HOW CAMPING IN TANKWA TOWN WORKS
Camping in Open Camping zones happens on a first-come, first-settled basis. Please don’t settle in a reserved spot – reserved camping areas are for registered Theme Camps and project crews, and are clearly marked out. If you camp on these locations and have occupied someone else’s site, you will be moved, even if you’ve already set up your camp.
Also, the site has large sections of sand that are off-limits. Please don't camp in these areas, your cars will get stuck, your tents will fly off if the wind picks up and some poor person will get sand in their breakfast burrito. There is so much space at Quaggafontein - you'll easily find the right spot for your camp.
If you arrive at night, wait until morning to find your friends or get your bearings. If you’re part of a larger group and your camp mates have arrived earlier, get them to leave a message on the notice boards at Off-Centre Camp with their location, or at our event gate.
Remember that the term “Quiet” at AfrikaBurn is a relative term. So, when we give advice about this, we invoke our favourite suffix at AfrikaBurn: “ish”.
If you are keen on a good night’s sleep while in Tankwa Town, don’t settle in the loud area (which is clearly shown on the event map in the WTF Guide, which is our event guide). If you are part of a theme camp set right in the noisy zone, consider a second tent in the quiet area for a place to get better sleep.
Once you’ve found your spot, put your keys away in a safe place – you’re now a pedestrian or cyclist!
RV's AND CARAVANS
You’re welcome to bring a recreational vehicle or caravan - but be aware that there’s no dumping station on site and you’re not allowed to dump grey water or trash anywhere in Tankwa Town. There’s also no potable water sold, so plan accordingly.
Got a camper-van or RV with a toilet that you intend using for the event? Please take note of this very important info:
Tankwa Town’s toilets are completely organic and use a very specific treatment to enable composting post event. Any dumping of any chemicals other than those used on site will destroy the organic processes that happen in order to create humanure. Please ensure that you have the correct chemical (evergreen elite) in your tank before you get to site. If not, a dump tank will be provided at the entrance to our event for your convenience, into which you can dump your (empty) toilet tank fluid, if you have the incorrect chemicals on arrival.
PLEASE: do NOT dump your motorhome or RV chemical effluent into our toilets!
DELEGATE CAMP ROLES
If you’re camping in a large group, it’s a good idea to have a meeting before the event and delegate tasks.
For example, nominate a Safety Officer to explain where camp fire extinguishers are and inform all camp members of where the Medics, Security and Sanctuary are and how to orientate yourself. Elect a Trash Officer to take care of separating waste and compacting cans. Choose someone who’s the Costume & Make-up Department. Think about who has the skills you’re after - it’ll lighten the load and make for a better, more enjoyable camp.
POWER? GO GREEN!
Come on, people, we’re in the desert here – use the available power resources: go solar! Or get a wind turbine!
Whatever you do, go green and get a 12V deep cycle battery for lighting in your camp – if you’re smart, you’ll get an inverter too.
LED’s are getting cheaper by the day & use very little power - use them instead of incandescent bulbs, even if you have a party space.
And for fairy lights etc, choose solar: they last longer, and you’ll have no dead batteries to get rid of.
There is seemingly no cellphone signal on Quaggafontein. We only offer a phone service for serious medical emergencies.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT AT TANKWA TOWN: THE GOSPEL OF REBAR
Rebar. It’s the name given to the round, grooved, steel bar used to reinforce concrete. Get some and have it cut to size – but don’t use anything less than 15mm width. Rebar is an excellent way to anchor your tents, especially Bedouin / freeform tents. When you’re whacking it in, and once it’s in the ground, it’s dangerous, so cap all exposed ends with empty tins, plastic bottles, tennis balls or old dolls heads – anything that prevents foot / leg injuries.
Try to position your tent and any shade structures to present the smallest profile to the wind. The wind at Tankwa goes all over the place - keep an eye on the wind direction, but if forced to identify a prevailing wind, we would say that it is NW- SE. For smaller tents, weight the interior corners of your tent or attach them to your vehicle. For stretch tents bigger than 10m x 10m (i.e: 100sqm), lash down with ratchet straps crossed in an X.
If you are lucky enough to pitch your tent under a Bedouin, your own tent does not need rebar. 200 mm wood nails (spikes) are an excellent alternative to tent pegs that won't bend, and far easier to whack in than rebar. Just make sure to bring a proper hammer.
If you are already pitching your sleeping tent under a communal Bedouin, you are very unlikely to need rebar for the tent itself.
NO PLUG AND PLAY CAMPS!
But what are Plug & Play camps? They’re a camp where ‘staff’ are paid to set the camp up, take it down and do the cleaning, cooking, etc. This kind of paid experience may be available at other events, but AfrikaBurn isn’t other events. So, if anyone offers you a luxury package, explain to them that’s not how it works.
And camps that take a fee for basic infrastructure costs? Those are fine, as long as they’re prepared to show open books that indicate no profit is being made.
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