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You can rent a Black Coffee ‘penthouse’ tent at Rocking the Daisies this year - for R13,795

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  • Rocking the Daisies is back after a two-year Covid-19 hiatus.
  • This year, you can rent luxury tents named after Maxhosa and Black Coffee.
  • The most expensive option costs R13,795 for the weekend - which doesn’t include your festival pass.
  • Festival organisers can’t yet show you what the tents look like but promise they’ll be “hella more bedazzled” than the thumbnail image of a two-person safari tent currently available.
  • They’ve already sold close to 60% of their camping spots since bookings opened last Thursday.
  • For more stories go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za. 

After a two-year coronavirus-enforced hiatus, the popular South African music festival Rocking the Daisies is back. And, as in previous years, the festival is setting up an exclusive camping area called Daisyland - with tents costing up to R13,795 for the weekend, excluding access to the actual event. 

The priciest camping option, called “Black Coffee’s Penthouse”, sleeps a maximum of two and saves you bringing your gear, sleeping on the floor, and queuing for the toilets and showers. 

Despite the premium camping rate, partygoers will still need to pay up separately for festival tickets, which cost R1,195 each. Cheaper early-bird tickets that cost R895 and R995 have already sold out. 

The penthouse is named after Black Coffee’s real R6 million penthouse in Johannesburg. However, at Rocking the Daisies, it is a 4m x 8m safari tent with an en-suite camping bathroom. 

Images of the accommodation on the website are small and apparently inaccurate - a disclaimer says the single thumbnail image of what appears to be a standard two-person safari tent “is purely a representation of the tent structure for reference” and that “Daisyland is hella more bedazzled than what you’ll see here”.

Festival organisers could not provide Business Insider with images or mockups of what festival-goers get for their R13,795. But they said the current imagery “doesn’t really speak to how great they are on site”.

The festival website describes the Black Coffee Penthouse as a 4m x 8m tent with “two beds, pillows, sheets, electric blankets, duvet, extra blankets, towels, carpet, ground sheet, table, dustbin, chairs, plug point and light”. It also has an en-suite toilet and shower, and the rate includes breakfast.

 
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The Disneyland Black Coffee Penthouse.

Slightly cheaper than this is an R8,995 “Maxhosa Suite”. This option is a smaller 4m x 5m tent with similar bedding and furniture. Unlike Black Coffee’s digs, people staying in Maxhosa Suites will have to share ablutions, though organisers describe these as “VVIP showers and toilets”.

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The Daisyland Maxhosa suite.
 

Although the high-end camping options draw inspiration from Hallmark House, they are significantly more expensive than the actual hotel rooms in Johannesburg. At the physical hotel, rooms for two outside of special offers cost R1,160 for a standard room to R2,320 for an executive room per night. 

There are, however, cheaper camping options available, which the website for Rocking the Daisies describes using public and private school analogies. 

General camping options start at R295 with the traditional bring your own gear approach. You’ll have to pitch your tent in a campsite the festival says has the “simplistic charm of public school”. 

If you want “public school, but with a few extra cool mural activities, and you don’t have to wait too long in line for your turn on the Jungle Gym”, you’ll need to pay R595. This more expensive option includes more toilets and showers but is otherwise the same as the entry-level option. 

And for the first time this year, there will be an “Oasis Camp” described as an “inclusive space for women and LGBTQIA+ festival goers”. This costs R695 and includes a “bar, camp site talks, yoga and exercise, change rooms, goodie bags, entertainment and more”. You’ll need to bring and pitch your own tent for this option. 

Festival organisers say the idea behind the camping options is to mirror those at the company’s physical hotel. 

“At Daisyland this year, each camping package is modelled according to a corresponding accommodation offering one would experience at the Hallmark House Hotel, ranging from an Entry Suite to Black Coffee Penthouses,” says Dale de Ruig, Steyn Entertainment and Steyn Investments director.            

“We have been extremely fortunate in that, over the years, our Daisies clientele has grown to be vast and widely diverse. Our efforts this year are a step in the direction of reflecting the various needs of our comprehensive community.” 

Despite the pricing of the premium options, the organisers told Business Insider that Daisyland saw a considerable uptake when launched, and they expect that the tents will sell out after the final Phase 3 ticket launch. 

“We have about 35-40% of tents still remaining after the launch of Phase 1 and 2 tickets, which sold out on opening day last Thursday, 26 May,” a spokesperson told Business Insider.

UPDATE: You can no longer stay in a ‘Black Coffee Penthouse’ at Rocking the Daisies

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