The Spirit of Rhino Charge 2011


June 6, 2011 – It’s hard to believe that 22 years ago Rhino Charge only raised Ksh 200,000.  23 off-roading challenges later, Rhino Charge 2011 marks another record-breaking year raising Ksh 77,311,364 (Ksh 5 million more than last year).

Rhino Charge is known for being one of the most challenging off-roading experiences set in the unforgiving terrain of the Kenyan bush.  The 2011 edition of Rhino Charge was situated in Baringo where the terrain was extremely rocky with pockets of thick bush.  


Photo Credits: Susan Wong

 “Extremely rocky and challenging.  This is definitely the toughest Rhino Charge ever,” said  Dominic Rebello of Car No. 41. 

Many drivers echoed Rebello’s sentiments about how tough the course was.

Aside from the adrenaline-packed action, scenic views, putting your bush craft to the test, battling thorns and insects, engine failure, punctures, holed radiators, and driving without brakes – just to name a few; Rhino Charge is also a time to reflect on our dwindling resources and how the community can conserve them.

After the successful completion of the Rhino Ark Aberdare Electric Fence Project,  Rhino Ark’s efforts to protect the “water towers” of Kenya continue with fencing projects in Mt. Kenya and Mau Eburu.

The Mt. Kenya project, encircling 2,000 km2 of diverse and impressive landscapes, will require Ksh 1 billion and 5 years to complete.  The Mau Eburu project will take approximately 12 months to complete and will require Ksh 100 milion.

RHINOCHARGE20_904041394.jpgOut of more than 60 teams, the overall winner of Rhino Charge 2011 was Mark Glen of Car No. 48, whilst Alan McKittrick and his Car No. 5 team secured the highest cash sponsorship at a whopping Ksh 11.5 million.

The Coupe Des Dames trophy went to Caroline Armstrong and her Car No. 19 team.

The Rob Combes Perpetual Trophy, which celebrates the spirit of the Charge in the memory of Rhino Charge co-founder Rob Combes was awarded to the Zambia’s Car No. 14.  Peter Castle and his team spent 5 days driving from Zambia to Kenya and experienced major difficulties at the Kenyan border, but still managed to compete and was the highest placing international team.

Rhino Charge was founded in 1989 and is an annual event held in Kenya.  All of the funds raised go to the Rhino Ark, a charitable trust founded in 1988 to support conservation in Kenya.  Rhino Ark and its partners successfully completed the Aberdare Electric Fence Project in 2009.













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  • Kariuki Waweru

    Well done for bringing us great updates. This kid a worth cause! We surely will ensure that we provide the necessary eco friendly portable power for the next charge…

  • Kavuvali

    I really have a very bad feeling about the CJ in relation to this petition. Former boss of FORD Foundation? His chief of staff former director of AFRICOG who have also file a petition and whose current directors include Pseudo civil rights crusaders like John Githongo, Maina Kiai, Gladwell Otieno and the like!!!??? You can tell a man by the company he keeps and old habits don’t die easily. I am an optimist though and i will give Mutunga, whom by the way we come from the same county, benefit of doubt.

  • DwMugambi

    Probably as chairman of the highest court in the land,the Hon. Mutunga should disqualify himself for simple reason he has now six judges including himself because the seventh judge has note yet been appointed. He should set a bench of an odd number of judges excluding himself for voting purposes to avoid a tie vote (3versus3). DM

    • MuchNo

      Spot on!

      • If thats the case can get rid of one judge, and still vote if its all about odd numbers……

        • MuchNo

          The point is not about CJ Mutunga getting rid of one of the judges so that he can vote! Despite people not finding Dann Mwangi palatable, he does cite some worrying examples from the public domain that indicate that Dr Mutunga is not entirely unbiased in his personal (not professional) opinion.

          So that the ruling – whichever way it goes – can remain one that is viewed as having been judged fairly – without any reasonable doubt – if he has any just and unbiased intentions, the CJ should exclude himself from the hearing. The intent of having a bench of odd number would be an excuse that would establish him as a just, fair and unbiased professional from whatever approach one would want to examine him.

          Suffice it to say that this is a case that the world watches with bated breath. If Dr Mutunga does not exclude himself from the hearing, IEBC and Jubilee have grounds for accusing him (retrospectively) of being on record as having bias. If Dr Mutunga does exclude himself from the hearing CORD may suggest that he was complicit in their grounds for bringing the case in the first place.

          Whichever way the decision goes, he needs to man-up and show himself as someone Kenya can rely on for justice – no matter what skeletons his past as an activist (and ill-timed statements) may reveal. His record as a CJ thus far is nowhere near stellar, and this may be a decisive moment in his career as leader of the country’s judiciary.

    • omich

      who told you there was going to be a tie vote. there is no case here you sell outs. we shall catch up with you mzungu gold diggers.

    • It will surely be a tie, no doubt.

  • Mr. Mwangi, You may be a learned lawyer thus qualified to be a judge. As such, you know better than an Engineer like me that your dissatisfaction with Mutunga’s credibility seems to be banking on quotations from books; one written by a hysterical and disgraced defender of Raila turned dog of war against his former boss due to clipping and consequent sacking from his previously prestigious position.

    If Mutunga is to step aside from the case because of your flimsy argument, then so should Njoki Ndung’u due to her former activities (including being nominated to parliament) in the politics of this country and her close proximity to the Mount Kenya politicians who are now in Jubilee.

    You ought to have raised such issues during the appointment of the Judges and not
    at this time when the autonomy of the Supreme Court and by extension the
    integrity of it’s office holders is in question.

    It is disgusting to find elites in the society turn to partisan propagandists more so during such an important moment in the judicial and political history of this country.




  • kagana

    Well, about our cj me-think he is above board and i think we should wait for justice either-ways law is an ass anybody schooled is aware,guys we got the best brains at work,we have a chance to make history and law reference in future for the learned friends to refer to. the cj must be in that bench if any reason bars him then so does Mohamed who i think have worked with this iebc man issa,so lets hold our horses or is it as!!!!!!s.

  • nyakenda

    What does the law say about Judges and their opinion and or friends? Judges don’t come from planet Mars, they are breed here and have friends and a history. And why does the writer wants us to believe the authors of the various books/ biographies (these are not gospel truths) he has quoted. If we follow this myopic reasoning then all the Judges will be disqualified, since they have had association and interactions with Raila, Uhuru and Ahmed over the years. Let us learn to trust our institutions and the persons appointed therein.

  • george Orao

    It is good kenyans are now maturing in the political approach on issues.what we now need is to leave the legal institutions alone to do their work.let us not judge judges of the supreme court before they even start the exercise.Please let us be patient and wait for the outcome of the court.Rowa Orao .Nyahera kisumu.

  • mishi

    Kenyans we must not forget we have SUPREME JUDGE OF ALL TIMES in whichever way the Kenyan Highest court will decide remember THE SJ.

  • Alex Jamba

    I find your argument baseless. similar to giving so many reasons as to why IEBC should not hold another election if the past one was rigged with their Knowledge

  • I fully concur with the authors opinion, going by the past public proclamation from the Chief Justice as well as his past civil society activism, I highly doubt he will be impartial on this matter. It is not a secret that he is a political admirer of Hon. Raila Odinga who is a complainant in this matter. Bearing in mind that his overall position in the Judiciary wields a lot of power and influence, it is unlikely that he would not attempt to apply his position in order to determine the outcome of this position. I therefore suggest that he sit out of this petition and let the rest of the Judges give their determination.

    • omich

      “Even if Christ’s death could have been prevented, Judas
      would still have been a traitor”

  • mkenya

    DR. Willy mtunga was the man behind narc in 2002 ..because he was and he is a friend to kibaki and raila that 2007 passed like that ..he needs to make things right ……….

  • Sputnik

    I disagree with you Mwangi in TOTALITY.Why?
    1. Its totally bullshit to disqualify yourself as a judge reason “I HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR HIM” (the dumbest argument I have ever heard of)
    2. Who tells you that the other five have nothing beneath their sleeves?
    3.Dude the judgement is not going to be a one man affair.Out of the six the majority decision rules.He’s only got one single vote.

  • kipkemboi

    I am a kalenjin but I got to agree.This man Dan Mwangi was so tribal during his days as the chairman of SONU.Shut up dude you should be ashamed of yourself first

  • Jared Waswa

    I’m not surprised by Mr Dann Mwangi’s beefing, the fellow is what can for the extremist in negative ethnic issues sense, I have always followed his views with apprehension as he always plays up the ethnic thing when ever he writes.
    He is the same character who was dead set against an Barack Obama, win in the USA.

    Jared Waswa, –e-mail [email protected]

    • Thumbelina

      Let’s laugh at this Dann Mwangi:D:D:D He was against the election of Barrack Obama. The guy was runnin for president of US of A, not this tribalistic country, 254.

  • George

    I think some of you need to understand that there’s a difference on one’s opinion and one’s professional duty. Mutunga and all these Judges voted for their candidates but when it comes to the petition, they have to use their heads and not their hearts as you are doing. That is their call of duty.

  • George

    Kikuyus will always be kikuyus until we will dislodge them from the presidency. If it ever happens, forget of ever getting closer to that seat again. Kenyans have now gotten a clear picture of who you are – wolfs in the sheepskin

    • suluhisho

      So tribal, listen to yourself.

    • Gabby

      Is CORD’s petition about tribe? George you undoubtedly make it so!

    • Thumbelina

      Like someone said earlier on here, kenya has 42 tribes, not 1… I may not know the author of this article, but he sure oozes ‘mudu wa nyumba’

    • tmc

      dear George, Wats with the hatred? Be proud of your tribe and love others.

    • Kenyan

      Ur hatred sounds like Hitler’s hatred for Jews. It will burn u from within.

    • That is hate speech, refrain from this please, you are contributing to a vice that is about to end. Are you not aware that Kenya has a new constitution?

    • u tell me u hate me for just being a kikuyu even though u don’t know me n have never met me?

  • chumbibye

    well, those who were with you at uon say you were so tribalistic as the sonu chairman, a reason why me thinks you should disqualify yourself from any debates involving the impending dispute. wot do you say on that?

    • Akinyi


      • Kefa

        A good One!

        You Guy!

  • jina

    you shut the fuck law we dont argue the way you do..go back to school and learn law my friend..just young boy smking weed and claiming to be talkin law,,you cant compare yourself to the are showing how foolish and barbaric you are..

  • farodhis

    Dann,just see the sources u r relying on. Can you go back and read ur notes coz u r suffering from scarcity mentality.

  • what about njoki ndungu who was pro pnu while working with uhuru we know where her vote lie can she also disqualify herself ?

    • Kefa

      True tht!

  • if we go this route the all bench might as well disqualify themselves

  • Mazzdark

    Problem No. 1 is quoting Miguna Miguna, Problem No.2 is you can’t possibly be objective yourself, Problem No. 3 is the close vicinity of your office to Caledonia Estate……..

  • If past deeds and affiliations are to be put in factor here then one DANN MWANGI should be the last person to speak here. Please Sir just remind us of your own record in SONU with regards to leadership and we will be glad to accept your opinion of others.

  • modekali

    Dan Mwangi, the tribal chief from UoN now has a say about morality? We never forget you for all the bad reasons.

  • If you apply these premises fairly across the board then you effectively disqualify the whole bench and pretty much most Kenyans and foreigners. He, like anyone else who chooses to, can examine facts and draw conclusions based upon the facts, prejudices and opinions not withstanding.

  • John Kariuki

    Who do you think you are to display your pathetic lack of intelligence in public!?

  • Mjwenge

    I totallydisagree with Dan Mwangi commentary, I think this are far-fetched just
    confabulation with no basis, the matter at hand are of National concern and CJ
    plays a big role to shaping the nation and its democracy, I am not being tribal
    but what I can say I wouldn’t like even
    to read anything from a Kikuyu because
    we are not feeling safe, we feel like we
    are still in 1940s to 50s. I hope you know that right?

    It is time when
    the right thing should be done to free Kenya.

  • This a Jubilee mole. trying to soil the supreme court and CJ. utter nonsense. They will not make any ruling without the constitution as the basis and backed by the evidence provided by the parties involved. It is the petitioners burden to proof their case. So why drag the Hon. CJ in to your warped thinking. wacha ufala boss, kenya is bigger than you and the people you represent.

  • Nyawawa

    Tribal Opinion. Learned or not, Tribalism still lingers. Quite a shame @dan mwangi @google-2168c7a6251d232d2672450c55226b85:disqus @facebook-100003976107129:disqus

    • nicholas Ngugi

      I will not hide my name so you do not call me tribal.What the CJ did was alarmist.

      • Lucy

        Please support you claims, don’t just state it and leave it at that bana!

  • It won’t be easy for the CJ to convince the other judges to rule in favour of cord,hopefully.

    • upuzi_tele

      he doesn’t have to convince them, they all have their independent minds. And thank God you are not one of them.

  • Bernard Kipkemoi

    hahaha what is this nigga saying? he quotes miguna, your piece is just subjective and baseless. you dont know what you are writing. you just dont like Rao.

  • TMC

    CJ is a Kenyan and is expected to have an opinion. If he believe Raila would be the next president then its his opinion and he has a right to do so. All those judges that will be on the bench will definitely have a favorite but that does not mean they will not put this country before themselves. That is why they are reforming the judiciary to make sure that we have judges that put the society before their own agenda. Let us all wait for there decision and respect it.

  • Mimi

    It had to be a ‘Dann Mwangi’ writing this!!

  • waste of reading time.. we knew you well at sonu..

  • Seriously? you want to make claims and use Miguna’s book as your base? u got to be kidding me!!!!!


    what u r asking is inevitable.there are better born lawyers than you.unfortunately the cj has to to be there and its not you to decide who to be there or not.let us kenyans be patriotic .if there is need to address mistakes done ,lets accept.let us be people who want to look for sustainable and long lasting solutions to rectify MISTAKES

  • Julu Gotti

    Full of political, overtones, maybe then njoki ndungu as she worked with PNU, why are people running scared, if we delve into each of these we will find relationships with almost all politicians

  • The CJ as the head of The Supreme court, counts and has the overall decision on who seats at the bench thus in those previous books you have quoted please note the ENIGMA was published before CJ was accorded the powers and we have no proof of Miguna’s book because he is a person that Kenyan cant vest a vital trust in his work as a writer.
    Dr.Willy Mutunga as a Kenyan has a right for his personal view which is
    different from him as The Chief Justice thus lets face the Courts
    positively knowing that the Bench will vote and Willy is just part of
    the Six bench judges.

  • Daniella

    Kenyans Kenyans why are we so tribal surely, Do you know nowadays you cannot even quote a bible verse because people will interpret it politically. I don’t know this author but for crying out loud you don’t have to insult him just because he expressed what he feels. I sincerely feel that we lack etiquette and we should watch our language.
    So what even if Raila or Uhuru wins?? So what?? Ask yourselves??
    If Mutunga Decides to form part of the bench and trully he knows he may be compromised, just leave him to do so…law will catch up with him one day

    PRAY FOR KENYA…am working for refugees and am sure you are not ready to be one!!

    • upuzi_tele

      @Daniella, I dont think you can handle Kenyan politics. Just continue helping the refugees and leave politics those who can handle it.

      • Daniella

        @upuzi, thats where you go wrong, almost 90% of the world refugees are caused by political wars…that’s why am a politician in the best way i know i how…

  • Dave

    Giving an opinion is different from professional work for example the other judges also voted for different candidates maybe even jubilee so why should they also be allowed to sit in the bench???

  • kamwangi

    Dann Mwangi… Hmmmmm what a poorly researched article and a waste of time. You have failed to impress brother.

  • Nyangau

    Do you even listen to your thoughts? or your are blinded by the opinion of others…who Quotes Miguna in their articles…nkt!

  • You have hit the nail on the head

    • Lucy

      Support you claim…

  • the judges will base their decision on hard facts so they should be no reason for Dann Mwangi to ask the cj to disqualify himself. Should the author of this article Mr Dann Mwangi disqualify himself from writing this article because he is from the same community as Uhuru? NO he should not. Should the judges that come from the same community as Uhuru, Ruto, Kalonzo and Raila disqualify themselves? No they should not.
    The case is not complex, a reasonable man can judge the case.

  • Ernest

    the CJ is not listening or judging the petition alone there r other members of the supreme court! when mentioning him alone is hate speech coz u r seeing him from his tribal perspective other than ethics of his job!! your statement is baseless n the only thing i can see is a kiuk defending one of his!! if u r conversant with our constitution chapter six which talks about integrity the president-elect could have been bold enough to first finish the icc case then if cleared come n seek to be elected!

  • ‘Justice was for the unjust” But things change! I guess justice will be for all-“muhini na muhiniwa njia zao ni moja”

  • lukati

    We passed that propaganda

  • Nelly Nyangorora

    kenya will be safe without tribalists like you!

  • lukati

    Its all about constitution and the laws of this land ,you so tribal


    nonsense,thot there are 6 of them,can his vote really count if the 5 can sgree! tel us something beta! anyway it must be A MWANGI!

  • I have read the article and most of the comments and most of you guys instead commenting on the merits/demerits of Dan’s writting, you attack his person with some going as far as tribal hate. You cannot contribute to the development of this great nation by not applying your brain and contributing objectively to matters at hand.

    • chumbibye

      though most people do this, the fact is you cannot preach waterwhile you yourself drink wine. you lead by example.if the author used to harass and intimidate his colleagues in college just because they were from different tribes then who is he to criticize the cj? a case of having to remove a log from your own eye before proceeding to remove in ua neighbours……

      • I don’t hold brief for Dan for even for a moment by rather what i wanted was for a moment pretend that it was written by someone else and critic the blog from that premise.

  • Akinyi

    Dann you cant just go quoting Miguna’s Book.. An the other Enigma book i did it as a case study in school and Willy Mutunga was not even the CJ then.. The bench will have 6 judges who voted for their favorite, should we disqualify them all?

  • ochimi

    Mr Lawyer…your name clearly suggests where your weight is and why u are worried about the Cj.if your reasoning is left to stand the simple argument would be that all the judges disqualify themselves since they all participated in the last election as voters for one of the candidates now in court…please allow the court process to end and avoid skewed arguments that only end up confusing we laymen..

  • Sidney Allen

    Great. If we follow through with such reasoning, you won’t find anyone to sit on that bench. e..g. Should Njoki Ndung’u sit? Is her new baby’s dad related to anyone whose friends with Uhuru’s Godfather?

  • doreen

    Do another article about Njoki Ndungu…………..and tell us why she too shouldn’t sit on that bench;J.B Ojwang and P.K Tunou should leave because of their ethnic backgrounds……….that leaves two judges…keep digging…..GIVE US A BREAK!

  • James Keitany

    I love those pictures and quess what people this is my backyard and its the place I trully cherish to call my home rugged and dry as it is but am very proud to be associated with this place called Tuluk & Yatia in Baringo Country. Thanks Susan for posting such nice pixs kudos

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