About Zawadi

About Zawadi


It all began many years ago one late summer afternoon in Knysna, South Africa.  Our first collection of African figurines stacked in a few boxes in the back corner of a large and empty warehouse suddenly looked more like an impulsive leap of faith based entirely on the quality of the items in the boxes. But before dust had time to gather on any box, the stock was on retail shelves and sold out promptly with customers immediately placing repeat orders. So began the ever growing demand for the range we called Zawadi, the Swahili word for “gift”. Today our premises cover two warehouses and over 1000 square meters as we continue to expand our range, with plans for a third warehouse in the near future. We have expanded our manufacturing capacity, and offer branding to our customers too.

Now 24 years later we are a known brand, and making our mark in contemporary décor innovation that Africa is becoming increasingly renowned for the world over. The demand for African design among top contemporary décor styles across the globe has seen Zawadi both influence and respond to evolving modern trends. Our accent and collection pieces that offer a fusion of classic African culture with contemporary lines and finishes are beautifully at home in rustic, classic, modern and sophisticated interiors.



Zawadi designs and develops its many ranges in Knysna, with innovation, quality and style being key words. We also manufacture custom designed items based on order volumes. Zawadi’s silver plated and bronze patina decor range of statement pieces has brought wild Africa into the modern interior, using luxurious metals and finishes to meet the demand of discerning buyers with an eye for the exotic and the timeless.

As the Zawadi selection continues to shape and meet evolving African trends in global interior design, we are expanding the choice of creative innovative selections of ceremonial tribal traditions. Our collection of ornamental home-ware in African themes has expanded our product range, offering a much greater appeal.


Superior quality in all our products that we produce, and attention to the accuracy of detail in all that we do is our hallmark. Quality in service and value for money are all equally important. Continually introducing new lines is the cornerstone of our success, together with substantial stock holdings at all times and our speedy deliveries around the country and the globe.



  • Gondwana Game Reserve
  • Kariega Game Reserve
  • Makalali Game Reserve
  • Pumba Private Game Reserve
  • Shamwari
  • Arathusa Safari Lodge
  • Bakubung Bush Lodge
  • Born Free Foundation
  • Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary
  • Cango Wildlife Ranch
  • Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary
  • Cheetah Conservation Fund
  • Cheetah Outreach Somerset West
  • Cheetah Experience Bloemfontein
  • Chimp Eden (Jane Goodall Institute)
  • Daniell Cheetah Project
  • The Elephant Sanctuary (Plettenberg Bay, Hazyview & Hartebeespoort)
  • Gondwana Game Lodges – Namibia
  • Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
  • Inyati Game Lodge
  • Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Karongwe Private Game Reserve
  • Karoo National Park
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • Kings Camp Private Game Reserve
  • Knysna Elephant Park
  • Koka Tsara Bush Camp
  • Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
  • KZN Wildlife Resorts
  • Mabula Lodge
  • Montusi Mountain Lodge
  • Mziki Safari Lodge
  • Phezulu Safari Park
  • Safari Plains Lodge
  • Savanna Private Game Reserve
  • Simbavati Safari Lodge
  • Singita Luxury Lodges
  • Spitskop Safaris
  • Tau Game Lodge
  • Tenikwa Wildlife Centre
  • Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge
  • SA Lion Park
  • Isandlwana Safari Lodge
  • Jackalberry Lodge

Exceeding your expectations is our service promise, so let us inspire you with our range today ! Please view our reviews and quality assurance, and contact us for more information. Regards, the Zawadi team.