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The Kingdom of Swaziland, well known for its many cultural festivals will stage “Emaganwini” or Marula Festival, celebrating the harvest of Marula Fruit, between now and mid-May.

(TRAVPR.COM) SWAZILAND - February 25th, 2016 - Marulas are the most popular fruit in the country, due to its believed medicinal and fertility properties, as well as being the main ingredient of the delightful Marula beer!

Becoming one of the countries most exciting traditional ceremonies, Marula Festival starts at the royal residence, Ebuhleni, when King Msuati III and the Queen Mother are presented with gifts and Marula beer from each household. Only after the royal family has first tasted the Marula Beer, are the rest of the nation permitted to join in and drink. After this King Msuati III and the Queen Mother start to travel across the country, joining the nation in song, dance and celebration.  

Although the Marula fruit can be found throughout Africa, it is in Swaziland where it is found in abundance. February celebrates the start of the harvest season where women and children collect the fallen Marula fruit and store it until turns to a creamy yellow colar. In a nutshell, the flesh from the fruits is then squeezed out, mixed with water, sugar is added and it is fermented and destilled into the delicious and well-known Marula Beer. Marula is also used in skin care products and medicines, popular in the country for its huge fertility properties.

Marula festival is very important for Swazi tradition, not only for dancing and celebration, but where Swazis are give thanks for another ‘fruitful’ harvest, and showing their appreciation in anticipation for the following year. 


Despite being the smallest country in the Southern hemisphere, Swaziland more than makes up for its lack of size with a hugely diverse range of attractions and activities. As one of the few remaining Executive Monarchies in Africa, culture and heritage are deeply engrained in all aspects of Swazi life, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all who visit. As well as the rich culture, the overwhelming friendliness of the people makes all visitors feel truly welcome and very safe. Add to that a stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country that are home to The Big Five, and you have all that’s best about Africa in one small but perfectly formed and welcoming country.


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Name: Adele Cutler
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