Afrika Burn 2014 – Tankwa

I have always wanted to go to Afrika Burn, and this year I did!! What is Afrika Burn you ask? It is an arts festival which is held in the desert in Tankwa National Park some 18 hours away from the green lush beaches of Natal where I live. Why would I want to head all the way down there? Who wouldn’t want to go to a giant dress up party where people ride unicorns and dance under a blanket of Karoo stars? I cannot think of any reason to not want to experience a place where random acts of kindness are encouraged, and whimsical self adornment is a dress code! Afrika Burn is a festival where anything goes and the reality of typical life is left behind in the dust. Nothing can be bought or sold during the festival, gifting is a core value and the act of leaving no trace is a rule.

They say that you will never be the same after experiencing an Afrika Burn … the truth is that my life had changed so much before arriving in that dusty pan that I couldn’t understand what that actually meant. Now I do!

Will I be back next year? Damn straight!!!!

Huge thanks to all my camping compadres! My time at Afrika Burn could have never been the same without this very special chosen family. I feel so hugely lucky to have experienced all that we did with all of you! Love you all!!!!

Also huge thanks to Patrick from Outex South Africa for getting my Outex system to me in time. Looking forward to working more with you. Keep an eye out for my product review to follow shortly along with pics from the dust storm we found ourselves in!

All pics are were shot with my Nikon D4, Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 housed with an Outex!!


  1. Selma on May 14, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    man oh man Jacki! These are insanely awesome! Been on the bucket list now for ages – I think next year we going to have to do it! Absolutely BRILLIANT shots!

  2. Bruce on May 14, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    That shot of the elderly couple chilling on the ground is MAGIC!

  3. Megan on May 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm


  4. Natalie on May 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Jax, I am spellbound; I want more!! And never mind that, I want to go there 🙂 Next year I promised I would go – let it be. Oh, and please tell me there is a picture somewhere of you in your mermaid outfit. Come now.

  5. Paola on May 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Wow, these pictures are amazing and it looks like a place where I need to be 🙂 I so wanna go there now… but it’s a pretty long way from northern Germany… thanks for your great photos!

  6. Germaine on May 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Fantastic pics Jacki – you’ve made me feel like going to Tankwa again!

  7. CLee on May 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    BEYOND AMAZING! I am in love with every single image! Such an experience! Thank you for sharing! xx

  8. Lisa Bradley on May 14, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Oh this makes me nostalgic and warm and fuzzy! To even bigger costumes in 2o15 and lots and lots of dry ice! ❤️

  9. Patrick on May 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Awesome images Jacki – I’m super stoked everything worked well for you!

  10. Natasha du Preez on May 15, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Wow, really great images. Love the sunset ones. Great job. Much love, Natasha

  11. Rose buttery on May 15, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Wonderful pics

  12. Natelee on May 15, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Beautiful Images!

  13. Tash on May 15, 2014 at 4:19 am

    As always….you never fail to disappoint Jax! Brilliant pics! Can’t wait to go there one day xx

  14. Tricia on May 15, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Oh, what fabulous fun, such a feast for the senses! Thank you for taking us to AfrikaBurn with your photos!

  15. Tarring on May 15, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Jax it looks amazing there, and as usual, your pics don’t disappoint!
    ….was hoping to see a pic of you and your mermaid crown tho.. X

  16. Ilse on May 15, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Wow Jax, it tells such a nice story! Don’t think I can miss it again… Beautiful images! So glad the outex worked for you xx

  17. Johannes on May 15, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Really cool images. Well done. Not just the average happy snaps.

  18. Pietie on May 15, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Hey beautiful fellow Burner. Just like I remember it, thanks for these, pure magic.

  19. Lucia on May 15, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Awesome, awesome shots!! Can not wait to go… Just missing a shot of you in your outfit???!

  20. Nicole Sochen on May 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

    what a talent. beautifully captured. can’t wait to meet you next year. xxx

  21. Tamarin on May 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

    What an exquisite collection of moments.

  22. Lor on May 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Darling Jacs, Such wonderful memories to be treasured always.

  23. Parisha Chetty on May 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I love the way you captured the MAGIC of AB! Thank you for sharing your gift with us. I’m thrilled to bits with the pic of me that you have included … I’m the Indian woman with the big feather head-dress. THANK YOU… I love the pic! X

  24. Lauren on May 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Wow your pictures are so beautiful! I didn’t want the scrolling down to end. The picture of the women wearing the purple phantom mask with the umbrellas is such a powerful shot. Got a rush of emotions when I saw that. So amazing.

  25. Kate C on May 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Wow you are such an inspiration, what a gift you are giving each being who gets to see these 🙂 Blessings <3

  26. Tenille on May 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Wow… what superb images. We missed it this year and these images remind me why I will NEVER miss another burn.

  27. kimbrûlée on May 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful picture. Your talent of capturing the light is a gift to us all. Hope to find you in the dust next year.

  28. Till on May 16, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Awesome pics, thanks for sharing!

  29. Stanislav the Plumber on May 16, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Too few tits. 🙁

  30. Debby on May 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Stunning Jacki , sheez some of those people are seriously on another planet haha, loved the photo’s gorgeous. xxx

  31. Alyson Van Lier on May 16, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Absolutely breathtaking….wowzer….LOVE the pic of the Elderely couple! Great work!

  32. liesl on May 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

    super shots!
    did you take any of the Garden of Eden burning?
    especially when the snake was lit and the bits of burning paper blew over the ‘garden’?

  33. Tay MacGregor on May 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Absolutely incredible photographs Jacki! Definitely made a part of me die with envy for not going this year!

  34. Debby on May 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Awesome Jacki as always absolutely loved the diversity of the picture although I guess there is a lot of that hey? haha but the pictures are amazing you clever, clever young lady. xxx

  35. Auryn Phoenix on May 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Incredible pics Jacki!!!! Stunning stunning stunning!!!

  36. Casper on May 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Photos to be proud of – captures so much more than the moment….thanks for letting be experience some of the spirit of time and fun everyone had.

  37. Liz Clark on May 20, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Amazing pics….has a futuristic 5th element/ Hunger games feel. It looks like an amazing movie set.

  38. Heline Bekker on May 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Wow! This is the first time I hear about Afrika Burn. What an incredibly fantastic experience! But yeah, the hear and dust must be no joke! Awesome photos Jacki!!!

  39. Anel Schutte on May 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    AMAAAAAAAAAZING (as always)

  40. Charlene on June 2, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Oh How did I miss this? Incredible images Jacki!

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