The Sheer Magnificence of AfrikaBurn

And so AfrikaBurn 2015 has come to an end…

This year’s theme was “The Gift”, and it proved to be just as epic as any other year! The festival, which takes place on Stonehenge Farm in the Tankwa Karoo in the Northern Cape, is South Africa’s very own version of Burning Man.

Visitors get to leave the regular world behind as they enter a world of utopia and surrealism. AfrikaBurn is a Leave No Trace event, which means that once everyone has packed up and left, there is no trace that there was any recent human life there – the aim is to keep the Karoo semi-desert as pristine as it was before. Participants get dressed up to the nines in outfits that have been planned months ahead of time. Cars and bicycles are kitted out (all logos are to be hidden on cars, clothing etc.).

Money will do you no good here. Absolutely nothing is for sale, except for ice. Don’t expect to barter either – the community works on “gifting”; you give what you can to contribute to the event – whether it’s beer, your skills or a first aid kit, and when you need something, all you have to do is ask.

If you plan ahead, plan smart and do it right, AfrikaBurn may just be the most incredible event you will ever get to experience!

Below are some of the pictures from Afrikaburn 2015, just to get you excited for next year!

#Afrikaburn #desert #egg #wings A photo posted by Lolla (@carlottasabb) on

Nothing to see here #installation #desert #art #Afrikaburn #planking

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Glamping = Glamorous Camping!

According to Urban Dictionary, the definition of camping is: To go out in the woods with nothing but your aunt and a tooth-pick, and spend the night there.

Glamping has been described as: Glamorous camping. Satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine, and a comfortable bed.

“No stinky sleeping bags on the hard ground and freeze dried food for me. If its not a Glamping trip, count me out.”

We have found some amazing spots that ensure you will have a lot more than just your aunt and a tooth-pick…

Etendeka Mountain Camp

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In the foothills of the Grootberg massif, set amidst magnificent scenery and the ancient Etendeka lavas of northern Damaraland, the ten new en-suite Meru tents have been refitted with luxury mattresses and 100% cotton linen. Necessary comforts have not been overlooked with the bathroom also benefiting from a makeover, while the traditional open-air bucket shower still holds pride of place.

Here, one is reminded that we are all guests of Mother Nature. At Etendeka, wildlife has acclimatised to a precarious existence amongst the towering basalt mountains and dry mopane-shaded river courses of the Kunene Region. A strong focus is on walking activities.

Simple, fresh, wholesome meals are prepared either in solar ovens or on open fires and enjoyed under African skies.

“The feel at Etendeka is rustic; we wanted to bring back that rugged element of the traditional tented camp that most have unfortunately lost”.

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Koffylaagte Game Lodge & Tented Camp

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Koffylaagte literally translated means “Coffee Hollow”, owes its name to its colourful history as the resting place of the early settler traders. This TGCSA 4 star graded pristine reserve, situated in the Karoo Heartland is dedicated to wildlife management and breeding programmes, and has been stripped of all remnants related to its early farming days. The area has been converted back to its magnificent fauna and flora, becoming a place to rest your mind, body and soul, just as in the days of the early settlers.

The luxuriously appointed en-suite Nyala Valley Safari Tents overlook the surrounding Nyala Valley and have private wooden viewing decks, offering uninterrupted views of the valley below. Although the Safari Tents are only 150m from the main Lodge, they blend seamlessly into the surrounding vegetation, creating a sense of absolute privacy and tranquility.

The two 12-seater open Land Rovers provide uninterrupted views of the wildlife on day- or night game drives. Guided quad bike and horseback trails ensure fun for the entire family. Alternatively, trails can be followed on foot for a more leisurely option.

The sauna and swimming pool are the popular venues for relaxing after a busy day in the veld, as is the fully licensed bar, pool table and darts board in the hunting lodge during the evenings.

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