What’s a Ranger?

Rangers are non-confrontational community mediators, and are there to promote awareness of potential hazards, ranging from sunburn to tent fires, and lots of other stuff in between. Ranger shifts are divided into daytime and nighttime. At its essence, being a Ranger is about creating awareness of the AfrikaBurn ethos, creating good neighbourliness, and responding to crisis situations such as lost children, desert practicalities, and overwhelmed participants.

First time Rangers need to be familiar with the eleven guiding principles upon which AfrikaBurn is based and what they mean in terms of security and dealing with conflict. AB is guided by the following eleven principles: Communal effort; Participation; Civic responsibility; Immediacy; Decommodification; Gifting; Leaving no trace; Radical inclusion; Radical self-reliance;  Radical self-expression and Each One Teach One (the role of education).

Our event has accredited security that are hired for the period, and they are there to lock down the gate if required, and back up the Rangers under extreme circumstances. Within Tankwa Town ‘law and order’ is maintained by two assumptions, firstly that Radical Self Reliance entails that each participant is proactive in terms of their own well-being and in terms of Participation and Civil responsibility proactive in terms of the well-being of others. Secondly is the assumption that a volunteer-based Ranger system can perceive dangers and mediate or manage them.

Being a Ranger entails coming to a 5-hour training session and then signing up for at least one shift at the event. The more shifts, the more events, the more experience, the closer you become to the secret clan of deep desert meerkats and the sacred order of the lower case orange.


There are four levels of Rangers:

  • Dirt Rangers are the roamers, The Wild Free Rangers best at home and at large in the environs of Tankwa Town and all her glory. This Ranger likes to walk around, talk to people, visit, interact with AfrikaBurn and all it’s shine, relishing the beauty of the 11 principles, applying them with compassion and tons of love where and if needed. This Ranger is the eyes and ears for the whole Ranger crew. They literally know everything because they see it all first!
  • Green Dot Rangers are as the above wild and free Ranger, but now with a deeper understanding and an extra huge dollop of compassion and patience. The GDR focus specifically on vulnerable participants needing a little extra care due to the challenges of an event like AfrikaBurn: “Have you heard it’s not Utopia?”
  • Shift Leads come in two different shapes. In Ranger HQ it is the stomping ground of Tortoise. Trustworthy, reliable to a fault. Steady in a storm. Safe. That’s Tortoise in a (nut) shell so to speak. The Dirt Lead will be your Tortoise On The Run and available to back up the Dirt Ranger at a radio call’s notice.
  • Ranger One is a veteran Burner and Ranger that knows the deepest way of The Orange Fu (and the way, names, addresses, and whereabouts of EVERYONE else on site that a Ranger may require at any time for anything). This could be YOU!


Ranger Training Dates 2019

To sign up for all forthcoming Training dates, please click here.

With our city population growing each year, we need more orange in Tankwa Town than ever before. We have various plans to ramp up the number of Rangers, and shifts, and this includes having at least one Ranger per large theme camp.

If you, or anyone in your camp or crew, are interested in stepping up, please feel free to join us at the various dates planned for the months of Jan – April (or even at training dates at the event). We all hold the space together, and only together can we hold it right.

Interested in training up as a Ranger? Mail [email protected]


Cape Town Training dates 2019:


Unless otherwise specified, Ranger meetings are at AfrikaBurn offices
(Junction Hotel, 8 Junction Road, Salt River, Cape Town )



19 Jan 09:00 – 13:00 Greendot Ranger Training

19 Jan 09:00 – 13:00 Senior Ranger Training
19 Jan 09:00 – 13:00 Junior Ranger Training

RSVP: [email protected]



16 Feb 09:00 – 13:00 Greendot Ranger Training
16 Feb 09:00 – 15:00 Basic Ranger Training

RSVP: [email protected]



13 Mar 18:00 – 21:30 Greendot Ranger Training
16 Mar 09:00 – 13:00 Senior Ranger Training
16 Mar 09:00 – 15:00 Basic Ranger Training

RSVP: [email protected]



20 Apr 09:00 – 13:00 Greendot Ranger Training

RSVP: [email protected]


Johannesburg Training dates 2018/2019



19 Jan 09:00 – 15:00 Basic Ranger Training

RSVP: [email protected]


16 Feb 09:00 – 15:00 Basic Ranger Training

RSVP: [email protected]


16 Mar 09:00 – 15:00 Basic Ranger Training

RSVP: [email protected]



16 Mar 09:00 – 13:00 Senior Ranger Training
16 Mar 09:00 – 15:00 Basic Ranger Training
23 Mar 09:00 – 13:00 Greendot Ranger Training

RSVP: [email protected]


Garden Route Training Dates 2018/2019



16 Feb 09:00 – 15:00 Basic Ranger Training

Venue: 11 Manual Villet Street, Loerie Park, George

RSVP:  [email protected]

Facebook Event page is here.


London Training Date

Feb 23 1 – 5pm
40 Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington
Facebook event page can be found here.



Training on site


Further details around on-site training will be released closer to the time. 

International Rangers coming and local Rangers are welcome to camp under the Ranger stretch tent together with visiting Rangers and Sanctuary crew. To connect with camp planning, mail [email protected]

Questions asked about the Tankwa Town Rangers:

  • How do they manage to FLAME so well?
  • Why the car guard bibs?
  • Why do they seem so mellow in the face of danger?
  • What is the fixation with orange?
  • Is Cpt. Mushroom really a mushroom?


Much can be learnt from observing the Tankwa Town Ranger in his/her/its natural environment. Listen to the banter of the Rangers as they flock:

– at every start of a shift for a briefing at the Ranger HQ
– at every sundown at burn briefings

But biggest and most sacred is the Ommm:

The Orange Magnificent Moo Moo, where all Rangers on site are encouraged to come to Ranger HQ in full dress uniform and sing to the new laatlammetjies. Your children will ask you to tell the story of the day over and over again.


Get In Touch


Check out the Ranger Training & Info Facebook page here

Contact: [email protected]

Looking for our Sanctuary page? You’ll find it right here.

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