Whilst the festival is a one-day event, festival goers will be treated to a full and exciting Eswatini weekend experience with value-add activities. One of the event’s main commitments is to help develop the local tourism industry by engaging local partners to showcase their products & services to international festival goers.
Enjoy a weekend immersed in local flavour, with a host of fun activities on the weekend of August 3rd – 5th with the main event taking place on August 4th.
Weekend add-on experiences include:
Ngwenya Glass: Glass Blowing (Ngwenya)
Ngwenya Glass is one of Swaziland’s hottest tourist attractions. Since 1987, Ngwenya Glass has been making glassware in Swaziland from 100% recycled glass, building on a reputation of quality, functionality, beauty and environmental awareness. The glass factory is strategically located near the Ngwenya/Oshoek border leading into South Africa. There will be a team creating some unique glass artworks on Sunday, 5th August and visitors will be able to watch at no cost.
Mantenga Cultural Village (Ezulwini)
Situated in a Ezulwini Valley within Mantenga Nature Reserve, the Cultural Village is a natural display where visitors can learn about everyday life in a traditional Swazi homestead, and enjoy vibrant traditional dance shows staged at two intervals daily including on weekends.
There is also a small network of hiking trails offering visitors the opportunity to experience the beautiful contrast between riverine middleveld habitats and Highveld open grassland. The nature reserve also offers excellent bird watching opportunities.
Swazi Candles (Malkerns)
Guests can enjoy the vibrant, music filled workshop in the Malkerns Valley where they can interact with the candle artisans as they work their magic. The beautifully intricate designs of Swazi Candles use the ancient technique known as “millifiore”. Millefiore, or, “thousand flowers”, first surfaced in Alexandria, but was perfected in the great glass-making cities of Murano and Venice. The Swazi Candles shop is situated a few kilometers from the Luju venue and is located in a complex where visitors view local and African fashion; design arts and crafts; and relax amidst beautiful views at a coffee shop within the centre of it all. The complex is open daily including weekends.
Tree Top Canopy Tour (Malolotja)
Experience the thrill of gliding through the forest canopy in one of the last mountain wilderness areas left in Swaziland. The Malolotja canopy tour offers most dramatic scenery you will ever encounter with striking rock formations, towering cliff faces, a rich diversity of flora and fauna, across a lush forest canopy towards the Malolotja mountain forest peaks. Tours happen twice daily depending on volumes. Pre-booking is essential and can be made by calling (+268) 7660 6755 or (+268) 7697 5704.
Swazi Trails: The Amazing Race
This wacky and fun activity is an exploration challenge that will bring you learning, laughter and new insights into the subtle charms of Eswatini. Tackle it as a couple, a family, or a group of friends. The race is to be completed in two (2)hours and will be open on Sunday 5th August between 09h00 and 16h00. Teams can therefore enter to start anytime between 09h00 and 14h00.
Starting and finishing at the Swazi Trails offices at Mantenga, the playing field is approximately 500sq.km – a landscape of roads, trails, mountains, rivers, monuments, museums, villages, markets, stalls and attractions in the Ezulwini, Mbabane, Malkerns and Manzini area. You will need a vehicle for travelling and a cellphone for mapping and research. Strategise how best to zig-zag between the various tasks and interactions with local folk, who hold the answers to your success. Then race to the finish to beat the cut-off time. Prizes will be awarded for the day’s best scores!
National Museum and King Sobhuza Park (Lobamba)
This National museum is an amazing cultural experience and captures the link that Swaziland has with nature and the love it has for nature, the beautiful mountains, countless rolling hills and green pastures are all depicted in the natural history hall. The Museum and Park are open every Sundays.
TIMES: 10h00 to 16h00, Sunday 5th August
Find Out More
Visit the Luju online pages at www.facebook.com/Lujufestival/ , instagram.com/luju_festival and twitter.com/lujufestival for more information on accommodation packages, special offers and promotions as well as what you can expect on the main day of the festival on 4th August. You can also drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +268 2528 2040 if you have any further queries.