The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road motorsport competition held in Kenya in which entrants are required to visit 13 points (guard posts) scattered over approximately 100 km² (about 38.61 miles) of rough terrain within a 10 hour period.
Entrants are supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of the venue, co-ordinates of the 13 guard posts and their start position the night before the event. Each competitor must plot the guard posts on the map and decide his/her route. The winner is the competitor who visits the most guard posts in the shortest distance (GPS measured). The event is organised in order to raise funds to support the activities of the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, an NGO which works towards a noble cause: the conservation and protections of Kenya’s mountain range ecosystems, the so-called “Water Towers.
Although the end-goal is to raise money to save Rhinos and other animals, the charge is considered tons of fun. After all, who wouldn’t like dashing through the mud, trying to outdo other teams in a bid to be named the winner? Definitely an opportunity to race through mud, rocks and other terrain, test the hardiness of your vehicle, and determine just how ingeniously you can shorten the distance between 13 guard posts.
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