Swazi Candles was started in an old cowshed of a former dairy in 1982 by 2 South African art graduates. In those days The Kingdom of Swaziland was a haven of peace amidst troubled countries and proved to be an excellent place for setting up a Cottage Craft industry. The mountainous countryside was beautiful, the Swazi people were warm and friendly and proved to be ideal partners for our industry.
The little workshop soon gained a reputation for producing unique candles and started attracting visitors. The vibrancy of the workshop, uniqueness of the product and the skill of the artisans resulted in Swazi Candles becoming one of Swaziland’s premier tourist attractions. By the mid nineties the humble cowshed workshop had burgeoned into an industry that employed over 200 local people and exported candles all over the world.
The past few years we have developed some new product ranges including 100% organic soya candles, wax glow lamps (which illuminate for ±100 hours on 2 AA batteries) and handmade balms and soaps. Our range of products have grown into an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs. Following current trends and seasonal colour ways, we are continuously updating our styles and welcome requests for selected colours and patterns for custom orders.
Established in 1982, we are a manufacturing company based in the beautiful Kingdom of Swaziland in Southern Africa. Our core business is candle making both traditional parafin wax as well as 100% organic soya candle tea lights. Our colourful, handmade product range also features wax encased LED lights, pure vegetable glycerine soaps and marula oil bodybalm.
We have a vibrant, music filled workshop in the Malkerns Valley where we invite guests to come and interact with our artisans as they work their magic as well as a manufacturing workshop in the Matsapha industrial area where we produce the veneers for the candles and generate our bulk order products.
We currently export to over 20 countries.
The Swazi Candles Centre
An expedition to Swazi Candles is not just a candle experience. We are happily surrounded by other talented crafters, artists and artisans as well as a bustling market and souvenir shops. Sample some Black Mamba chilli sauce or take a stroll through Yebo Art Gallery. The Sambane Tea Garden provides excellent meals, cakes and daily specials in a beautiful shady garden setting with a fabulous children’s playground.
Soya Tea Lights
LED Glow Lamps
ADDRESS: Malkerns Valley, Malkerns M204, Swaziland