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The official MTN BUSHFIRE Campsite is set up and managed by All Out Africa and is conveniently located on Malandela’s Farm, 2 minutes walking distance of the festival arena.

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FAST FACTS

Malolotja Nature Reserve, SD
TBA
Starting at $125 USD
10%
tba
3 meals per day
Dates may vary by month

Flights are not included in the cost.

CAMPING OVERVIEW

The official MTN BUSHFIRE Campsite is set up and managed by All Out Africa and is conveniently located on Malandela’s Farm, 2 minutes walking distance of the festival arena.

Situated on well serviced, clean and beautiful lawns with plenty of space and 24-hour security the site has a true festival atmosphere with people from all over the world mingling and sharing in the joys of one of Africa’s finest festivals. Camping is the best way to enjoy the full MTN BUSHFIRE experience with the added benefit of not having to search for parking or a taxi, or having to drive home late at night! With direct access to the festival site it is a perfect way to make the most of your festival experience.

There are many camping options to choose from including our Readily Erected Tented Camps: “TENT VILLAGE” located on open grass lawns, “FOREST FIRE CAMP” located in a dramatic eucalyptus forest, and “CANVAS CAMP” located in beautiful shaded gardens on soft cut lawns. Each of these camps is fenced off from the rest of the campsite and only allows access to those with camp tickets. The tents are equipped with the essentials – comfortable mattresses and pillows (just bring a sleeping bag and a blanket). And if you have a family we have a dedicated FAMILY CAMPING area, only accessible to those with family camping tickets. Hot showers and flushing toilets available for all campers mean you can keep clean and fresh throughout the weekend. For the first time this year we also have our LUX camp, tents with ensuite shower facilities and breakfast!

Parking is an important consideration at the festival and a FREE official campsite parking area is located on the opposite side of the main road, only a 2 minutes’ walk from the campsite check in gate. Caravans, camper-vans and rooftop tents are welcome into the main campsite for an add-on fee which is paid when purchasing your ticket online. 60 cars can be parked next to a tent in the bring your own camping section. Campers are not permitted to drive cars into the campsite to drop off camping equipment or to park cars in the readily erected camps so a team of people with wheel barrows will be on hand to help you. If you think you have lots of camping gear, then think about bringing your own wheel barrow or reducing your load.

MTN BUSHFIRE is run by an efficient, friendly administration team who are on hand to assist you with checking in as well as at the Campsite Information Centre which will be open during the weekend. Here you will be able to charge your phones, buy MTN phone credit, or even find out more about travel around Swaziland and beyond. The campsite cafe serves delicious food, hot drinks and healthy fruit smoothies 24 hours a day so you can be sure to get a power boost whenever you need it! So book your camping spot now and sign up for the compete festival experience!

TRAVEL PACKAGES FOR MTN BUSHFIRE 2018

Choosing a travel package with All Out Africa is a great way to have the full festival experience. The fun will begin when you join other travellers and make your way across the border into Swaziland.

If you chose a travel packages with All Out Africa your package includes the following:

  • Travel from your chosen pick up and drop off point
  • Camping in twin domed tens in the Tent Village. These are readily erected tents that include 2 mattresses, 2 pillows with pillowcases and sleep two people. They are within walking distance of an ablutions block with hot running water, showers and flushing toilets.
  • Full festival ticket for the whole weekend
  • Fast track check in on arrival at the festival to your campsite
  • Breakfast each morning of your stay from our Campsite Cafe

Travel Packages Departures

Maputo to Bushfire

Departure point: Parque dos Continuadores on Mao Tse Tung
Departure time: 11:30, Friday 25th May 2018
Departure Bushfire: 16:00, Sunday 27th May 2018
Return point: Mundos, Avenida Julius Nyerere

Trip includes:

  • Transport Maputo to Bushfire (Swaziland) return
  • 2 nights Camping in Tent Village (2 x mattresses and pillows – bring your own sleeping bag)
  • Full Festival Main Arena Pass
  • Breakfast x 2

Tofo to Bushfire

Departure point: Hotel Tofo Mar
Departure time: 03.00am, Friday 25th May 2018
Departure Bushfire: 07:30, Monday 28th May 2018
Return point: Hotel Tofo Mar

Trip includes:

  • Transport Tofo to Bushfire (Swaziland) return
  • 3 nights Camping in Tent Village (2 x mattresses and pillows – bring your own sleeping bag)
  • Full festival pass
  • Breakfast x 3

Nelspruit to Bushfire

Departure point: Riverside Mall (outside Entrance 2)
Departure time: 12:00, Friday 25th May 2018
Departure Bushfire: 16:00, Sunday 27th May 2018
Return point: Riverside Mall (outside Entrance 2)

Trip includes:

  • Transport Nelspruit to Bushfire (Swaziland) return
  • 2 nights Camping in Tent Village (2 x mattresses and pillows – bring your own sleeping bag)
  • Full festival pass
  • Breakfast x 2
TRAVEL & PACKING

Crossing the borders

 

The border points will be extremely busy especially on the Friday and Sunday of Bushfire Festival weekends. Please ensure you have the correct documentation before departure to avoid any unnecessary delays at the border. The Oshoek/Ngwenya Border Post will be very busy (applies to the Nelspruit travel package).

Weather and things to bring

 

The end of May is generally a dry time in Swaziland so it shouldn’t rain. Bring clothing for chilly nights and warm days and a coat for if it rains. Make sure to bring a warm sleeping bag or blankets. It is also recommended that you bring a torch. Don’t forget to bring a towel and toiletries.

Food and Drinks

You are permitted to bring your own food and drinks into the campsite but you are not into the festival arena from the campsite.  The onsite CAMPSITE CAFE will be open 24/7 so you will be able to purchase food and drinks throughout the day and night (cash only).

 

Security

 

Please remember that you are camping in a big campsite and even though most people have good intentions some take advantage of opportunities.  We do work in collaboration with the local emergency services. EMS, fire and police will be located at the campsite as well as in the Bushfire Festival site itself. If you do have any safety concerns contact an All Out Africa staff member or go directly to a member of the emergency services.

CHECK-IIN PROCEDURES

PLEASE PRINT OUT YOUR CAMPING TICKETS WITH YOU AS YOU ENTER THE CAMPSITE FOR CHECK IN – YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE CAMPING CHECK IN AREA WITH THIS.

When you first arrive at Bushfire you will need to visit our check-in desk (THIS WILL BE SIGN POSTED AS “CAMPSITE CAR PARK”. Here are some important points to note:

  • You will need to bring a PRINTED COPY OF YOUR BOOKING CONFIRMATION FOR THE FESTIVAL, CAMPING AND CAR PARKING (IF BOOKED).
  • We urge you to arrive as early as possible on the Friday / Saturday to find a good site if you are bringing your own equipment.
  • Those who have pre-booked ready erected tents will have been allocated tents. Please ensure that you find the tent number that has been assigned to you.
  • You will only be allowed to bring your car into the campsite if you have booked this in advance.
  • You will not be permitted to park next to your tent in the ready erected tent zones.

You will only be allowed into the campsite if you have camping accreditation. Most of you will have purchased this in advance and the rest of you will need to do so on arrival. IT IS POSSIBLE TO PAY FOR “CAMPING WITH YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT” on arrival. All campers must visit our check-in desk to collect accreditation bands giving access to the campsite.

For those without pre-booked car parking tickets

  • On arrival at Malandela’s Farm (site of Bushfire Festival) turn into the camping car parking site and park your car as indicated by the All Out Africa site team (for those who are driving)
  • Bring your printed ticket and get in line to receive your camping accreditation band. If you are on one of our travel packages from Nelspruit, Tofo or Maputo then you will be allocated a tent in our tent village which you will share with another camper.
  • Queue up and collect your Bushfire Festival accreditation band from which will give you access to the Festival site
  • If you have a car (and have not booked camping car parking in advance) collect your camping gear, cross the road and enter through the Campsite Pedestrian Entry Gate. Please note that there is only one access point for the campsite for pedestrians and you will be required to show your accreditation bands before being permitted to enter the campsite. This includes all members of your party.
  • Find your camping spot in one of the designated zones. The Zones are clearly sign posted within the campsite.

 

For those with pre-booked car parking tickets

  • On arrival at Malandela’s Farm (site of Bushfire Festival) turn into the camping car parking site and park your car as indicated by the All Out Africa site team (for those who are driving)
  • Bring your printed ticket and get in line to receive your camping accreditation band
  • Queue up and collect your Bushfire Festival accreditation band which will give you access to the Festival site
  • A member of the All Out Africa team will complete your car parking permit and stick it on to your windscreen
  • Drive out of the check in car park and turn right out of the gate and head up the hill. Turn left at the top of the hill to the “Car Camp” or “Family Camp”. You must show your camping and vehicle registration to be permitted to enter. All members of your party must have their camping accreditation to be allowed to be permitted to enter the site. Pedestrians will not be permitted to enter through this gate.
  • You will be directed to the “Family Car Camping” area or the general “Car Camp”.
  • Collect your belongings from your vehicle and set up camp!
Q & A
  1. Can I park my car next to my tent?

Yes, if you book one of our limited availability car camp tickets along with your Bring Your Own (BYO) camping ticket, then you can park your vehicle next to your tent in our specially designated Car Camp zone. If you have a child under 16 and have purchased a Family Car Camp ticket and Family Camping for each member of your family, then you can park your car next to your tent.

However, parking next to any of our ready erected tents is not permitted but all those in these zones plus the BYO general camping zones are able to park in the large campsite parking area reserved solely for those festival goers who are camping in the All Out Africa Campsite.

  1. Is there electricity on the All Out Africa Campsite?

There is lighting in each section of the All Out Africa Campsite, but we do recommend that you bring a torch with you, especially if you are staying in the Forest Fire Zone.

There are no plug-in electricity points on the site for caravans or campers. However, if you want to charge your phone or camera you can do so for a small fee at the All Out Africa Information Desk which is situated next to the Campsite Café.

  1. Is there security at the All Out Africa Campsite?

Yes, security is vital to us. Each of our camping zones is fenced off and will be manned by a security guard. The main access points and gates will be manned by a security company. There will be additional security guards in place before the festival begins and throughout the festival.

Each zone is assigned a specific wrist band to ensure that only those campers that are eligible to can access each zone.

This year we are piloting electronic wristbands in our Family Camping zone which means that only those who have booked and paid will have access to the Family Camping zone through information that is pre-programmed onto their wrist bands. It is hoped that we will roll out this process to each zone in 2019.

In terms of personal items, we recommend that you only bring items that it is necessary for you to bring as there will be 3500 – 4000 campers onsite during the festival. Please keep your valuables with you. If you wish items in a secure place, such as car keys, there is a safety holding box at the All Out Africa Information Desk where you can deposit your valuables for a small fee.

  1. Can I make my own braai in the All Out Africa Campsite?

Braai is an important part of the camping experience in Swaziland and we are happy for you to bring your own barbeque or braai stand if you are staying in the BYO Camping or Family Camping zones. Please note that braais are not permitted in the ready erected tent zones – Tent Village, Forest Fire and Canvas Camp.

Fires lit on the ground are not permitted in any zone and you will be asked to put it out as fires are a health and safety hazard, especially in the forest areas.

  1. Can I bring alcohol into the All Out Africa Campsite?

Yes, you can bring alcohol into the All Out Africa Campsite but please note that you are not permitted to take any liquids into the Bushfire Festival site.

  1. Can I buy food at the All Out Africa Campsite?

The All Out Africa Campsite Café is open 24/7 from the Friday morning at 7:00 until the Monday morning at 11:00. The café serves teas, coffee and juices 24/7. Muffins, brownies, breakfast baps are available before midday and savoury wraps are available from midday onwards, subject to availability. There is a huge food court in the main Bushfire Festival site where you will be able to purchase a range of food to satisfy any hunger!

  1. Can I transfer part of the Camping Travel Package ticket to someone else?

No. When you buy a Camping Travel Package the seat on the bus, mattress in a tent and festival ticket are assigned to an individual. You are not permitted to give away any of the elements of the package to someone else. If you do so, the whole ticket will be invalidated.

  1. Do you welcome groups?

Absolutely.   We accommodate groups in our BYO camping section and we ask that tents are set up in rows rather than in a circle so that there is room for everyone. If you want to bring a group over 20 pax please email us at tours@alloutafrica.com to discuss arrangements for check in. We also offer a 10% discount for groups over 30 pax on the BYO camping price.

  1. Can I bring my children?

Absolutely. We welcome families and have set up a Family Camping Zone which is exclusively for those with children under 16 years of age. The zone is manned 24/7 and this year we are piloting electronic wristbands meaning extra security on who can move in and out of the zone. Children are eligible for cheaper camping tickets too!

  1. How do I book my camping tickets?

Camping tickets are only available to purchase through the Bushfire website. Groups over 20 pax should contact tours@alloutafrica.com to make their arrangements. Traders and Artists should speak to their relevant contact person in the Bushfire Festival team to discuss their arrangements.

Camping tickets for BYO Camping will be available at the beginning of the festival, subject to availability. Our Ready Erected Tents, Family Camping and Car Camps always sell out in advance of the festival so please book early to secure your spot.

This year we will be charging a higher fee for BYO Camping booked on arrival so take advantage of the cheaper price and book online in advance. We are opening on Thursday at 11:00 for this first time this year, and we anticipate that the All Out Africa Campsite will be full by Friday evening. Don’t miss out, book your camping spot now!

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FACILITIES & RULES

There are a range of services on site which are reserved just for the campers. These include:

  • The CAMPSITE CAFE serving hot meals, fresh squeezed juices, bottled water, fair trade filter coffee, chocolate brownies and muffins 24/7 during the festival weekend
  • 24-hour external security plus onsite security throughout the festival
  • Information desk where you can:
    • Charge your cell phones
    • Buy airtime and SIM cards from MTN
    • Leave your valuables in a secure place
    • Receive assistance about your onward travel in Swaziland and southern Africa
    • Learn about tours available with All Out Africa
  • Hot and cold water showers – Please be quick in the showers and try to conserve water
  • Flushing toilets
  • Pit latrines in Forest Fire Camp – close for convenience
  • Drinking water taps
  • Central fireplace at the CAMPFIRE CAFE
  • Direct access route into the Festival – but remember you will need to wear your Camping and Festival bands at-all-times to move between the two areas.

Campsite Rules

 

To ensure that everyone has a great time we ask our campers to adhere to and note the following rules:

  • Wear your wristband at all times – No wristband, No entry
  • No fires in the forest areas
  • No camping in the forest
  • Camp only on the designated cut grass sections
  • Do not put up tents in ready erected tent area
  • Do not enter another person’s tent unless expressly invited to do so
  • No drinks or food from the campsite into the festival arena
  • All rubbish including recyclables should be collected and placed in the green or black bins provided or taken to the main recycling area at the café
  • No fighting
  • No weapons
  • No car radio music
  • No excessive noise after 2am
  • No drums after 2am

Paid Car Parking rules:

  • Display your car parking sticker at all times
  • Park and camp efficiently, do not take up too much space
  • Do not park on any access route around the campsite (there are for service vehicles and for use by emergency services only)

If you do not abide by these rules your car may be clamped and you will be subject to a R2000 fine.

And importantly:

  • Smile
  • Laugh
  • Dance as much as possible
  • Eat
  • Drink
  • Love life
  • Bring Your Fire
  • Soak up the spirit of one of Africa’s’ finest festivals

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