Taking place from 27-29 May 2022, The MTN Bushfire festival is returning to the beautiful farmland of the Malkerns Valley. Winner of the Best Responsible Event at the African Responsible Tourism Awards in 2017, MTN Bushfire has also been hailed by CNN as one of the “7 African Music Festivals You Really Have To See” and listed by BBC as a “Top African Festival.” This uniquely African, yet globally infused, festival welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of inclusivity and passionate commitment to music, the arts and the environment.
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the full MTN Bushfire experience is to camp at the adjoining All Out Africa campsite or at one of the nearby glam-camping tent hotels run by Harambee Hotel and Rush Adventures, with their friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Limited numbers of tickets and camping spots, due to Covid-19 safety measures, mean festivalgoers should get tickets now to join in the camping or glamping experience.
Camping tickets can be purchased through the ‘Buy Tickets’ button on the MTN Bushfire website Tickets page. Lucky campers may find tickets at more affordable 2020 prices on the Resale Tickets option offered on the Howler ticket platfrom.
Please note that campers will need to ensure they have festival tickets as well as camping tickets, in order to access the campsite. Groups of over 20 people should email email@example.com to make their bookings.
All Out Africa Camping & Travel Packages
The official MTN Bushfire Campsite is set up and managed by the experienced travel group All Out Africa and is conveniently located within a short walk of the festival arena. Situated on well–serviced, clean and beautiful lands with plenty of space and 24-hour security, the site has a true festival atmosphere.
In 2022, the campsite will be relocating to a new and improved position, still conveniently adjoining the main festival arena and now offering lots more space to campers.
If you wish to bring your own tent then you have two choices; camp in our large BYO (Bring Your Own) zone or pay a little extra and set up your tent in a semi-shaded area known as the BYO IN THE FOREST zone.
If you’d like to hire ready erected tents then you can try one of our 3 tented camps: Tent Village, Forest Fire Tented Camp or Canvas Camp.
With its strong family-friendly approach, there is a designated camping site just for families with children. The Family Camping zone and the Camper Vehicle zone are the only two zones of the festival where campers will be allowed to bring their vehicles. A large, secure and separate parking area will be availabelf or campers ot leave their vehicles in.
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Exclusive travel packages give you the opportunity to enjoy the full MTN Bushfire festival experience, starting and ending from home! Whether you are coming from Tofo, Maputo or Durban, you will be transported by our experienced drivers in an air-conditioned vehicle along with other festivalgoers who are headed to Eswatini. At Check In you will be allocated your festival and campsite tickets and escorted to your tents at the Tent Village.
During your stay, you will receive breakfast from the onsite Campsite Café. At the designated date and time of departure, you will meet with your driver to head back to your hometown while reminiscing on the festival’s highlights of the MTN Bushfire festival with fellow festivalgoers along the way.
For those looking for a more luxurious experience, the glamping option is for you! Choose from a variety of comfortable and sophisticated glamping options from MTN Bushfire partners Harambee Hotel and Rush Adventures.
Well set-up tents with real beds, linens, and hot showers make the glamping experience a delight, while large chill-out zones offer opportunities to get together with friends and family. Breakfast and other catering options, electrical outlets and flush toilets are among the luxuries offered by these two splendid tent hotels.
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Getting to MTN Bushfire
House On Fire is located between Mahlanya and Malkerns on the MR27 road, off the MR103, about 23km from the capital city, Mbabane, and a short 14km from Ezulwini.
Key in the following GPS coordinates – Elevation 756m – S 26’ 29.881 E031’ 13.110 , or use the Google Map coordinates: -26.4981694, 31.2147246,16
With thousands of people attending the festival, many of them coming from outside Eswatini, the borders can be heavy with traffic. We strongly advise planning your trip to arrive the day before, or at least early in the day, to avoid long waits at Immigration.
Please note that many of the smaller border posts have been closed to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
What you need for entry
You will need a valid passport to enter the Kingdom of Eswatini. You may also require an entry visa. Please check with your Embassy or the Eswatini Tourism Authority website for visa requirements.
PLEASE NOTE THAT SOUTH AFRICA MAY REQUIRE EXTRA DOCUMENTATION FOR TAKING CHILDREN THROUGH THE BORDER. THE FULL REGULATIONS CAN BE VIEWED HERE.
A QR-coded certificate of full vaccination against Covid-19 will allow travellers to pass through the border without having to provide a negative Covid-19 test. If this is not the case, the Kingdom of Eswatini requires travellers to provide a negative Covid-19 PCR test result, taken not more than 72 hours before crossing the border, for entry. It is valid for 14 days. Children aged 12 and under do not need to provide a vaccination certificate or negative test result. Please check just before travelling in case there are any changes to these requirements.
For more information on Covid-safety requirements, please visit our travel advice page.
Please note that all festivalgoers are required to provide proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 to enter any of the MTN Bushfire festival grounds, including the camping site.
All ticketing and accommodation can be found on the website: https://www.bush-fire.com/