Action-packed Weekend Ahead As Rhino Charge Heads to Baringo County
By Cheryl Otieno
Nairobi 15 July 2021: The 32nd edition of the Rhino Charge, Kenya’s unique off-road competition will take place this coming Saturday, 17th July 2021, at the Sabor and Bekibon Communities area in Baringo County. The competition has attracted a record entry of 44 cars.
The event has been organised at the time when Covid-19 pandemic has brought much restrictions on public gatherings globally. To secure the safety of all participants as well as the host community, very elaborate protocols have been developed by the Organising Committee in consultation with the relevant government ministries and the County Government of Baringo.
For instance, to be allowed inside the Rhino Charge venue, a person must provide a certificate of complete vaccination or a negative PCR test conducted within the past 96 hours. Other precautions observed include establishment of exclusion bubbles across the event, face masking, frequent handwashing, sanitisation and avoidance of unnecessary contact.
Last year, the event was cancelled for the first time since it was started 32 years ago in light of the health and reputational risks associated with the pandemic. Over the past one year, the Organising Committee has kept under review the risks involved in holding such events as well as the experience gained from similar events.
Rhino Ark seeks to create a win-win equilibrium that balances the needs of local communities with the goal of protecting nature. To date Rhino Ark has built 650 km of electric fences and through the fencing programmes, over 80,000 families are being protected from the dangers of human-wildlife conflicts.
Rhino Ark’s electric fences protect critical mountain forests that are the ‘water towers’ of Kenya. These mountain forests are vital ecosystems that support the country’s economic development and the well-being of most Kenyans. Together with the Aberdares, Mt. Kenya and the Mau Forest – the three mountain ecosystems where Rhino Ark operates – provide yearly ecological services to Kenya worth a staggering amount of KES 412 billion ($4.12 billion).