AfrikaBurn is the biggest party under the African sun.

AfrikaBurn2It rates as one of the world’s weirdest festivals,  AfrikaBurn is Burning Man’s largest regional event and is held in Tankwa, South Africa during the end of April to early May (bang in the middle of the country’s beautiful winter). 

Created with the intention that it would serve as a vehicle for the creation and co-ordination of an independent South African Burning Man regional event, Afrika Burn has been running since 2007, with all events to date held on a private farm called Stonehenge, which is adjacent to the Tankwa Karoo National Park. The farm is very isolated, as it is situated half-way along the R355, a 250 km long untarred road between Calvinia and Ceres in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.


Pictures from this year’s edition revealed some fairly interesting and impressive art and various forms of creative expression much like what we see at Black Rock City.

Similar to its mother festival, AfrikaBurn adheres to the ten principles of Burning Man like – Leave no Trace, Philosophy, self-expression, self-reliance, and communal effort. The event has been running from 2007 and aims to be “radically inclusive and accessible to anyone”. 

Nothing is for sale but ice at the event. Nothing. There are no vendors, no advertising or branding. It just doesn’t fit in. It’s not even a barter economy – it’s a de-commodified zone with a gift economy that’s about giving without expecting anything in return.

Simply put, the festival is participant oriented  that experiments with community building, creativity and self reliance among the citizens of Tankwa Town in Karoo once a year.

tanwka town

A bird’s eye view of Tankwa Town, Karoo.

Afrika Burn - donnie darko

A Robot Easter Bunny or Donnie Darko’s favourite alter ego? You choose.

Afrika Burn - People of Afrika Burn

People of AfrikaBurn, unite!

Afrika burn san clan

San Clan. It is designed to look like a San rock art glyph of a group of people. The intention is to convey the idea of unity and community at the event.

Afrika Burn death ride

Fancy a death ride, love?

Afrika burn deathride2

What about this death ride?

Lose yourself. Find yourself. @ AfrikaBurn

Afrika Burn - Airport

So Tankwa has it’s own airport. Oooo K ….

Afrika burn - High Taxi

Pun not intended.

Afrika Burn - Half woman half flamingo

Half woman. Half Flamingo?

Afrika Burn - Purple wedding

A Purple Wedding. Where’s Joeffrey?


Images Courtesy : Buzzfeed & AfrikaBurn

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