KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development and Tourism hosts Umthayi Marula Festival, 17 Feb

All systems go for Umthayi Marula Festival

The province of KwaZulu-Natal has once more rolled out the red carpet in anticipation of thousands of visitors, some from neighbouring Swaziland and Mozambique, who are expected to attend this year’s Umthayi Marula Festival.

The festival, which takes place this Saturday, 17 February at the eMfihlweni Royal Residence in the far north of the province, is spearheaded by the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

It is an annual ritual of the Tembe clan where older women deliver a brew derived from the first fruits of the marula harvest to their chief, Inkosi Mabhuda Tembe.

Commenting ahead of the festival, the KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr. Sihle Zikalala, said the Umthayi Marula Festival had become one of the more prominent cultural activities on the province’s calendar.

Our continued support for the Umthayi Marula Festival has over the years seen the festival graduating into a major tourism draw card that attracts both locals and visitors that come from as far afield as the Seychelles, Mozambique and Swaziland.

Source: Government of South Africa