Swaziland’s highly acclaimed three-day music and arts festival MTN BUSHFIRE 2015 will take place from May 29th – 31st 2015 in the heart of the beautiful farmlands of the Malkerns Valley.

Each year a multi-generational global community of more than 20,000 gathers to experience this unique event renowned for eclectic and multi-dimensional programming rooted in world music and including a compelling line-up of theatre, poetry, dance, art exhibits & installations, story-telling, puppetry, film, and themed workshops.

MTN BUSHIFIRE is also one of the few major festivals in Africa to welcome families and children with its safe and warm environment that includes an array of child friendly activities, performances and safe spaces.

Rhe theme of the MTN BUSHFIRE KidZone is the ‘Magic Castle’ with the entire area decorated as a medieval castle with a safe and inclusive kids community inside.  The castle maze will include a range of different play-stations and will be surrounded by activity areas for children of all ages.

Working with the Montessori Life Primary School, children can also let their imaginations run wild with creative and challenging activities.  Just some of these activities include a special area just for little ones with games like basketball, goal scoaring, ring throwing, water-balloon toss, hoola hoops and tumbling races.

Another fun and exciting area within the castle maze will be the‘dress up’ stations styled to coincide with the medieval theme. Children can dress up as knights, princesses or even have their faces painted as dragons and fairies.

Creativity will be encouraged in the play area with opportunities to paint the castle maze, and also paint a Zogg – a cardboard cow that can be taken home.  A specially created children’s performance marquee will host interactive performances and for older children, an evening stargazers club.

MTN BUSHFIRE will also offer healthy food and drink options as well as pancakes, crepes and ice cream for special treats.

Even better news for parents of infants and babies is the creation of a an area specifically designed for the youngestset including comfortable seating, a private baby changing tent and plenty of blankets and shady space to relax.

A vibrant handcraft market as well as the recently introduced interactive art and dialogue space, The Barn,  all combine to create a magically eclectic  and family friendly entertainment experience.


MTN BUSHFIRE Harambee Hotel

Families looking for a more secure camping option an also book into the Harambee Hotel, a unique and luxurious camping experience aimed at catering for music festivals and events in and around Africa.

The concept blends the romance and thrill of glamorous camping with none of the hassle of having to do it yourself.  Luxury A-Frame tents are fitted with a double bed, bedside table, lamp and a charging point for electronic equipment.  In the morning guests are woken with fresh filter coffee and homemade rusks, followed by a warm breakfast.

Rates for 2015:

R3200 for 2 nights per tent which accommodates 2 adults.

R3900 for 3 nights per tent which accommodates 2 adults.



Border crossing: All of Swaziland’s border posts are open seven days a week. Check here for border post hours of operation

If you are using the Oshoek border post it is highly recommended to plan to leave Thursday or early Friday as the border post has seen extremely long queues Friday afternoon and evening in previous years.

Immigration: You will need a valid passport to enter Swaziland. You may also require an entry visa. Please check with your Embassy or the Swaziland Tourism Authority website for visa requirements.

For more information: , @BushfireFest

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