Swaziland Local Events

Below you will find some of the upcoming sporting, entertainment, social and cultural events happening in Swaziland. Please note that Swazi cultural events in particular are subject to minor changes in dates, as the official announcements of these events are often only a week or two in advance.

The Swaziland Country Guide will tell you all you need to know about the best of Swaziland. If you are more interested in Swaziland's attractions or things to do in Swaziland, click on Swaziland Destination Guide and Swaziland Tours.

MTN BUSHFIRE - Music Festival 2017
Place: House-on-Fire, Malkerns Valley, Swaziland  (26 May 2017 - 28 May 2017 )

The MTN BUSHFIRE Festival is Swaziland's # 1 music and performing arts festival. We are the official Central Reservations supplier for MTN BUSHFIRE accommodation

Nedbank Swaziland's Imvelo MTB Classic
Place: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary  (03 Jun 2017 )

After a punch-packed Imvelo 2013 which sold out in just a few days,The Imvelo MTB Classic is Swaziland's most popular cycle event. Taking place within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, the Imvelo MTB Classic offers mountain bikers the opportunity of cycling in a game reserve. Entries limited to 500 cyclists.

Ngwenya Glass Mountain Bike Challenge
Place: Ngwenya  (08 Jul 2017 )

This is another of Swaziland's classic MTB events. Starting and finishing at the Ngwenya Glass Complex just outside Mbabane.

Ngwenya Glass will be hosting the 7th Ngwenya Glass Mountain Bike Challenge on Saturday the 8th of July 2017! Last year event hosted over 300 hardy cyclists and hopefully this year they will be back to savour the trails of Swaziland's highest altitude one day Mountain Bike Challenge. 

Umhlanga Reed Dance
Place: eLudzidzini  (23 Aug 2017 - 30 Aug 2017 )

The Umhlanga Reed Dance in Swaziland is arguably Africa's largest cultural event.  Tens of thousands of Swazi maidens gather and dance for the Queen Mother in an age-old demonstration of tribute to the Royal Family. Taking place over a 8 day period its two public days are a spectacle that is unrivalled in Africa.


The Inyatsi Swazi Frontier Mountain Bike Race
Place: North West Corner of Swaziland  (12 Oct 2017 - 14 Oct 2017 )

No Helmet - No Ride!

This is the pair-stage race to be held over three days in the North West corner of Swaziland. The route is carefully designed to showcase some of our Kingdom's most spectacular and scenic mountains and valleys.

Ncwala (Festival of the First Fruits)
Place: Royal Residences across Swaziland  (01 Dec 2017 - 10 Jan 2018 )

The Swaziland Ncwala Ceremony is the most sacred and spiritual of the annual cultural festivals in this African Kingdom. It honours the royal family and King as a source of fertility for the Nation. The Ncwala, or Incwala Ceremony offers cultural tourists a rare insight into a totally non-commercial and age-old traditional kingship event.