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    We are pleased to announce that the owners of the Berakah Trial near Parys agreed to allow Megaworld Vaal to conditionally re-open the Rhino Challenge.

    During the past few months we have been exploring this subject and understood very well the concerns that the owners had regarding, what had previously been referred to as, "one of the three terror trails in SA". Safety is top priority and for this reason strict qualifying criteria will be applied before a team of of our marshalls will accompany interested participants to the Rhino Challenge. We are in the final stages of defining these, but the items most likely included will be:-

    1. Mechanically sound vehicles, preferably with at least a 2" lift and diff lockers rear (and possibly front as well).
    2. Level 1 Offroad Driving certification
    Experienced Marshalls will be guiding the driver up and down the Rhino. We are exploring the feasability of arranging standby medical assistance in case of emergency. Recovery and safety equipment will be standard on the day of the event. It goes without saying that the use of liquer will be strictly forbidden prior to ascending or descending the Rhino.

    During the past weeks we studied the trail carefully and drove a Landcruiser Pickup (standard suspension, difflocks front and rear, BFG A/T) as well as a heavily modified Jeep Wrangler JK (4" + 2" Lift, Lockers front and rear, BFG MT's) up and down the Rhino. Getting up and down safely left us with a healthy degree of respect for this challenging trail.

    The Rhino Challenge is NOT to be underestimated in any way and is most certainly one of the most challenging that we have driven.

    We will keep you updated on progress and post pictures of the recent trial runs that were completed. These two vehicles were No's 86 & 87 over the past 10 years and the only two vehicles in more than two years.

    The trial has changed due to the weather and we are convinced that any previous successful attempts will not necessarily guarantee success on the current Rhino.

    Watch this space for announcements regarding the dates on which the Rhino Challenge will be open to qualifying participants. The first date is likely to be towards the end of March and is likely to be repeated every six or eight weeks.


    Photos to follow shortly with a video following within the next few days.

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    Herewith pics as promised of the attempts that were successfully made on 23 Jan and 7 Feb.






















































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    Thumbs up

    Well done on making the effort, and also taking the responsibility, to keep one of South Africa's most famous obstacles alive!

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    Jis dit lyk woes, man moet sy storie ken. Wel done.
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    I WONDER .........will my BARBIE make it

    keep us updated.

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    Great! Please keep us posted.
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    Very, very well done on taking the initiative to help preserve one of the most daunting obstacles in South Africa.

    Good luck with your endeavor, and let me know if I can come and try it sometime ...

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    My attempt
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    Quote Originally Posted by riceburner View Post
    my attempt
    and how was it ,did u make it or not
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    No, my fuel from my main tank ran back into the spare tank. Hilux cut out and couldnt start. It was fun going down backwards with no powerbrakes or power steering.
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    Riceburner, I don't even want to begin imagining what it felt like running backwards off the Rhino under those conditions. I experienced a cut out whilst ascending the "Koos se Klim" at Moegatle sometime ago and will NEVER forget that helpless feeling! I was not even far up, when it happened. And of course, the surface at Koos se Klim is 100 times more smooth than the Rhino. I take my hat off to you, that's for sure!
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    I even called my insurance company letting them know I that I might be rolling my hilux. Luckly I got down with a sweaty brow and a bit of a shake.
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    Herewith video of the Genesis ascending the Rhino Challenge....

    http://www.youtube.com/user/JeepJKGe.../0/DkE3VZoKCR4

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    That Jeep makes it look easy.
    Was any coffee spilt?
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    No coffee spilt! (But that had more to do with good fortune as opposed to skill!! )

    That is one scary challenge, Rob. I would be interested in knowing what people think of the Rhino in its current state versus when they had driven it previously.
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    I only came to SA when the Rhino was already closed,so I've only seen it in its present state. But I did find some pics,gotta find them...
    But one in particular one I remember-it looks a lot 'smoother' than now.

    I heard the last guy to to it before it was closed used a standard Def 110,but mangled all the drive train,but he did it.
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    I have watched the video footage many times now and also played out the whole experience a few times in my minds-eye. What makes the Rhino a special challenge is the fact that the hill falls away to the right so your car is leaning over most of the time (to the right if you are heading up). Then the unevenness of the surface and the looseness of the surface introduces traction problems. There are two major steps on the Rhino, the first one which needed a little more momentum than what I applied on the first approach. Once over that the car needs to be carefully positioned to angle in from the far right of the track through the middle of the second step and to the left hand side of the track. It is steep climb and again traction or lack thereof becomes a problem whilst the car is leaning to the right all the time. I left the original sound track on the video and you will hear my brother warning at some point that the car is about to fall over. There are also two places on the original footage where the car lifts one wheel off the ground. The Genesis has a lot of travel on its suspension and that serves to show how much the car actually leans (also how dangerous the Rhino is).

    Johan (Lommies) did the Rhino in his Landcruiser bakkie a few weeks prior and unfortunately I was not present on the day. However, from the photos and stories that others present told I really salute him for having been able to do this in a vehicle that did not have any suspension upgrade fitted.

    Descending is obviously complicated as well. I will post some more detailed observations when the video editing has been completed and posted.
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    that looks amazing, that jeep is a properator
    looks like the kind of jol for my zuki to come try, with open diffs and very soft tyres
    well done to anyone who has made it up there in the past and a HUGE congrats to Johan for doing that in a std cruiser

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    Hey Mudz, you should avoid using such huge words as "properator" when talking to us Freestate boys!

    Yes, let me just say that I don't know how on earth Johan (Lommies) actually made it up there and down in one peace. By his own admission, he must have been either brave or dum?!

    I was watching the pics of your excursion last weekend and the Zuki has turned out to be one great machine. Congrats and keep those pics coming!!
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    I have walked the rhino last time we were at Berakah and I can guarantee that it is much worse than the pic's make it look, I would love to see someone drive up there. Definitely not impossible but very tough and dangerous.

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