AfrikaBurn is an annual event that takes place in April at the Tankwa Karoo National Park in South Africa. It is a Burning Man regional event that is open to all. Take part in a culturally diverse experience that highlights unboundaried art creation through the celebration of life, love and unity. The event has taken place since 2007 and continues to grow with the latest festival reaching a crowd of 13,000.
Each year, the AfrikaBurn adopts a new theme which embodies the inspiration of the event’s artwork. However, the theme is not enforced and the rules of the event are quite simple.
No money is allowed.
Event organizers encourage participants to celebrate with transparency. The AfrikaBurn does not have any vendors, branding, sponsors or anything for purchase. It centers around the gift of giving which is made possible through a wide array of artwork. Attendees are known to dress in elaborate costumes as they enjoy music and performances inside a temporary city of art.
Another cornerstone to this distinct event is the burning of the Clan sculpture. It is the physical representation of the spirit of AfrikaBurn and is made up of one torso, several heads and many legs. The design serves as a visual indication of unity for the festival’s members. Furthermore, the event’s members are urged to read and follow the 11 principles during their time at AfrikaBurn. They include philosophical guidelines that share the wealth of self-expression, self-reliance and knowledge throughout the community.
“Participate in a wild non-profit event that encourages self-efficacy through various expressions of art.”
Ticket sales for the event will open in November and can be purchased from their e vent page online. Different options are available for purchase depending on your financial situation and
How many people will be attending the event with you. After purchasing your ticket, head over to the Tankwa National Park and let go of reality during this ultimate art festival.
It is important to understand that this is a self-sufficient event, meaning you must bring what is necessary to survive. Conditions may be brutal, ranging from cold nights to little shade during the day. Make sure to check out AfrikaBurn’s preparation page to ensure you have a grand ol’ time.
The Tankwa Karoo is a desert location in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The actual event site is located 300km north of the Cape on South Africa’s longest stretch of road. The road known as R355 connects the towns of Calvinia and Ceres. If you are driving on this path, make sure to watch your speed as the dry desert pavement will eat away at your tires.
Tankwa International Airport is the closest major landing zone if traveling from other parts of the world. Find directions from Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein here.
As previously mentioned, the AfrikaBurn is a self-sufficient event. There are no hotels or lodging options nearby, meaning you will need to bring all camping equipment necessary for the event. Make sure to bring plenty of water for drinking, cleaning and washing as hydration will be vital to your experience.
South Africa offers dozens of outdoor activities to experience during all times of the year. National parks, botanical gardens and other various natural locations populate the tip of the continent. Cape Town is the closest area to AfrikaBurn with the most attractions.
Here, you can dive into shark-infested waters, cable-car up Table Mountain and enjoy exquisite South African eats. Check out this in-depth list for things to do in Cape Town either before or after your AfrikaBurn experience!