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SADC Tourism: Festival time in Swaziland!

Swaziland TourismSwaziland is a nation that revels in the spectacle of music, elaborate costume and dance. Both the monarchy and the people of Swaziland actively maintain and preserve a remarkable cultural heritage, experiences here are the real deal and are probably unmatched anywhere else in Africa. The Swazi festival calendar is an eclectic mix of both first-class modern and time-honoured traditional events. With the Incwala completed at the turn of the year we are now in the middle of a busy period of festivals. The Marula festival is in full swing and the highly acclaimed MTN Bushfire festival is around the corner. And the country’s biggest and best known festival, the Umhlanga Reed Dance, doesn’t happen until later in year, so that’s still to look forward to at the end of August.

To check out the full list of Fesitvals and Events in Swaziland for 2015, click here. And for a guide to what to do in which months in this year-round destination, click here.

The Incwala

Heralding the New Year, Incwala also known as the ‘Festival of First Fruits’ is one of the biggest and most spectacular events in Africa. Swaziland’s Big Incwala ceremony took place between the 8 – 14th of January and attracted a lot of visitors this year from all over the world.

Click here to read more about this year’s Incwala

Marula Festival

Celebrating one of Southern Africa’s botanical treasures, the Marula Festival, is one of Swaziland’s most spectacular cultural events. The Festival is focused across two main weekends, the first this year being February 21st at the Buhleni Royal Residence, and the second March 7th at the Hlane Royal Residence. Despite the focus on these two marked events the festival continues for as long as the harvest season, often right through to May.

Click here to read more about this year’s Marula Festival

MTN Bushfire

This unique event sees some of Africa’s best artists performing in a 100% socially responsible festival. Each year a multi-generational global community of up to 20,000 “bring their fire” to the scenic Malkerns Valley to experience an eclectic Pan-African and international line-up of live music, theatre, poetry, film, circus, dance and visual arts. The Festival is taking place 29th to 31st May 2015 and Les Nubians has been announced as the first headline act.

Click here to read more about this year’s MTN Bushfire Festival.

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