Ngwenya Glass Tour / North of the Swaziland
Have a great day in Swaziland, while you are enjoying the presence of a fun guide taking you around at a very relaxed pace. you will really enjoy the day out meeting lots of local people.
First stop is in the Ezulwini Craft market.
Have a look around in the market, this is the best place to do your craft shopping or even just looking around and chatting with the people running the stalls. The people might be a little bit aggressive in selling, however there is lots of choice in the what they are selling so you will always find what you like.
Stop # 2
Drive over to the Capital city Mbabane , tucked in the granite peaks and the valleys that makes up the nearby hills of Dlangeni .This is the Swaziland’s administrative capital very and relaxed and unpretentious with a population of only about 60 000.
There is not a lot to see in Mbabane that than the Market which is pretty small and just to walk around the city. And right after that we will be heading out to the Ngwenya glass.
Ngwenya glass lies next to the border of Oshoek in the west.
Amid the mountains that that encircle Africa’s tiny Kingdom 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 its food lies in the remote village of Ngwenya Village which is the siSwati word for a crocodile.
In Ngwenya Glass a young Swazi craftsman and women employ an age old glassblowing techniques to breath the life into enchanting interpretations of Africa ‘s animals, also creating a unique range of table ware and decorative art glass each piece is handmade from 100% recycled glass.
There is also lots variety of shops within the ngwenya glass complex which the guest can feel free to walk and around and buy a post card or two.
After we done with our shopping from the Ngwenya we will be driving along the foot of the Malolotja Mountains towards Peaks Piggs, and here we will always be stopping on the side of the road meeting and buying from the artists who are carving all types of animals with soap stone.
It is unfortunate soapstone is heavy and you will probable not be able to carry it home but you can always buy the small animals and men and women faces.
This is our last stop here at Malolotja Nature Reserve where we are going to enjoy the most scenic landscape in Swaziland. Its spectacular flora. The extensive grassy hillsides and rocky ridges lend themselves to some excellent game viewing with backdrops unrivalled in southern Africa. Game to be seen includes Eland, Blesbok, Black Wildebeest, Mountain Reedbuck, Common Reedbuck, Grey Rhebok, Red Hartebeest, Oribi, Klipspringer and Zebra. The rare Aardwolf and the elusive Antbear also occur in the reserve. Predators include Leopard, Serval, Caracal and Black-backed Jackal.
Malolotjat Nature Reserves have a number of short walks and day trails, starting from the various viewpoints or picnic areas where we will also sit down and have a small picnic.
But we can then stretch our legs by getting out of the vehicle and get some fresh air and go for short hikes to some view points.
This will mark the end of our day out in the North of Swaziland.
We will then head back to Ezulwini valley where we will be dropped off to our various places of stay.
All our participants should be not more than the age of 75years old.