Africa is home to a colourful collection of vibrant people who know how to have a good time. Breathe taking landscapes create the perfect backdrop for a range of festivals and its little wonder why so many event organisers take advantage of the amazing natural landscape by hosting outdoor festivals showcasing the continent’s most talented musicians and artists.

We’ve selected some of the best festivals in southern Africa, which make perfect road tripping destinations. Added to this Drive Africa’s unbeatable cross border rentals make it that much easier to experience the best festivals that southern Africa has to offer. The Cross Border Car Rental Service  is one of Drive Africa’s best known specials allowing people to traverse the borders of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia (Livingstone only) and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls only) at very little additional expense.


The MTN Bush Fire Festival  is Swaziland’s premier outdoor festival, backlit by smoky mountains set ablaze by the amber sunset This three day festival celebrates creative expression through live music performance, art installations, handmade crafts and so much more. The festival is also a huge drawing card attracting talent from across the continent and far reaches of the globe. The festival hosts a vibrant handcraft market as well as an interactive art and dialogue space, a testament to nurturing the Swazi arts and cultural scene.

Dates: 30 May -1 July 2014


The AZGO Festival held in Maputo serves as platform for emerging and acclaimed artists and musicians to collaborate and perform in front of a culturally diverse audience. Festival goers are spoilt for choice in terms of the music on offer from hip-hop, traditional African music to dub step and jazz.

Date: 23-24 May 2014

South Africa

Afrika Burn is a unique derivative of the internationally renowned Burning Man festival held in the USA. It really is so much more than a carbon copy of the States based event and offers something distinctly African. Held in the Tankwa Karoo in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, festival goers are treated to art installations, live performances, theme camps and international dj’s as well as a kaleidoscope of colourful individuals who all make this week long event a truly remarkable experience. Nothing but ice is on sale at the event and festival goers are encouraged to participate in the a barter economy- it’s a decommodified zone that’s all about giving without expecting anything in return.

Date: 28 April – 4 May 2014


Hosted on the palm fringed shores of Lake Malawi, the Lake of Stars is an award winning festival. Founded by Will Jameson, the event was started to raise money for Malawi’s developing economy, promoting it as a tourist destination as well as showcasing Malawian artists. The festival brings with it a diverse range of music genres from Afropop, reggae, folk as well as top international dj’s and beatboxers.

Dates: 26- 28 September 2014