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The Kingdom of Eswatini

Mantenga Lifestyle & Craft Centre

Mantenga Lifestyle & Craft Centre is the oldest centre in Eswatini, having been set up as an aid project to boost the development of the Swazi handicraft market in 1975. It has since expanded and moved across the road, to where it is today – sitting famously ‘under the Big Tree’

Mantenga Lifestyle & Craft Centre is a unique destination nestled in the heart of a vibrant and diverse community in Ezulwini, with a treasure trove of crafts and gift outlets and restaurants.

We are all about celebrating the local arts, crafts and lifestyle that surrounds them and you are all the key to unlocking the magic and sharing it. You are the storytellers and together we can create lasting memories and foster an appreciation for our local artisans and their crafts.

What makes Mantenga Lifestyle & Craft Centre such an unusual place to explore and share with our visitors:

Crafts
Discover the allure of Swazi crafts. The owner-run businesses are entrepreneurs who showcase a wide range of traditional arts and crafts, including intricate beadwork, vibrant textiles and captivating woodcarvings.

Community Engagement
Our centre is deeply rooted in the local community, and we take pride in supporting and empowering local artisans.

Food
From indulging in delectable Italian home made pasta, traditional Portuguese food and baked goods, and smoked meats, the food court restaurants offer a diverse range of tantalising fusion of cuisines. The unique set up allows for each person to order from a different restaurant, with drinks from the Wine Boutique.

The Food Court

Bom Dia Restaurant and Bakery
Bom Dia Restaurant and Bakery specialises in delicious Portuguese meals and breakfasts paired with hand made breads, pastries, cakes and desserts, all locally made in-house. Only the highest quality ingredients available are used to ensure the best possible flavour and taste.

Cell : + 268 762 62905

Pizza Vesuvio
Indulge in the delectable flavours of mouth watering pizza and pasta. Giancarlo Maritan is originally from Italy and has brought some Italian cooking flair to Eswatini. He established his business after having started a family here. He takes immense pride in serving and mingling with his guests. Whether you crave a traditional Neopolitan wood-fired pizza, hand-made tossed pasta or gnocchi, Giancarlo ensures that each dish is prepared with love and attention to detail.

Instagram: Pizza Vesuvio Mantenga Esw.
Facebook: Pizza vesuvio cucina Italian Mantenga
Cell : + 268 7656 7770

The Smoke & Grill
Sipho Dlamini, a Liswati, has traveled to Germany and several other countries to research and master the ancient art of smoked meat. As a result, you can enjoy smoked pork, beef, and chicken where all cuts are grilled to perfection, bursting with smoky flavours that will have your taste buds dancing with joy!

Instagram: the_smokeandgrill
Facebook: TheSmokeAndGrill.SD
Cell: + 268 7612 1788

The Wine Boutique
Lungile Dube-Motsa has introduced a touch of class and sophistication to the centre. She will guide you in expanding your palate with carefully selected quality wines, spirits and cocktails or try the local draft beer and feel like a local. Cheers to a delightful journey of exploration and appreciation for the art of winemaking.

Instagram: the_wineboutique
Facebook: thewineboutiquesd
Twitter: @wineboutiquee
Cell: + 268 7802 7769 / 7612 2182

Retail & Crafts

Benguni Crafts
Benguni Crafts is one of the center’s longest-standing tenants, with Maria Sigwane having run her business for nearly 18 years, taking only a short break during COVID. Benguni Crafts specialises in handcrafted products, primarily created by Swati artisans. However, they also import items to achieve their goal of bringing the African continent under one roof . You can find everything you would hope to find in a Swazi market, in this store, with the price you see being the price you pay. Credit card facilities are available.

Instagram: benguni_arts & accessories
Cell: + 268 7657 2148

Express Jewellers
Mr. Mumba Kashiki and his son Mark, whose brand is proudly Swazi, established their business at the Centre in 2007. They manufacture handmade jewellery crafted by local Emaswati artisans using gold, silver, copper, and brass. They specialise in customisable and unique jewellery pieces – they work quickly, and quite often we hear of people either commissioning pieces one day and collecting them the next day, or getting repairs done overnight. One of the unique inputs that they use is giraffe and elephant tail hair

Facebook: expressjewellers
Cell: + 268 7667 3399

Kudvumisa
Husband and wife team, Daran and Teresa Rehymer from the USA, are both missionaries. They initiated Kudvumisa as a non-profit foundation solely focused on providing a professional retail outlet for women’s development initiatives from the most remote rural areas of Eswatini. All products sold in the store are crafted as part of the Foundation’s economic development program. Happiness, whom you are likely to meet, is involved in sewing and producing backpacks, laptop, Kindle, cell phone bags and a delightful assortment of animals made from colourful fabrics, ideal for gifting. One fascinating instance of creative collaboration within the centre is that Kudvumisa repurposes recycled wine bottles from their neighbour, The Wine Boutique, to create glass spoon holders or snack serving platters

Instagram: @OfficiaKudvumisa
Facebook: Kudvumisa Foundation
Cell: + 268 7602 5990

Massai Craft
Another husband and wife team, Thandeka and her Tanzanian husband combine cultures in their shop, thus giving it the name Massai Craft. A collaboration of art featuring Pan-African flavour, vibrant colours and funky designs, they have a huge amount of stock which is largely hand-painted, stitched or prepared in-house directly by Thandeka herself. One can see sculptures and paintings depicting influences from both the Massai and Swazi cultures.

You can arrange with Thandeka to remain open after hours, ensuring you can still purchase a locally made item.

Cell: + 268 7621 1261 / +27 73 451 2545

Rainbow Angels
Acan and his business partner Zanele have created unique angels and other wooden sculptures for many years. Join the long list of tourists who have taken home these wonderful sculptures which are great in your own home for friends to admire or as perfect presents from your travels, to your loved ones (that is if you can give them away). Visit Acan and Zanele at their shop.

zaneleshabangue@gmail.com
Instagram: rainbow.angel.arts
Facebook: Acan Masuku
Cell: + 268 7633 7859

Picture This
“Picture This! is an Eswatini-based company that deals in personalised framed canvas prints and scatter cushions.
“One of our grand visions is to showcase the beauty and rich history of our local Swati heritage and culture. We want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to have a piece of it in their spaces. To achieve this, we now have a collection of rare and historic photographs which we have printed on canvas so that we may share our love for our motherland with the world.”

Instagram: PictureThis.sd
Facebook: PictureThisEsw
Cell: + 268 7863 8611

Rose of Sharon Space
Rose of Sharon Space is a leather products retail business that offers genuine leather products sourced from across Southern African, creating a gateway to the region from Eswatini. The modern, Afrocentric handmade products include footwear (sneakers, sandals, vellies, boots, and pumps) for both women and men; backpacks, handbags, earrings, book marks and key holders. The business is socially conscious, creating employment and business opportunities for women and youth to supply packaging (handmade cotton pouches), branding services, courier services, and fittings. They are also mindful of their carbon footprint and waste management; hence they utilise sustainably sourced wood for their fittings, with a minimalist approach to their in-store displays; and their packaging comprises of reusable cotton pouches and or paper bags

Instagram : roseofsharonspace
Facebook : RoseofSharonSpace
Cell : + 268 7669 9126

Amahle
Amahle specialises in offering African made toys including dolls, fashionable clothing and wooden toys for young girls. While shopping for your daughter, niece, or a little girl’s birthday, you can also pick up something special for the mommies and ladies like their beautiful beaded necklaces.

Instagram: amahleliswati
Cell: + 268 7669 9126

The Booth
Experience convenience and innovation! This kiosk offers mobile wallet services and a range of products typically found in convenience stores, aiming to enhance tourism and facilitate trade within the Centre and its surrounding areas.

Cell: + 268 7805 6400

The Delightful Enchantment
Step into the Delightful Enchantment, a captivating haven where the vibrant spirit of Eswatini comes alive. Immerse yourself in the kaleidoscope of rich colours displayed by the local wood carvings, each one telling a unique story. Collaborating with talented wood carvers, Linda continuously enhances the quality of their craft while designing and developing new products. Through her innovative approach, she breathes new life into these carvings, transforming them into exquisite home décor and unique gifts. Prepare to be enchanted as you explore the artistry and charm of Eswatini, where tradition meets contemporary design in a harmonious blend.

Instagram: eswatini_tde
Facebook: tdeeswatini
Cell: + 268 7602 1189

Women Working Together Initiative
Women Working Together Initiative is a dynamic women-led movement fostering female leadership, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and networking. The initiative thrives on empowering women through a series of engaging events that inspire and promote the advancement of women in business. In their commitment to women’s economic empowerment, retail space at Mantenga Lifestyle & Craft Centre is provided for women-owned small and micro businesses, creating a platform for their products and services to be showcased.

Instagram: wwt_sd
Facebook: WWTInitiative
Cell: + 268 7918 2451

 

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