Rhino Charge

Where does the money for the conservancy/community go?

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.

How are the funds for the conservancy raised and who collects them?

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 CARD. 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/-.

What is the form of the agreement between Rhino Ark and the conservancy/community?

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.

How does the Rhino Charge raise money?

Each competition car (of which there are 65) raises money, they have to raise a minimum amount in order to take part in the event – this money goes to Rhino Ark

Where is the Rhino Charge?

The venue for the Rhino Charge is kept secret until a few days before the event. Only email addresses that have registered and purchased tickets will receive the details of this year’s venue.

Does the Rhino Charge competition car need a LAF?

The Rhino Charge competition car does not need a LAF (Vehicle Pass) to access the venue. If the competition car is being carried on the back of a lorry the lorry will still require a LAF to access the venue.

What is the Rhino Charge?

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. 

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:

  • 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 27 May 2022! 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?

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 midnight on 27 May 2021! Should tickets sell out before this date, the sales will close once all tickets are sold out.