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Chobe Chair


The Chobe Chair is a unique design with rounded profiles and curved seat and back formed by genuine leather straps stretched over curved timber bearers to give a most comfortable seat that is pleasing to the eye.

Each chair is hand built by a couple of artisans at The African Touch trained by Richard Lowe. It is only available in small numbers to order due to the time taken to handcraft each chair. An interesting interpretation of the chair maker’s art that will uplift your space and set it apart.

‘Product details’ below has more information on this delightful chair. Please note the Chobe Chair is only available in a lacquer finish.

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The design

The Chobe Chair by Richard Lowe. The inspiration for this chair came to me while sitting on the Chobe River in the world renown Chobe national Park in Botswana. Looking at the gentle curves and shapes in nature, I wanted a chair that reflected the plants around me, a departure from more formal and traditional chairs. The result is a unique handcrafted chair with rounded profiles and curved seat and back formed by leather straps stretched over shaped timber bearers to give a most comfortable seat that is pleasing to the eye. Each handcrafted chair is hand built by a couple of artisans at The African Touch trained by Richard. Only available in small numbers to order due to the time taken to handcraft each chair.

The material and finish.

We build this handcrafted chair from Zambezi Teak, one of the prevalent species in Chobe. It is very hard and durable, but with a lovely colour and grain. For a lighter chair, we can also use African Mahogany. It is also a very attractive hardwood, but lighter in weight than teak.

The rawhide leather straps were traditionally used by the trekkers of yesteryear to make ropes and lash components of wagons and implements together. As the rawhide dries it shrinks and imparts great strength and rigidity to the chair.

A lacquer finish is excellent for an interior chair.

Uses of our Chobe Chair.

This comfortable, unique, handcrafted chair will uplift an office or dining space. The pleasing lines of the Chobe Chair do justice to our famous Bridge Table or Baobab Boardroom Table.

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Weight 13 kg
Dimensions 66 × 52 × 100 cm

1. Zambezi Teak, 2. African Mahogany

To protect your lacquered finish place your Chobe Chair away from direct sunlight. Apply a good furniture wax or polish, initially twice a month, thereafter once a month. Apply sufficient to thinly cover the surface. As it dries (becomes dull) buff with a clean cloth until a beautiful sheen is achieved. Between waxings, keep the finish clean with a soft cloth or duster, and buff without wax.

To protect and nourish your leather riempie strap seat and backrest, we carry The African Touch Leather Food stocks in our outlets.

Firstly clean the leather with a damp cloth. Leather Food should always be applied using a lint free cloth, a natural or synthetic sponge using an even circular motion. Drying is temperature related but the cream generally dries in a couple of minutes after which it can be buffed with a polish brush or soft cloth. It will renovate and provide an elegant lustre. It also provides a good degree of water resistance.

When you make your enquiry we will discuss delivery options with you.

Camps and lodges:

For camps and lodges in Southern Africa we can quote on delivery
with our transport or you may arrange collection.
For East Africa and beyond it is often more convenient for us to
quote containerised freight for large orders and air freight to nearest
airport for smaller orders.

International Orders:

Certain knock down products can be delivered by courier direct to you.
Slightly cheaper is to organise air freight to your nearest airport.
For large orders we can quote containerised delivery by sea.

Smaller orders in Southern Africa:

We will quote for delivery by courier or our transport depending on your location.


For orders to Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America we provide a
Certificate of Origin so that duty is not payable in your country of destination.

Orders supplied from stock we request payment in full when the order is placed.
For products made to order we request a 50% deposit on order
with the balance paid on completion.

We cannot offer a warrantee on chairs except for defects in material and workmanship that affect the integrity of the chair under normal use and weight limits. The reason for this is that chairs can be subject to huge stresses (such as when a heavy person rocks back on the back legs) that are impossible to compensate for in the construction of the chair without compromising on the design appeal.

We build with timber harvested from natural forests. The charm of this material is that no two pieces are exactly the same in colour, character or grain, and they will contain natural imperfections such as knots, stress cracks and so on that enhance their authenticity and attractiveness. As a result no 2 pieces will ever be identical and products may have natural imperfections. However, these will never be allowed to compromise the quality of construction of your piece.

The African Touch will not in any circumstances be liable for any claim which falls outside the scope of our warranty or for any consequential damages whatsoever.

We offer 10% discount for orders of 10 or more chairs, and to Professional designers and decorators. The discount will reflect in your quote.

Prices include shipping to your nearest main port. Should you require shipment ‘Door to Door’ or to an isolated port we may need to update your quote depending on the extra cost. The price excludes fees at the port of entry (customs clearance, tax such as VAT etc).

Questions? Call +27 68 246 2513