Shades of Ngwenya

Shades of Ngwenya is a glass factory where you can watch glass blowers at work creating glass tableware and animal figurines. "Ngwenya" is the Swazi name for crocodile. Shades of Ngwenya is situated near the Crocodile River, and is a part of the Crocodile Creek Craft Market. However, the name is actually derived from a mountain in Swaziland that looks like a basking crocodile. The original Ngwenya Glass factory is situated at the foot of this mountain.

Glass blowing takes place every weekday as well as the last weekend of the month. All handmade items on sale in the extensive showroom are made from 100% recycled glass.

Address: Sunridge Farm, PO Box 321, 1747, Muldersdrift
Directions: To get there from the N1 Western Bypass, take DF Malan Road (M5) travelling northwards to the Muldersdrift / Nooitgedacht area (very close to where the R28 crosses DF Malan). The turnoff from DF Malan Road (towards Nooitgedacht) is 2.5 km past Garden World. Shades of Ngwenya is signposted from DF Malan, and is on the right-hand side of the road. Turn right and travel for 400m.
Hours: Daily (Monday to Sunday): 9:00am to 5:00pm
Glass blowing takes place Monday to Friday and the last weekend of the month.
Note that some shops in the craft market close at 4:30pm.
Phone: (011) 796-3000
Fax: (011) 957-2736
Cost: Free
Refreshments: Cold and hot drinks, as well as snacks are available in a tea garden.

Copyright © 1999 Rodney Jones, Amethyst Information Services,
1 November 1999