Two weeks ago I took a road trip down through Namibia and into South Africa to visit the AfrikaBurn festival, which is South Africa’s answer to Nevada’s Burning Man. Jenna stayed at CCF to take care of the garden and her other projects.
I rented a car in Windhoek that came with a built-in bed and camping equipment – necessary items for surviving out in the dry “karoo” desert where the festival has taken place since 2007. The car might be the only “Condor” that you will see in our Condor and Cheetah blog!
My first night was spent at the Quivertree Forest near Keetmanshoop in Southern Namibia. It was an unreal landscape with Dr. Seuss style trees, and I found some unusual friends living in the rocks nearby.
The B1 highway that runs south to the South Africa border is long and lonely, with tiny towns spaced widely apart with drier and drier landscapes in between.
After a surprisingly easy border crossing, more desert driving and a night camped on the side of a gravel road south of Calvinia, South Africa, I arrived at AfrikaBurn. The following pictures will give a little taste of this festival, which celebrates radical self-sufficiency, gift sharing and free expression (and of course, lots of art, dancing and burning stuff).
After 4 days of wandering around, meeting friendly South Africans, enjoying desert art and dancing at night, it was time to start making my way back up north to my home base in Namibia.
I left enough time to make a detour out to see the Fish River Canyon, which may be the second largest canyon in the world (after the Grand Canyon) depending on how you measure it. The road from the Orange River to the canyon was one of the driest, most desolate and fiercely beautiful roads I have ever driven.
It was a long way to drive, but I had a lot of fun and saw some amazing sights.