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Traffic at the border fails to dim tourists’ mood post-Bushfire

By Bahle Gama

Despite being stuck in traffic at the Ngwenya Border post, tourists who were in the country for the Bushfire Festival were still in high spirits.

The hot weather and long queues did dim the fun-loving tourists’ excitement about the weekend, who when interviewed expressed how they wished Bushfire was a week-long event.

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Eswatini had its 16th edition of the Bushfire Festival which began on May 26-28. Next year the event will begin on May 31 to June 2. Thapelo from Lesotho said he had a great time during the weekend and would be returning next year.

People queueing at the border to cross. Picture: Bahle Gama

Thapelo and many others were seen still wearing their bushfire wristbands and merchandise which they said were souvenirs of the memories made during the festival.

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“This traffic is not upsetting at all, it is a sign that the event was amazing, and everyone here is in high spirits as you can see and we are taking with us the beautiful memories created in Eswatini, with the intention of returning for more,” said Nowabisa from Mozambique.

All those interviewed sang the same tune of returning to the next festival and stated that any traffic and long queue is worth it.

“I would return in a heartbeat and still gladly endure the traffic back home,” joked Jose from Gauteng.

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