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Tankwa Town

Tankwa Town: a blank canvas which, for 11 months of the year, is a beautiful Karoo gravel plain where the surrounding veldt is home to myriad small critters and a wonderful array of indigenous flora. And then, at the end of April, a town erupts: a town that’s your home for a brief period, and is then restored to its previous condition – by you.

Even though the content of all theme camps, artworks and activities are self-organised by our wildly energetic and creative community, Tankwa Town requires a large amount of planning and organisation in order to fit it all together.

Thank you to everyone who registered a camp, artwork, performance or mutant vehicle – all of it adds up to the magic of the experience. To get your bearings and locate the many offerings that this year’s event will offer, take a good look and familiarise yourself with the layout. There’s something for everyone out there on that beautiful flat plain, which, for just a short period every year, becomes a wonderful town where the possibilities are endless.

TANKWA TOWN 2017

Here’s our city map for 2017 – this is the same map you’ll find in this year’s WTF Guide. Click the image for the large PDF version that you can download & print out (or pick up copies of the guide & map on arrival at Die Hek).

As you can see, we’ve made some small adjustments: the corner of 10ish, which once extended far out enough to create the sense of two separate spaces, has been trimmed. This makes our entire ‘inner’ space, which is where almost all Artworks are placed, now one big open space.

Camping at the lower portions of 10ish Boulevarde has also been expanded – and we’ve added a new area: Walk-In Camping, which is beyond 4ish. If you arrive later in the week and need a campsite, park your car (in the parking area next to the gate area) and hitch a ride into the city to get to Walk-In Camping. It’s a great space if you want quiet, as there’ll be no generators, sound systems or vehicles. As always, the lay of the land, and watercourses, dictate where we can safely camp and have event activities – as with everything in the desert, Mother Nature calls the shots. This is why there are signs stating ‘NO CAMPING BEYOND THIS POINT’.

Want a copy of this year’s WTF Guide? Here you go – click the image to read or download the PDF version.

Many thanks to everyone involved in creating this year’s WTF Guide – especially designer Jeanne Fourie, and maapmaker Guillaume Vagrante, as well as all our Wranglers who assisted in compiling the listings content.

 

2016

Below is what our city map looked like at the 2016 event.

Click on the map to view the zoomable PDF version (or download it).

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Our town, over the years, has grown into a city. If you’d like to check out the progression over the years, scroll down.

2015

Below is what our city looked like in 2015.

WTF Guide
Survival Guide
Event poster

2014

 

tankwa-town-2014-latest-news

 

WTF Guide
Survival Guide
Event poster

 

2013

 

Event Guide 
– Survival Guide (this year it was simply a PDF – we’re trying to track that down…)
Event poster

 

2012

Tankwa Town 2012

 

2012’s event documents:

– Event Guide (front, back)
Survival Guide
– There was no poster this year

 

2011

– Event Guide (back, front)
Survival Guide
– Poster

 

2010

 

 

– Event Guide
– Survival Guide
Poster

 

2009

 

– Event Guide
– Survival Guide
Poster

 

2008

 

 

– Event Guide (inside, outside)
– Survival Guide (was on the early afrikaburns.com website)
Poster

 

2007

– Event Guide (inside, outside)
– Survival Guide (was located on the early ‘africaburns.com’ website)
Poster

2006

This is the pre-event plan as sketched out at a planning session in 2006.

 

There are still some items missing here; they’ll be added here soon.


 

Interested in the history of our city? See the numbers by year, and theme, here. And, if you’d like to know who did what, and when, you can see that here.