Rhino Charge in a Nutshell3rd May, 2018
If you know me, you know that I love anything to do with cars & racing! Wueh! As a kid I was always in the mix when it came to ‘Rally Mwitu’ challenges with my Ka-toy car. Back then, the Safari rally was the only race we looked forward to. Form ilikuwa kuamka earlier than Maasai wa Esto na kuelekea vantage point to catch the action. After the race, you would go home, covered in dust, ready for duf mpararo. It was the one time you could swim in mud bila kuendea kichapo ukifika home.
As a side note, isn’t it amazing how we’d prepare a whole week for those tumflashes of action? Life was simple. Life was beautiful. Life was simple and beautiful 🙂
Fast forward to 2018. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to motorsports – autocross, rally, rhino charge – na khadalika. Today, we’ll be focusing on Rhino charge. This is an annual off-road 4×4 competition held in Kenya that requires entrants to visit 13 guard posts scattered over approximately 100 km² of rough terrain within a 10 hour period. (Sema intense!) The event is organized to raise funds in support of activities for the Rhino Ark Kenya Charitable Trust, towards the conservation/protections of Kenya’s mountain range ecosystems, the so-called “Water Towers”.
It’s also a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the baddest mean machines in action. One minute the cars are on the road, the next they are hanging on a cliff, doing the Odi dance, driving at mind boggling angles.
There’s nothing like watching the race in action. You get to camp out in the wild and meet new and interesting people. The best part about attending this event is being part of an activity that has been conserving our water towers since 1989. Don’t know about you, but knowing my cash is going into doing some good while I have an amazing experience at it gives me LIFE! na nitaenda kujiachilia mwenda! Sore throat na mimi one side!
Usually, the location is kept a secret ndio msikuje kuturn it into a ‘Cheers Baba Vashaz weekend getaway’ (You guy my guy, why do we do this by the way?). It’ll be disclosed as we inch super close to the event; but all I can say is rent a hardy car sababu our Proboxes, Vitz na blue Subarus hazitamake my fren’. That terrain is no joke!
Slots are limited and this is one of those things you’re expected to brag about because it’s the Tomorrowland of Motorsports. Sio kama wengine wenu; mkienda event flani that rhymes with ‘orodha’ hamshikiki hahaha (me included) Nimeenda. ?
Don’t forget to head over to our ticketing portal and register by 25th May, 12 PM, halafu tupatane race day, 2nd June. Can’t wait to see you there Fam. Dress like someone ready for outdoor action.
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