The Oppikoppi Survival Guide

2013-08-12 10:24
It’s that time of the year again where South African music lovers descend to a special and musical farm in the Limpopo province to camp out, have a jam and have a blast watching their favourite bands perform on stage. It’s Oppikoppi time! Whoop whoop!!

Oppikoppi is definitely my highlight of the year because I get to go camping with my buddies while jamming non-stop to live music by my favourite bands. What else in this world could be better than that?

Like any musical-camping trip, Oppi requires a lot of preparation. You need to ensure that all your basic needs are catered for so that you can enjoy yourself without being worried about the small stuff that could turn into major problems.

So here’s the Oppikoppi Survival Guide that will offer tips to ensure that you have the important basics covered for a worry-free blast this weekend.


Ladies and gents, these fashionable plastic boots are a necessity at Oppi. The red sand that you’ll be walking on as well as the odd mud pool here and there will definitely wreck your pretty shoes and sneakers if you decide to bring them along. And the last thing you want to deal with while having fun is dirty and dusty feet as that can get quite uncomfortable. So make sure you have your wellies on during the duration of the music festival. And apart from the practicality of wellies, they’re also the Oppi fashion trend as everyone rocks them, so you’ll also look cool in them.
Puss in boots


You’d be surprised at how light makes a difference at night at Oppi. It gets pitch black at the camping site, so if you don’t have enough torches, you’ll be rolling into bushes and hugging trees unexpectedly. And trying to get into your tent for a couple hours of snoozing will be the biggest and most irritating mission of your life because you won’t be able to see anything. So spare yourself some unnecessary drama and bring lots of torches.
Supernatural brothers


Bring a whole river of water if you have to because that’s how much water you need while you’re out on the Oppi farm. It’s gets super warm during the day, so hydration is important, especially if you’re planning to go all out with alcohol. The last thing you need is to be terribly hung-over with no water, or be unable to do simple things like brush your teeth close to your campsite instead of walking for miles to the public bathrooms. Water is a must at Oppi.
Thirsty baby

Wet wipes

Showering is a mission at Oppi, and if you know that you’ll be joining the anti-shower movement at the festival, bring tons of wet wipes so that you can clean up and smell fresh. Wet wipes also come in handy when you’re cleaning your cooking utensils and plastic containers because while you’re out in the bush, there’s no time for hot water and liquid soap to wash dishes. So wet wipes are also a big must-bring.
Jack Sparrow

The list of necessities is endless, but according to me, these four above mentioned items are the small things that will make your camping experience more comfortable.

Above all else, you need to leave all your cares and worries behind and go buck because that’s what Oppi is all about!

So as we gear up for this awesome music festival, scream it out with me now…’ Opppppiiiiiii!!!!’.
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