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 From 2021 onward, this will the turnoff to Tankwa Town  (Photo: Jonx Pillemer)  

We've got a big announcement to make, folks - next year at our main annual event, we will bid farewell to Stonehenge Private Reserve - and 2021, Tankwa Town will rise from the dust of Quaggafontein Farm in the Tankwa Karoo.


The property lies just below the Northern Cape border with the Western Cape, and is 30kms south-east of our present event site as the crow flies. Still accessible from the R355 (though you'd take a new turnoff - onto the R354), the landscape will still be rocky beneath our wheels, feet and camps, ringed by mountains and those incredible Tankwa sunrises and sunsets - and the Tafelberg will still be in sight on the horizon.

After many years of careful thought, deep discussion, diligent research and active exploration by our Land team (led by co-founder Monique Schiess), it was a catalysing conversation between two old friends in the desert back in May that brought us to this point, where AfrikaBurn has been offered the use of a piece of land to stage its event to further its aims in terms of the principles that inform our event and culture. One of them was our Operations Manager, Brian Little, and the other, Duncan 'Charlie' Parker, who is a trustee of the
Mapula Trust.

That quiet conversation lit a spark between the two, and in the afterglow of our 2019 event, this spark began to solidify into something more concrete, when the idea was proposed to connect AfrikaBurn and the Mapula Trust around the land, to unleash the potential of collaborative effort.

One of the primary objectives of the Mapula Trust is the preservation and stewardship of parcels of land with a biodiversity value. And, while most of the Quaggafontein and Vaalfontein portions of the land have been severely degraded through decades of overgrazing (as confirmed by a soil scientist and a botanist whose opinions have been sought), they do feature biodiversity unique to the area, which can and will be regenerated outside of our event footprint, as part of the stewardship agreement. The land also lies alongside the Tankwa Karoo National Park, which opens up opportunities for collaboration with an organisation expert in, and committed to, preserving the unique environment of the Tankwa Karoo.

Charlie, along with the Loki rhino mutant vehicle and Love Your Planet crew that he's part of, have been long-term passionate Burners and contributors and we are incredibly grateful to him and the Mapula Trust for their generosity and vision.

And we're grateful too, to Henk and Faan, who opened their hearts and their land to us back in 2007, and to JP, Sox and Niel, who embraced the experiment with equal enthusiasm in the years that followed. Stonehenge has been home to Tankwa Town for 13 years, and it's fitting that in 2020 we come together to celebrate, to sing a swansong to her shimmering horizon, to dance in her dust, and to look back with love once last time at the place it all began. 

To everyone that's participated in getting us to this point, thank you! To everyone that's waited and wondered about the land over the long yards of these past years, thank you for your patience and your interest in what this exciting new horizon holds for us all.

We'll have more updates soon - including photos and details about Tankwa Town's new 2021 city grid and its various components - for you soon, so stay tuned. If you'd like to know more about the process that got us to this point, and what changes this will mean for our event and for you as a participant, please take a look at the New Site pages of our website:

If you've got questions or suggestions, take a look at the link above - on the new land-related pages of our website, you'll find email contacts and a suggestion form to use. Or, if you'd like to join an upcoming discussion session, there's a Burner Bar taking place tonight in Cape Town (with live stream), and we're also hosting a Town Hall next week at our HQ:

Burner Bar - 16th October, 6pm to 10pm
(78 Bromwell St, Woodstock, Cape Town)

Facebook Event Page

Town Hall - 23rd October, 7pm - 10pm
HQ: 8 Junction Rd, Salt River

Facebook Event Page




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