Rhino Charge

Rhino Charge 2024 - 1st June 2024

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Where can I camp as a Spectator?

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.

When can I come to the Rhino Charge?

If you are a Camp Operator, Competitor, Checkpoint Officer & Checkpoint Sponsor you can access the Rhino Charge venue between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs on Wednesday 29th May 2024.

Spectators that have purchased a 3-night package are allowed to enter the venue between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs on Thursday 30th May 2024 ONLY. Spectators that have purchased a 2-night package are allowed to enter the venue between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs on Friday 31st May 2024 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 info@rhinocharge.or.ke 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 (1 June 2-24). This is for your safety.

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: admin@rhinocharge.or.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.

What is Rhino Ark?

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

What Spectator accommodation options are available for the Rhino Charge?

Accommodation details will be added once confirmed.

The accommodation rates are payable as follows:

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

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;

• 75% refund if booking cancelled on or after 1st April but before or on 15th April 2024;
• 50% refund if booking cancelled on or after 16th April but before or on 30th April 2024;
• 25% refund if booking cancelled on or after 1st May but before or on 15th May 2024;
• No refund if the booking is cancelled on or after 16th May 2024.

Disclaimer: Please note that the Rhino Charge does not assume any liability for the 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 the 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.