(Suleiman Munyua) – Whoever said that conservation of the environment was a boring affair clearly hasn’t heard about Rhino Charge.
Started over 22 years ago, the Rhino Charge is an entertaining off-road event that sets man and machine against the most challenging terrain the course-de-clerk throws their way. The aim of the Charge is to try and make it to as many “guard posts” as possible whilst covering the shortest distance possible. This usually takes drivers over hills, valleys, rivers and dry rocky river beds; all to the excitement of the thousands of fans who drive hundreds of kilometers every year to be part of this adrenaline-fueled annual event.
Away from the fun, behind the Charge is a serious purpose. The sole purpose of Rhino Charge is to conserve the environment. All proceeds raised from the event goes towards the activities of the Rhino Ark Trust, which has been tasked with building a fence around the key Kenyan water catchment areas.
To date, Rhino Ark Trust has completed building an electric fence around the Aberdares National Park, which has successfully reduced animal-human conflict, and people encroaching and destroying the important tree cover.
The Rhino Ark Trust has now been tasked with fencing Mount Eburu in the Mau Forest and Mount Kenya, of which 14 km has already been completed.
The 2012 edition of Rhino Charge managed to raise a whopping 84.2 million Kenya Shillings and the 2013 edition is set to hit an all-time record with both competitors and spectators geared-up and ready-to-go.
For the spectators, Rhino Charge offers the chance to get away from the usual hustle and bustle of Nairobi’s concrete jungle, and simply enjoy the great Kenyan outdoors. The opportunity to enjoy the best scenery, fresh air and great company has established Rhino Charge at the top of the list for those seeking thrilling and extraordinary adventures.
If you haven’t been to Rhino Charge, I suggest you try it out. It’s one of the few events in the world that combine fun, and an opportunity to meet new friends whilst contributing to conservation.
Capital FM has been an integral part of Rhino Charge for the last 6 years and will be there this year to bring you all the fun and action live on air. Tune into 98.4 Capital FM on the 1st of June from 7:00am or log on to www.capitalfm.co.ke/rhinocharge to keep up-to-date with the latest fun and excitement live from the venue.