What to Take

South African Country Life - - Travel -

The near­est store is more than an hour’s drive away, so you need to take what­ever you’ll need with you. Ice is the only item on sale at The Burn.


A spare tyre – even two.

Tent and bed­ding.

Min­i­mum five litres of wa­ter per per­son per day.

All your food and drinks for your stay. Rub­bish bags – not a sin­gle piece of lit­ter (MOOP) can be left be­hind, so even a can for your stom­p­ies is es­sen­tial.

First-aid kit.

Torches, head­lamps and spare bat­ter­ies.

LED light­ing to wrap around you is also im­por­tant, so you can be vis­i­ble to the mu­tant ve­hi­cles and Steam Punk Train at night. Sun­screen, hats etc.

Swim­ming gog­gles – if a dust storm hap­pens, they keep the fine grit from sand­pa­per­ing your pupils.

Ten­nis balls for your tent staves.

Tents are close to­gether and walk­ing at night can be hec­tic if the staves aren’t cov­ered.

Out­fits – the weirder and wilder the bet­ter. Cow­boys, crea­tures, steam punkers, queens, plus fours… what­ever rocks your boat.

Your ID or driver’s li­cence.

A valid en­try ticket – no sales at the gate.

Ex­tra Spe­cials

A bi­cy­cle as it’s a huge area to cover on foot. Prefer­ably dec­o­rate your bike to look amaz­ing. A punc­ture kit for a bi­cy­cle – there are peo­ple who gift punc­ture fix­ing, but the queues can be long.

An um­brella .

Por­ta­ble shower and por­ta­ble loo if you don’t fancy a trek across the veld to the open-air toi­lets at night. From Wed­nes­day, when the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple ar­rive, port-aloos are setup in clus­ters as well. Ear-plugs – in cer­tain ar­eas the mu­sic can get re­ally, re­ally loud.

An ex­tra set of car keys (just in case). A tar­pau­lin of sorts for shade.

Handy Info

Tankwa Pad­stal is usu­ally closed on Wed­nes­days (ex­cept dur­ing AfrikaBurn). There is no phone. wlange@breede.co.za, hlange@breede.co.za

The theme for this year’s event from

24-30 April is Play.

Main ticket sales closed in Fe­bru­ary but tick­ets that are be­ing resold are avail­able on the AfrikaBurn web­site.

For more on AfrikaBurn www.afrikaburn.com

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