Weekend Camping Checklist

It is that time of the year when outdoor events, camping and music festivals become the order of the day weekend. Summer has come around (not quite in Cape Town), the sunny outdoors are calling and there is really no good reason to stay cooped up indoors! Some of the music festivals around this time of the year include Lake of Stars (Malawi), Rocking the Daisies (Western Cape, South Africa), OppiKoppi (Limpopo, South Africa), Synergy Live (Western Cape, South Africa), Vic Falls Carnival (Zimbabwe).  My inspiration for penning this camping checklist is that every time I start packing for a music festival or a camping trip, I can never seem to find the checklist I would have used before and have to write a new one. This will particularly be  useful if you are new to music festivals and/or camping!

Essential Campsite Items

  • Tent, Pegs and Rubber hammer
  • National Flag(s)
  • Torch, Headlamp(s) & Batteries
  • Camping Chair(s)
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Camping Mattress
  • Sleeping Bag, Blankets and Pillow(s)

Personal Items

  • First aid kit (include tablets for Headache, sinus, rennies etc)
  • Toiletries (include Toothbrush, Soap, Tissue rolls, Wet wipes)
  • Insect repellent
  • Clothes (don’t forget Slippers, Sunglasses, Cap / Hat, Sunscreen, Warm clothes for chilly nights)

Food

  • Food – Cereal, Milk, Canned Food etc (Depends on whether you will be preparing your own meals or buying food from food trucks if it is a music festival)
  • Snacks – Nuts & Raisins, Cereal bars, Bananas, Apples, Biltong
  • Drinks
  • Cooler boxes (1 cooler box with drinks and ice, another with ice only so you still have ice after a day or two)
  • 5L Water (2 or more)
  • Black bins

Miscellaneous

  • Cellphone, USB cable & Powerbank (hardcore campers will probably be upset about this one)
  • iPod, Portable Speaker & Aux cable (hardcore campers will probably be upset about this one too)
  • Action camera, Mini-tripod & Chest harness
  • Physical Cash
  • Identity document and Festival ticket

Optional Items

  • Gas Tank and Cooker Top
  • Cutlery and Crockery
  • Gazebo

Happy camping and cheers to sleeping under the stars!

 

AfrikaBurn 2017 – Desert, Dust and Dance

It has been a little over three weeks ago since I took part in AfrikaBurn, the annual Burning Man like festival in the Karoo.

Describing AfrikaBurn as a festival probably conjures up thoughts of a dance / music. However, AfrikaBurn was so much more than that, it was more of an experience. Some of my best highlights included experiencing a gifting economy in a decommodified society, being exposed to a heightened form of creativity and expression that is otherwise lacking in everyday life and meeting a group of Zimbabweans (my birth country) who drove 41 hours from Zimbabwe to the Karoo in a nineties Land Cruiser!

Below are some pictures which hopefully are a glimpse of the experience.

Tankwa Padstal between Ceres and Calvinia in the Northern Cape Karoo desert of South Africa. A must stop when travelling through the Tankwa Karoo on the R355

 

Ostrich at Tankwa Padstal
Ostrich at Tankwa Padstal

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Entrance to The Sleeping Cave sign

Caves, Views and Deep Blue Waters

At the beginning of this year (2017), whilst recharging my batteries, I embarked on a day trip to Chinhoyi Caves National Park. The park is located in the small town of Chinhoyi,  approximately 120km away from Harare (Zimbabwe’s capital city). There was something rather special about walking through the lush green vegetation and seeing the fish swimming in the deep blue water illuminated by the piercing sun rays.

Sunlight filtering through to the Sleeping Pool
Sunlight filtering through to the Sleeping Pool

 

Fish swimming in the Sleeping Pool
Fish swimming in the Sleeping Pool

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