Ashdown Forest rally helps Kenyan wildlife

A Land Rover about to challenge the tough terrain at Pippingford Park
A Land Rover about to challenge the tough terrain at Pippingford Park

Pippingford Park will host the UK Rhino Charge on Sunday, September 22 as competitors use their four by fours to tackle an off-road course that challenges their skills of navigation, teamwork and perseverance.

The event will raise funds and awareness for Rhino Ark, a British conservation charity that undertakes groundbreaking conservation projects in Kenya. Rhino Charge is a world famous off-road motor sport event held annually in remote parts of Kenya.

The UK’s version will take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Ashdown Forest through a challenging series of obstacles and navigational activities. People can still register to take part.

Funds raised by both events will go to the conservation work of Rhino Ark in Kenya. The charity was formed in 1988 by conservationists who were alarmed by the ruthless poaching of Kenya’s black rhino – and other endangered species – in the Aberdare National Park. A 21-year project led to the successful completion of an electric fence which is almost 400km long and protects the vital ecosystem of the Aberdares and the small farms, outside the fence boundary, of the forest-edge communities. This is now recognised as the longest wildlife conservation fence in the world and the blueprint for the future of conservation in threatened forested areas.

Rhino Ark is now working on the comprehensive fencing of Mt Kenya and Mau Mt Eburu, two of Kenya’s vulnerable ecosystems. The fences are expected to be completed in four years. These projects are carried out in close partnership with the Kenyan government, through the ecosystem management authorities of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Kenya Forest Service (KFS).

Organisers say The Rhino Safari Run, which takes place at Pippingford Park near Nutley, is an ideal day out for families with four by fours as they can take part in escorted tours of the 1,500 acre Pippingford Park estate, taking in the views of wild deer, lakes, beech woods and open heather. There will also be the chance for the Safari Run participants to watch some of the Rhino Charge.

The weekend of events begins with a free fun run followed by a barbecue. The run is purely for fun and completely free; it gives participants the chance to take in the beautiful surroundings of the famous park, which recently hosted the gruelling Spartan Races.

Further information and details on how to apply for both the UK Rhino Charge and the Rhino Safari Run can be found at