From energetic fans, monstrous off-road vehicles, exciting showdowns to extreme and gravity-defying stunts in gruelling terrain, the 2018 Rhino Charge lived up to the hype.

Motorsport lovers and adrenaline junkies were treated to a gripping three-day off-road racing in Narok. Over 60 participants took part in the 30th edition showcasing their grit and driving skills on the terrain.

Mark Glen, driving car 48, won this year’s edition beating a host of other tough competitors visiting 13 posts in 31 kilometres.

The Rhino Charge is an annual off-road competition held in Kenya in which entrants are required to visit 13 points or guard posts scattered over approximately 100 kilometre square of tough terrain within a 10-hour period.

“What Rhino Ark does is so relevant especially in today’s environment. We have suffered massive rains in the last few weeks and months, long rains and lack of forest catchment or water catchment has resulted in flash floods and people dying and dams bursting and actually if there was proper water catchment in place, then this would reduce that risk and that’s why we do the rhino charge, people don’t understand it. People think that Rhino Charge is just a sport. It is not. It is a fundraiser, a harambee,” said David Law, course clerk.

Entrants are provided with a map and GPS coordinates of the 13 control points and each competing team decides the route they want to follow.

A participant wins after finishing at the control point where he started having visited all the other control points in the shortest distance. Christian Lambrechts, Executive Director of Rhino Ark said that the event is for a good cause.

“Since 1989, the Rhino Charge has brought 1.3 billion shillings in support of tje conservation work of Rhino Ark. with that, we have been able to fence the entire aberdares, 400 kilometres. We have been able to to complete the fence of Mawe Mbogo in the Mau Forest Complex, 43 kilometres, we have so far completed two fifths of the Mount Kenya fence that will become 450 kilometres,” he said.

The event is organised in order to raise funds to support the activities of the Rhino Ark Kenya Charitable Trust, an NGO working towards the cause of conserving and protection of Kenya’s water towers.

This year the event raised 1.8 million US dollars.