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Artists, bohemians, descend on Karoo desert for AfrikaBurn

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Two Burners jump on a trampoline at AfrikaBurn festival in the the Karoo desert, Tweefontein, South Africa, on April 26.

The AfrikaBurn festival is based on Burning Man in the United States and sees thousands of people gathering in the desert to construct a temporary community.

The event, which began in 2007, is part rave, part trance party, part Pagan gathering, part arts festival. Thousands of participants erect structures, share ideas, trade goods and burn effigies on the final night.

There must be no trace of humans after the event is finished and a sharing community is formed as there is no money allowed as participants have to bring their own food, water and tents.

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Two Burners drive a home-made trike at AfrikaBurn festival in the the Karoo desert on April 26.

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A burner wears a mask at AfrikaBurn festival in the the Karoo desert on April 26.

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A Burner jumps over standing water after a huge storm at AfrikaBurn festival.

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Werner Strauss rides his bicycle with LED lights after arriving at the AfrikaBurn festival in the the Karoo desert on April 26.

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