Every year, a few thousand travel to and especially within South Africa to attend the Afrikaburn festival. To dance, dream and search for meaning in the Tankwa Karoo desert in 2017 I joined in for Lufthansa magazine. It wouldn’t have been my last time.
It’s the end of April, which means the end of summer in the southern hemisphere. Everyone around me has come to attend Afrikaburn, a week-long spectacle that takes place in one of South Africa’s most inhospitable regions. The Tankwa Karoo is a semi-desert populated by jackals, scorpions and extremely venomous puff adders. During the day, the temperatures climb to 40 degrees Celsius. At night, they can easily drop below zero. But year after year, more and more people from Cape Town have begun to attend, although the city is roughly 300 kilometers away. These days they even come from as far away as Europe and the United States. In 2017, 13 000 people have come together in the desert, including me.