A Guide to Swaziland’s Bushfire Festival

Top African Festivals: A Guide to Swaziland's MTN Bushfire Festival
Incredible energy at the MTN Bushfire Festival, Swaziland. © MTN Bushfire

Bushfire Festival is an annual explosion of entertainment hosted in the House on Fire, in the heart of the Malkerns Valley, Swaziland. Taking place in the month of May, a feast for the senses. The three-day festival see the town taken over by music, alcohol and visitors looking for a good time. More than 20,000 residents and visitors descend upon the town to experience the internationally acclaimed music & arts festival. An arts programme of poetry, theatre, music and dance performances in the beautiful valley. Planning a trip and want to know how to make the most of your time? Here’s our need-to-know guide.

We also recommend our guide to the Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi.

History of Bushfire Festival

Founded in 2006, the Bushfire festival is a music and arts event with a visionary approach. With focuses on developing the arts whilst promoting social responsibility. Encouraging the joy of creative expression and calling everyone to making a contribution. Engage through a programme of creative workshops, art exhibitions, discussions and guest speakers. Bushfire gathers artists from the country, as well as those from other African nations and beyond.

The festival gives back to the people of Swaziland through donations. 100% of the profits of MTN Bushfire merchandise sales go towards health, education and sustainable livelihoods for women. And a portion of every unique Bushfire ticket sold going directly towards providing food and clothing to over 1,000 orphans. The main beneficiary of MTN Bushfire is Young Heroes.

Bushfire Festival tickets

Tickets are available to purchase. Bushfire festival have sold out for 5 consecutive years. Always smart to purchase your ticket in time to take advantage of the reduced rate.

How to get to Bushfire Festival

Top African Festivals: MTN Bushfire Festival Swaziland
MTN Bushfire is located at House on Fire in the lush farmlands of the Malkerns Valley. © Bram Lammers

Accommodation in Swaziland is limited during the Festival weekend so book soon. Travelling and accommodation can be done by yourself. Or you could take advantage of the varied package deals MTN Bushfire offers through its events partners. Download their full accommodation list here.

Travelling deals ranging from complete Festival experience option to city and wildlife tour visiting the gems of the southern African states; South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland all in one trip. You can add these through the main travel package options.



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