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.

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. 

KPMG Swazi Mile
Place: Luphohlo Dam  (28 Jan 2018 )

The KPMG Swazi Mile is Swaziland's annual long-distance swimming event. For regional travellers this is an opportunity for a weekend away and participation in a relaxed and fun local event. No crowds, no fuss - use this as training for the Midmar Mile.

 

Panasonic Biathon & Triathon
Place: Luphohlo Dam  (11 Mar 2018 )

This annual event is open to both individuals and teams and is Swaziland's main event of this nature. A swim-run Biathlon and a swim-cycle-run Triathlon are the main events. Distances are short and families, as well as corporate groups, are encouraged to enter.

Umhlanga Reed Dance
Place: eLudzidzini  (28 Aug 2018 - 03 Sep 2018 )

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.