The Magic of Bushfire Festival

Two weekends ago I went to Bushfire Festival in Swaziland. It was the most awesome experience, and has made it’s way to the top of my list of favourite festivals.

I wasn’t entirely sure what we were getting ourselves into when planning on attending this festival for the first time. I’d heard about it through some other bloggers and read up about it online. I knew there would be music and I knew it was in Swaziland. Besides from that I wasn’t too sure, I think this made it whole experience even more fun.

So in we hopped into the car, camping gear backed, passports ready and map on the front seat for a roadtrip to Swaziland. It took about four hours to get from Joburg to the Oshoek border and was a really chilled drive. The first exciting part of this trip was going through the border. I love getting stamps in my passport and the feeling of crossing into another country is always so exciting.

We got through relatively quickly and was quite a breeze. Then into Swaziland!

It is beautiful there. Really. The mountains are amazing. And cruizing through them to the festival was quite a sight. I definitely want to back to explore the sights of Swaziland.

Anyway back to the festival. We finally arrived and decided to set up camp before exploring. We had booked to stay at the campsite provided by All Out Africa which is right next door to the festival. If you’re not a happy camper then you can book to stay at the many hotels, B&Bs and resorts in the area. I think many do that and just drive through to the festival each day.

A festival doesn’t feel like a festival unless I’m sleeping in a tent, so camping was the way to go. It’s always such fun, and you are bound to meet awesome people in the campsite and have the most random time. They also had showers with hot water and decent enough toilets – win!

One of the first things that I noticed was the number of foreigners that were streaming into the festival grounds. Accents from all over the world could be heard – the US, England, Australia, Spain, Portugal, France as well as other African countries. It was awesome. I felt like I had traveled across the world. This was what made me fall in love with this festival. The diversity of the crowd that it pulled.

Families with young children, teenagers, middle aged, and elderly people all coming together to celebrate. Not to mention all of the ethnicities. It was really a mixed bag of people, which was something really special to experience. Music really has the power to bring all sorts of people together, and this was really prevalent at Bushfire.

Music, good vibes, happy faces, culture, food, party and fun – this was Bushfire. It was such a laid back festival, so down to earth and natural, creating the perfect atmosphere to chill out and let your hair down. Dance like no one is watching, sing like you’re in the shower and just have the best time. No judgies.

I discovered awesome new music, learnt how to make music with a pipe and met some awesome people. I loved every second and can’t wait to go back.

It’s hard to put this experience into words, so here are a few pictures.

The crowd enjoying the music as the sun sets over Bushfire Festival.

The crowd enjoying the music as the sun sets over Bushfire Festival.

Pedro the music man and his two dancers. These two had so much energy, and some awesome dance moves.

Pedro the music man and his two dancers. These two had so much energy, and some awesome dance moves.

This guy was pretty awesome, as he played his guitar the little men danced beside him.

This guy was pretty awesome, as he played his guitar the little men danced beside him.

Bushfire Musicians

Bushfire Musicians

The crowd getting involved with Pedro's performance. Making music with pipes.

The crowd getting involved with Pedro’s performance. Making music with pipes.

Festival goers enjoying some delicious food while hanging out with friends in the market.

Festival goers enjoying some delicious food while hanging out with friends in the market.

I loved these lego ornaments on sale at the market. The two lego lights on the right are so awesome!

I loved these lego ornaments on sale at the market. The two lego lights on the right are so awesome!

Smoothies! I didn't try these, but they always had a queue outside the stall so they must have been good.

Smoothies! I didn’t try these, but they always had a queue outside the stall so they must have been good.

The market was full of locally made products. These carpets were really cool. There seemed to be such unique and different locally made goods than the usual stuff you usually see at markets. Remember to take money to spend - cos you'll want to shop!

The market was full of locally made products. These carpets were really cool. There seemed to be such unique and different locally made goods than the usual stuff you usually see at markets. Remember to take money to spend – cos you’ll want to shop!

Fancy a massage? If the festival vibes get a bit too hectic for you (or your tent isn't too comfy), go chill out and enjoy a  massage.

Fancy a massage? If the festival vibes get a bit too hectic for you (or your tent isn’t too comfy), go chill out and enjoy a massage.

Everything at Bushfire Festival was so colourful and creative.

Everything at Bushfire Festival was so colourful and creative.

'Writings on the Wall' This huge chalkboard wall in the Barn was the place to share your words of wisdom, share your love and spread the awesomeness of Bushfire Festival. This was still on Saturday, by Sunday the wall was full of scribbles and drawings.

‘Writings on the Wall’ This huge chalkboard wall in the Barn was the place to share your words of wisdom, share your love and spread the awesomeness of Bushfire Festival. This was still on Saturday, by Sunday the wall was full of scribbles and drawings.

The Camp site at All Out Africa next door to the festival. This was the best spot to camp out in the campsite, under the shady trees with green grass.

The Camp site at All Out Africa next door to the festival. This was the best spot to camp out in the campsite, under the shady trees with green grass.

A slow start to the morning with people slowly starting to walk around the festival grounds.

A slow start to the morning with people slowly starting to walk around the festival grounds.

This igloo was so rad. They held little gatherings in it throughout day.

This igloo was so rad. They held little gatherings in it throughout day.

House of Fire, the venue where the festival is held.

House of Fire, the venue where the festival is held.

Loved these giants balls on sticks, each of them were made of some or other recycled product. So creative!

Loved these giants balls on sticks, each of them were made of some or other recycled product. So creative!

The festival is set right next to sugarcane fields. True Swaziland.

The festival is set right next to sugarcane fields. True Swaziland.

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