AfrikaBurn 2024: 29 April to 5 May

AfrikaBurn Generator Policy

Guidelines for generators:

You’re having the perfect evening, music is not too loud, vibes in the camp site are great, when suddenly your neighbour fires up his earth-shatteringly noisy generator. Generator noise pollution can be more disturbing and intrusive than a loud sound system.

Let’s all agree to some guidelines to make our camping experience better.


Generator hours for Theme Camps and Artworks can’t be regulated, but we ask that you be as considerate as possible to your neighbours.

  • Consider environmentally friendly energy solutions, such as solar and lower wattage appliances.
  • Make sure your generator is serviced for maximum efficiency.
  • Build a sound and fire-resistant baffle for your generator. Baffles can reduce the noise of your generator tremendously.
Generator hours for campsites 11am – 4pm.
  • Cables and leads are a trip hazard, ensure all cables and leads are handled in a safe way.
  • If you’re in a campsite and you want to run a sound system it should be battery operated. Sound systems in camping areas should be shut off after 11pm. A 12 volt battery will be ample.
  • Consider investing in a blimped or silent generator or solar panels and batteries.
  • There is a limit to how much fuel and gas you can have on your campsite.
Mandatory switch off times: 7am – 11am Monday – Thursday (this includes generators unless it’s critical to your Theme Camp operations).

Secondary Containment – Generators and Fuel Storage tips:

Secondary Containment is preventing, controlling or mitigating accidental fuel spillages in storage, transport and refuelling of diesel or petrol.

  • Afrikaburn is a Leave No Trace event – we use best practice proactive measures of containment for generators and fuel.
  • Generators must have a secondary containment system for generators and jerrycans/fuel storage.
  • Protect the dust from leaks and refuelling spillages by placing your large generator on barriers such as cardboard or plywood.
  • Protect the dust by placing your small generator in camp basins or tarps.
  • All stored fuel containers require secondary containment large enough to total sum of all the fuel in the jerry cans in case of container leaks.
  • Secondary Containment storage mitigates accidental knocking over of jerrycans/fuel storage.
  • Use Secondary Containment when refuelling to prevent accidentally fuel spill contamination.
  • Do not run a generator inside or directly next to tents and structures where people work or sleep.
  • Do not overfill your generator.
  • Spill kit, spades, tarps. Report spillages.

Email [email protected] for any LNT questions suggestions).

Email [email protected] if you’re keen to get involved on the Sound Committee or
as a Sound Ranger (or just have ideas & suggestions).

Click here to access our Sound Policy.