Since 1987, Ngwenya Glass has been making glassware in Swaziland from 100% recycled glass. Building upon a reputation of quality, functionality, beauty & of being environmentally aware. The unique combination of factors that make up Ngwenya Glass, make it a living & breathing animal in its own right…
Ngwenya Glass’ charming complex is set in large indigenous gardens and is considered one of Swaziland’s major tourists attractions!
Amongst the mountains that encircle the tiny African Kingdom of Swaziland is one that resembles a basking crocodile. At its summit is the world’s most ancient iron ore mine, dating back 43 000 years and at its foot is the remote village – NGWENYA- (Siswati name for “crocodile”).
Here a small group of Swazi craftsmen and women – with age old artistry – breath life into enchanting interpretations of the animals and birds of Africa, imbuing each with its own irresistible personality. Witness first-hand the magical art of glassblowing from an overhead balcony. Each item handmade from 100 % recycled glass ! Browse around the adjoining showroom which is well stocked and purchase your little memento of a truly African visit to our Kingdom.
What people say
"With a deck overlooking the glassblowers, what a marvel to see how recycled glass bottles are transformed into wild animals, glasses, chess pieces, trinkets etc. Beautiful hand made pieces close to the border at Mbabane."− Leanne D - Pretoria, South Africa
"I visited this complex on a guided tour of Swaziland. It was a welcome dose of retail therapy after several days of camping and game viewing. The main attraction is the glass factory where you can watch the process from a viewing gallery. There are so many lovely pieces to buy and they wrap them well for the journey home"− Joylon - London, United Kingdom
"The atmosphere in the factory area is worth a visit alone. Exciting and with a vibe and energy that is palpable and unique. A great collection of shops and Fair Trade to boot. The glass showroom is also a wonderful surprise with unique products that beg to be bought."− Garth J - Johannesburg
"Fantastic experience and worth half a day of your time to see craftsmen at work first hand. Very nice shop display, also supported by fascinating local " craft" style shops on site."− Pat M - Ringwood, United Kingdom
"A must visit if you're in Swaziland. Locals are encouraged to bring glass here to be recycled and made into beautiful glass pieces. You're able to go into the actual factory and watch as they heat and shape the glass. How interesting! "− Celicia - New York City, New York