Our Story

Designers of distinctive furniture. Mastercraftsmen in hardwood.

History

We have been handcrafting furniture in our Victoria Falls workshop since 1992. We are surrounded by some of the finest and hardest of hardwoods, and it was an interesting journey learning how to craft this beautiful natural resource into fine furniture. The extreme density of the timber has meant we have had to evolve tools and methods of work unknown in other joinery shops.

Skills

The age-old skills of the master cabinet maker are largely lost in the modern world. In Africa people work with wood from a young age. The well educated people of Zimbabwe therefore make ideal candidates to learn the skills of the mastercraftsmen. The furniture we build reflects the qualities of the materials we use and the superb skills of our craftsmen. All senior craftsmen have a share in the business.

Our commitment

We are committed to never compromise the high standards and fine quality of our work as well as our design principles and attention to detail

Unique design and a great respect for the raw product is what makes owning one of our furniture pieces so sought after.

Company philosophy

Dedication to craftsmanship and insisting on the very finest joinery and raw materials are central to The African Touch philosophy. All aspiring artisans are apprenticed to a master craftsman who guides them during two to three years of apprenticeship. They are only entrusted with their own projects once this training is complete.

High quality Craftsmanship

No compromise on standards or reverting to mass production

Full bespoke work

Collaborate and create custom pieces as you want them

Authentic product

100% locally hand crafted in Victoria Falls

Steadfast after-sale service

Steadfast after-sales service and support you can count on

Pubs and Projects

We have been making bespoke furniture for Hotels, Lodges and Residential projects in Africa and around the world, for over thirty years, working with many leading architects and designers

Behind every piece of furniture, bespoke project or pub we make lies considered design, selection of the best quality African Hardwoods and skilled craftsmanship. We take on both small and large commissions from individual pieces of furniture for a private home to the fit-out of hotels, restaurants, camps and lodges, anywhere on the continent or even abroad. We are well known for our can-do attitude and design resolution skills. We love the challenge of a technically complex project, where we can utilise our creative skills and develop innovative solutions.

Testimonials (19)

Dear Richard and Gift
Good to see you earlier and just wanted to say how fantastic it is to deal with your business and your staff. The fact that the broken Roorkee was fixed and returned to me while enjoying a cup of coffee in your showroom demonstrates a level of customer service and engagement that one simply does not find in many businesses and all with a helpful smile. Thank you for that and I would honestly have no hesitation in recommending you guys for the quality of your products, the excellent pricing and to top it all great service. Look forward to seeing you include the Abelana story and your products in a promotional piece.

Regards
Richard

MTH Lodge

We are still on a high from the Rhino without borders function held last Friday. It was a huge success and as always we will not be able to host such an event without the support from our suppliers and for that we would like to say thank you…

This year we hosted 290 guest from Botswana, Zimbabwe as well as South Africa which gave our auction sponsors more exposure. The lot list went to the guests before the event with information of each item and the company who donated the item which allowed the guest to do research before the actual auction so they could pick their favourites they wanted to bid on. Your trunk was a favourite amongst the guest and our local Midas owner was the proud owner of the trunk at the end of the night.

Once again from all of us thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you again in 2020.

Best

Sharon

Sharon Unwin Rhino without Borders

Richard

The Bridge Table safely erected, damage free.

We are absolutely delighted, very many thanks. See you in November/December.

Kind regards

Richard & Joy
Ancre Hill Estates

Richard & Joy Morris

Hi Richard, the chairs are beautiful! Thank You!!…

Reneé Schulenburg

My beautiful purchase. Survived 3 international moves, 6 house moves, and still looking perfect! Such good quality.

Debbi Alderdice Executive Assistant , Perth Australia

Such a quality product delivered in a blink. Excellent service – best online experience I’ve had.

Sheryle Meyer

Just to let you know that the furniture delivery arrived on Saturday morning. Thank you very much for all your assistance and we are very grateful for your excellent customer service – the furniture looks great and we look forward to enjoying it for many years to come…

Jasmine

“Awesome, wow, wow pub looking incredible! thank you for all!”…

Brigette Straw - Designer on the Bayete Tavern

“Our consignment of Zambezi Teak furniture is now safely in our oak-framed house in Wiltshire. It is stunning. The Ngwezi table top was a six man lift an now I have oiled it, it is just fabulous.”…

John & Joanna Gladston

“I wanted to drop a short note to thank you for the table I bought. The table is outstanding and the quality well exceeded my expectations. The service received from Kerry and Graham with the delivery was excellent. Thanks again and will be back soon!”…

Grant - Seeds for Africa

Thanks, Sindy. The tables arrived last night and Nawa assembled them expertly. They are beautiful! Thanks very much for the good work….

Tobias Rasmussen

“The table arrived safely and we are very pleased with it.”…

Kim Jenkins

Gift …..thank u ..the chairs are beautiful. It was a pleasure to business with a you.
Thanks
Rene

The coffee table exceeded my expectations, it was excellent. Thank you very much. I am certain you will hear from me with another order

Augustine Matombo

Hi Sindy,

Thank you so much. The dining chairs were delivered at around 12 today!!!

I love them, they look fantastic!!

Regards,
Georgina

Georgina T Mubako

Morning Sindy/Richard,

Thanks for expediting those doors, they are perfect.

Kindest regards,

Jonathan.

Jonathan Gibson Owner, Chobe Game Lodge

Greetings Richard,
I only like to send you a “thank you” for the beautiful directors chairs that finally yesterday arrived to Mbizi in Luangwa Valley.

They looking fabulous!

Michael De Gre-Dejestam

Hiya

Thank you for the follow up call, sorry the signal is so bad here.

I do love the directors chairs and drinks trays, they are absolutely perfect.

Thank you for your kind offer of a table to go with the chairs, that is really over and above.

Much appreciated

Again, thank you for the follow up.

Regards

Gemma

Gemma Botha

Hi Graham

Thanks for following up – I’m pleased to say we love the dining table and are very happy with it indeed.

It’s exactly what we asked for, great quality and looks lovely too.

Thank you for all the trouble you took to arrange the manufacture and delivery for us.

Best regards,
Kerry

Kerry Hucker-Brown