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.
Here’s our city map for 2017 – this is the same map you’ll find in this past year’s WTF Guide. Click the image for the large PDF version.
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 mapmaker Guillaume Vagrante, as well as all our Wranglers who assisted in compiling the listings content.
In 2017, we were very happy to finally have our Survival Guide available in English, Afrikaans – and isiXhosa! To read & download the Guide in the language that suits you best, click that cover here:
Looking for the 2017 poster? Here you go (click the image for a large downloadable PDF version):
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).
Our town, over the years, has grown into a city. If you’d like to check out the progression over the years, scroll down.
Below is what our city looked like in 2015.
2012’s event documents:
– Event Guide
– Survival Guide
– Event Guide
– Survival Guide
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.