Health & Safety - AfrikaBurn

Health & Safety

Being prepared as much as possible will make the difference between survival and enjoying your time in Tankwa Town – which is why we have a Survival Guide. The list below provides some general suggestions regarding safety and survival in Tankwa Town, but for more detailed and updated info, please see this year’s Survival Guide.

Health & Safety


  • All the normal rules of road safety apply.
  • Travelling in convoy is strongly recommended.
  • Drive up during the daylight!
  • The last 100km is on dirt road. It has some bad patches, so drive carefully, and avoid the temptation to rush. It’s tempting to feel like you’re almost there when you hit the dirt – you aren’t. It takes about an hour and a half to cover the dirt section.
  • AfrikaBurn crew will not be patrolling the road, and are not able to provide assistance outside of the event.
  • Note that cellphone coverage is patchy along the dirt road.



  • Remember to bring adequate supplies of any prescription medications.
  • There will be medics on-site, however they are there for emergency situations only.
  • The medics may turn patients away if the situation is not an emergency.
  • In case of severe emergency medics can evacuate patients by road or air, but note that costs associated with evacuation will not be covered by AfrikaBurn.

The following injuries are indicative of what will be treated on site:

  • Diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Dehydration
  • Anaphylactic reactions
  • Stings and bites
  • Minor asthmatic emergencies
  • Minor lacerations
  • Sunburn and other minor burn wounds
  • Stabilisation of any fracture

The following (and similar) injuries will be stabilised and referred to the nearest hospital, with the patient to provide their own transport. We recommend having a designated driver in your camp/group of friends in case of emergency:

  • Minor bone fractures
  • Stabilised lacerations
  • Broken teeth
  • All non-life threatening and stabilised minor events.

Major injuries such as those listed below will be transported by ambulance or helicopter (as appropriate) to the nearest major medical facilities:

  • Resuscitated patients
  • Major bone fractures including longbone, cervical and skeletal
  • Asthmatic major
  • Severe concussion
  • Major laceration, burns and soft tissue injuries
  • All unstable life-threatening emergencies



  • We have a small fire brigade, and are far away from major towns – the focus is on avoidance. If something catches on fire, we will probably just let it burn!
  • In the case of tent or structure fires: keep out, do not attempt to enter the tent / structure to remove possessions.
  • When planning your camp, leave at least three meters between flammable items. By way of example, have your tent three meters from your generator, which should be three meters from your fuel. This applies to cars and campervans as well.
  • You may not burn unapproved artworks. If you would like to burn something let the art co-ordinator know.
  • You may not make fires directly on the ground, however braais and braziers may be used. Fires may not be left unattended (the Rangers may put them out!)

If you have any concerns or questions about safety, please contact

For more Health & Safety info, please read our Survival Guide.

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