MTN Bushfire 2017 Survival Guide
With just under three weeks to go until MTN BUSHFIRE 2017, its time to get ready! Make sure you have your tickets secured before you arrive as tickets will sell out before the event and there will be NO tickets available at the gate.
Make sure you also have your accommodation secured as options are also filling up quickly.
Every year MTN Bushfire camping, as well as most local hotels and B&Bs are completely booked prior to the festival’s start, so if you haven’t done so already – now is the time to plan your trip.
The best way to plan your MTN Bushfire weekend is to check out all the ticketing, accommodation and travel options here
The full line-up of the various stages can be found here, so plan your weekend so as not to miss out on any of the amazing acts performing this year.
MTN BUSHFIRE is in the scenic Malkerns Vallye at House on Fire, located a bout a 4 hour drive from Johannesburg, 23km from the capital city, Mbabane, and is a short 14km from Ezulwini.
Key in the following GPS coordinates- Elevation 756m – S 26’ 29.881 E031’ 13.110 to find us or use the Google Map cords: -26.4981694, 31.2147246,16
Remember to pack your hat and sunblock, the days are sunny but the nights are chilly, so make sure you have warm clothes for the evenings. No alcohol or food will be allowed in the main festival venue and no weapons can be brought into this safe and family friendly event. There is a wide selection of food and drink available on site and there are also bank machines for your convenience.
If you are staying off site – please make sure you have a designated driver as drinking and driving is taken very seriously in Swaziland and road blocks are common.
Some reminders for everyone traveling to Swaziland – please remember that over 20,000 people attend MTN Bushfire, many of them coming from outside of Swaziland and the borders can be heavy with traffic. Consider using one of the lower volume border posts (they keep shorter hours than Golela and Oshoek, for more information visit: http://www.thekingdomofswaziland.com/pages/content/index.asp?PageID=22.
All of Swaziland’s border posts are open seven days a week, but if you are using the Oshoek border post it is highly recommended to plan to arrive in Swaziland on Thursday or early Friday as the border post has seen extremely long queues Friday afternoon and evening in previous years.
You will require a passport to enter Swaziland, and please make sure you have checked the visa requirements.
SOUTH AFRICA REQUIRES ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK TO BRING MINORS ACROSS THE BORDER! PLEASE ENSURE UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND OTHER NECESSARY PAPERWORK IS SECURED BEFORE YOU LEAVE!
Open on Saturday & Sunday from 9am to 6pm, the MTN Bushfire’s Kidzone offers a safe and secure environment with 24 hour security and first-aid provided throughout the festival weekend. It is compulsory for all kids to be accompanied by parents into the zone and registered to make sure they are accounted for. No child is allowed in or out of the space without a wristband and all parents are compelled to provide their contact details upon entry, which will also be transferred onto the child’s festival wristband.
There will be trained child minders assisting in looking after everyone in the kid zone, however parents are still responsible for their kids and are advised not to leave them for long periods unsupervised.
Park n Ride
MTN Bushfire’s Park and Ride system, powered by Motor Vehicle Accident fund and Total, offers shuttles to and from the festival site and various pick-up/drop-off points. This system will commence on 26 May 2016 and run for the duration of the festival, operating along the Mbabane- Malkerns- Manzini corridor.
The pick-up points are: Mbabane (The Mall – outside Harvey World Travel), Ezulwini (The Gables – outside Spur) and Manzini (The Hub – outside SwaziNet)
Shuttles will operate on an hourly basis to and from the festival, starting at 17:00 on Friday, running until 03:00. On Saturday, the service will run from 10:00 to 04:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00. The cost of the shuttle is E20 per trip.
Some Do’s & Don’t’s
Any bags brought into the event WILL be searched upon entry.
The following items are prohibited and will not be allowed into the venue.
- Weapons, explosives, firearms, glass bottles, aluminium cans, hazardous and breakable materials, fireworks, lasers, flashlights and anything else that can interfere with the artists
- Professional DSLR, recording devices, video equipment that have not been pre-approved
- At the artists’ request, all unauthorized recording will be prohibited. (Illegal filming and/or recording will result in legal actions.)
- No pets.
- No illegal drugs of any kind allowed in the festival or campsites. You will be prosecuted.
- Illegal items will be confiscated at the door.
- No camping gear of any kind will be allowed into the festival venue. Camping gear will only be allowed into the campsite with a valid camping ticket.
- Flags that are used to identify your group may be brought in, but discretion is advised when constructing or designing these items, as they may sometimes be considered dangerous.
- Tickets are not for resale. Anyone found selling tickets outside the festival entrance, parking lot or any festival property may be prosecuted.
- No refunds on tickets bought.
- Children under 12 need to be accompanied with an adult to enter the Golden Lounge.
ATTENDEES MAY BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE IDENTIFICATION TO ENTER THE EVENT – ONLY ORIGINAL ID BOOKS/CARDS, DRIVERS LICENCE CARDS & PASSPORTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
ABOUT MTN BUSHFIRE
Every year around 26,000 music fans from across the globe gather in the scenic Malkerns Valleys of Swaziland to experience the internationally acclaimed event. More than simply a music festival, MTN Bushfire is a holistic experience made up of a rich texture of arts, cultures, crafts, food and people, carefully curated into specialized zones, to create an explosive three-day event and a memorable take home, family–friendly experience.
Celebrated for its uniquely African yet global offering, the MTN Bushfire line-up will once again include some of Africa’s top artists as well as a host of artists from across the world. Stay tuned for more exciting artist announcements over the next few weeks.