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:
- An Entry Ticket (one ticket per adult)
- Vehicle Pass known as a Landowner Access Fee (LAF)
- Accommodation from accredited camp operators
PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
- Tickets are sold on a first come – first served basis
- A maximum of 750 persons will be admitted into the spectator camp
- No sale of tickets at the venue (only online)
- Once purchased tickets are not transferable or refundable
- Accommodation bookings for the spectator camp 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 midnight on 10 July 2021! Should tickets sell out before this date, the sales will close once all tickets are sold out.
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 and accommodation packages for the 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!
Yes, this is designed to limit the further growth of the event – not just in regard to spectators, but across the board – to allow for better administration and principally to ensure that the event remains environmentally friendly, safe, and sustainable.
Please note that the limited tickets are reserved for SPECTATORS only.
For the event, Rhino Charge comes with a medical facility and doctors to assist with any medical emergencies that may arise during the course of the event. In addition to providing medical services to the competitors and visitors, the medics also run some free community clinics to the local residents on the 2 days before the event, exact details are communicated and agreed through the foreman closer to the time so the community are aware and can benefit from this service.
In the aim to reduce the use of paper, we would like to discourage you from printing out your vouchers, but rather suggest that you save it to your phone before leaving for the venue. Note we can’t 100% guarantee mobile phone signal at check-in so it is important that you download it and save it to your phone before you leave an area with phone signal.
Spectator Camping at the Rhino Charge
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
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.
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.