Welcome to Airspace!


We are back with a bang, new decade, new dreams… and yes, there will be an airport in 2021.

Some important changes for 2020:

• The airport will be open from Saturday 25th for working crew and theme camps and delivery of delicate items. WORK ACCESS PASSES will be needed to enter the event before gates open on Monday April 27th.
• Private planes and flying machines need to pay a landing fee (see below)
• Remember gate closes Friday 17h00 – NO entry after that, NO exceptions.
• Charter Organisation registration ends 20 Feb 2020
• There is a new Airspace lead – Jacqui ([email protected]). Our Major Tom is still the wizard in our pocket, but all enquiries should be directed to [email protected]

About The AfrikaBurn Event

If you’re flying in to the AfrikaBurn event, here’s some very important into about the way the event works:

  • AfrikaBurn is a radically self-reliant event at which nothing (other than ice) is for sale, and where all participants are expected to set up, break down and maintain their own camps and campsites. No paid staff are permitted to maintain camps, clean them or cook for the campers.
  • Flying into the event limits the amount of baggage that you would be able to carry to the event – for all your other camp infrastructure, you must arrange transport and/or erection with your fellow campmates.
  • The gate closes on Friday night at 17h00. Anyone arriving after that time without a will be turned away and sent back home. EVEN IF you have a valid ticket. If the plane is full you will be sent to the gate to try and find a lift home.
    There are extreme conditions for flights to arrive and depart from the desert. Numerous factors can result in your flight being delayed or cancelled. Storms, fog, lockdowns, technical difficulties could ground your plane. Please allow sufficient time (aka 24hrs plus) for travel delays.
  • The event does not offer an airport pick up or transfer services, at all. Afrika Burn is no drive event. So if you are flying in or out as a passenger, the onus is on you to organise members of your camp to be available at your designated time of arrival or departure, to ferry you or from our Airstrip – and this can only be achieved by the use of a registered Mutant Vehicle (mobile artwork). No personal vehicles are permitted to approach our Airstrip under any circumstances, our Event Guardians and Airport staff will instruct the driver that they must return the vehicle to their campsite until they leave the event site (which is the same policy for all personal vehicles at the event).
  • All staff at our Airport are volunteers who swallow dust, dance, laugh and give their time and skills to ensure all flying vehicles and their passengers and pilots (as well as the participants of Tankwa Town) remain safe. Please treat them with courtesy.
  • Airspace and Airport Info

This is where you will find resources for anyone wishing to take to the skies in the vicinity of Tankwa Town, whether as a passenger, pilot, model aircraft/drone pilot, skydiver or even if you wish to stage a flying art piece. Please be aware that there are fees associated for anyone wishing to use the airspace at Tankwa Town.

An Airspace pass is R300 and can be purchased from Quicket before the start of the event. A late arrival Airspace pass is R500 and can also be purchased from Quicket or at the event on arrival – this tariff will be applicable during the event.

Private planes flying to the event will need to pay a once off landing fee, according to aircraft capacity.

You can find these fees and links to Quicket in the links below.


If you wish to stage a piece of flying art, or if you are a licensed skydiver wishing to skydive at Afrikaburn please contact [email protected]


Drones, remotely piloted aircraft systems and model aircraft flying are not permitted at AfrikaBurn due to Civil Aviation Authority legislation.


We’re always in need of helping hands to ensure the airstrip runs smoothly. Whether you love aeroplanes or not, the airstrip is always an interesting post to volunteer at. Here you will have a unique opportunity to get up close to some interesting light aircraft, meet the pilots and other aviation enthusiasts.

To sign up as an Airspace volunteer, CLICK HERE – we’d love to meet you!


All passengers, pilots and other users of the airspace (including skydivers) are required to pay a fee for the airstrip facilities, processing and management. See our Airspace Fees page for all the info.


Flying into Tankwa Town is NOT the same as a normal domestic flight. If you’re planning to fly to AfrikaBurn, please read our info about Flying to AfrikaBurn as a Passenger. 


Pilots are required to read up about the specifics of flying into and out of our remote airstrip. Pilots will need to pay a once off entry landing fee to enter the event.

For all info, please read our Flying to AfrikaBurn as a Pilot page.


Our airstrip is located in a desert environment where dust storms and occasional torrential downpours can reduce visibility to zero. For the latest conditions and guidelines on weather, please read our Weather and Conditions page (which includes links to cameras that are live during the annual event period). Weather may result in your flight being delayed or cancelled. Please note that our Airspace team, or AfrikaBurn, cannot be held responsible for the weather.


Contact us:

For Airspace enquiries not covered in the info above, or for volunteer queries, please contact [email protected] or visit our Facebook page.



YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY AND THE RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH BY ATTENDING OR FLYING TO THIS EVENT OR USING THE AIRSPACE ASSOCIATED WITH IT AND RELEASE AFRIKABURN FROM ANY CLAIM ARISING FROM THIS RISK. You must bring enough food, water, shelter and first aid to survive for a week in a harsh environment. Commercial vending is prohibited, as are all firearms, fireworks, rockets and other explosives. You agree to read and abide by all the rules contained in the survival guide and to follow national and local laws. This is a LEAVE NO TRACE, pack it in, pack it OUT event. You are asked to contribute two hours of general clean up in addition to your own camp before departure. Art cars, art installations, theme camps and performances are not owned or operated by AfrikaBurn and you therefore assume any and all risk of injury associated with or arising from their operation or occurrence. You appoint AfrikaBurn as your representative to take actions necessary to protect your intellectual property or privacy rights, recognizing that AfrikaBurn has no obligation to take any action whatsoever. All vehicles including, aircraft, trucks, trailer, caravans and RV’s entering and exiting AfrikaBurn are subject to search by the Gate staff. Tickets are non-refundable even if the event is terminated or cancelled due to harsh weather, acts of nature, governmental regulation or other conditions beyond AfrikaBurn’s control. This ticket is a revocable license that may be revoked by AfrikaBurn for any reason. Use of images taken at AfrikaBurn (other than personal use) is prohibited without the prior written consent of AfrikaBurn. AfrikaBurn cannot control what people take pictures of or where they post them. Whilst we have policies in place to encourage responsible behavior it is up to the individuals involved. Please bear this in mind before you bare yourself. USE OF AN ENTRANCE TICKET OR USING THE AIRSTRIP CONFIRMS YOUR AGREEMENT TO THE TERMS REFLECTED ABOVE.

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