Roorkhee Campaign Chair

From: $ 325.99

The Roorkhee Campaign Chair is portable, lightweight, and extremely comfortable. A very unusual design based on a British Army campaign chair of the 19th century.

Designed to disassemble with a few leather belts and stow in a bag, it is very easy to set up! When sat in, the straps, arm rests, seat, and back all act in tension to keep the chair firm and comfortable. This functional design also makes it stable on uneven ground. The Roorkhee canvas carry bag is available as an optional extra. Please enquire if you would like one.

Each component is hand turned in African mahogany and then finished with furniture oil. All fittings are solid brass commissioned especially for this chair.

Covers offered are full veg tanned harness leather or super comfortable Auto seat canvas.

For more information on the origin of this inspiring chair please see the Product details below.

For detailed information on the properties of the different material types used for seat covers please see our article on cover choices.

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Origin of the Roorkhee Campaign Chair.

The Roorkhee chair (sometimes called the Roorkee chair) was originally designed as a British Army campaign chair. It was first built in the town of Roorkhee in the foothills of the Himalaya by an unknown artisan working for the Indian Army Corps of Engineers, then part of the British Army. In 1899, the British Army faced an entirely new type of enemy. The Boer War in South Africa changed warfare forever. The enemy were tough, mounted guerillas with exceptional shooting skills who outmatched the British at every turn. The over-designed campaign furniture of the Victorian Era was unpractical for the new hit-and-run tactics which demanded something lighter and more versatile. The Roorkhee Campaign Chair fitted the bill perfectly. Light, practical and easy to disassemble for travel yet still robust enough to stand rough treatment. The design also had the advantage of allowing the chair to adjust to uneven ground.

In 1933 Kaare Klint, considered by many to be the father of modern Danish design came across the Roorkhee chair while on safari in Africa. He re-invented the Roorkhee campaign chair and called it the Safari Chair. Ironically, it then became an iconic example of Danish Modern design.

Our design

We have adapted the original design of the Roorkhee Chair to beef up the timber sections and give wider, more comfortable seat and back rest. The backrest swivels flawlessly on purpose designed and commissioned solid brass bolts that add real class to the chairs. We also commissioned the solid brass buttons that hold the harness leather armrests in place. Brass name plates hold the rear of the armrest to the rear leg.

These safari chairs are hand turned in beautiful and durable African mahogany. The timber is finished with a fine furniture oil making it ideal for interior or exterior use. It is designed to be easy to assemble and disassemble, no tools required.

Covers available.
  • Full thickness pure veg tanned bovine harness leather hand stitched and riveted for exceptional comfort and durability.
  • Double padded 4 x 4 auto canvas in sand or grey with leather trim.

The African Touch Roorkhee Campaign Chair is ideal for the following uses:

  • In a Safari Camp or Lodge outdoors on uneven ground in the boma or around the camp fire – the legs automatically adjust to the uneven ground.
  • In hotels, camps or lodges as a comfortable chair to relax in your room, on the stoep, or in a living area.
  • In your 4 x 4 vehicle when on expedition. Folded and packed in a canvas travel bag while on the move.
  • At home anywhere!

One thing I have noticed is that the Roorkhee chair is very comfortable to read a book in – the leather armrests adjust to the perfect angle to hold your elbows as you hold the book!

The Roorkhee Safari Chair is often accompaied by the Expedition Folding Table or Campaign Folding Table.

Please contact us for a custom African Touch for your home.

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Weight8 kg
Dimensions68 × 21 × 21 cm
Seat сovers

Auto Canvas double padded grey, Auto Canvas Double Padded sand, Safari Harness Leather

Oil finish

Your oiled African Touch products receive two to three applications of Satinwood 28 Base oil prior to delivery. Our outlets carry stock, or you can find it in most hardware shops in South Africa. We recommend you do one application on installation of the furniture. From time to time you will need to re-apply the oil. If the furniture is used outdoors, please do the re-application at least every 6 months, preferably every 3 months. When in doubt, re-apply when the finish looks faded or dry. The recommended application procedure is as follows:

  • Wipe surface down with a clean cotton cloth lightly moistened with mineral turpentine. (Ensure that all surfaces are completely dry and clean before proceeding with the next step)
  • Use a clean cotton cloth or soft bristled brush dipped in the oil and apply in light, short strokes, ensuring thorough and even distribution of the oil.
  • Leave the oil on the furniture for at least 1 to 2 hours (but not more than 24 hours), to allow absorption into the wood.
  • Use a clean cotton cloth and wipe off all excess liquid to leave a natural smooth finish.
  • Allow to dry for approximately 24 hours.


If the surface of your furniture becomes a bit grimy over time it can be very effectively cleaned with Deckwash from Timberlife. Apply with a clean cloth.  Work in well over the total surface and wipe off all excess liquid.

If a wet glass or similar is left on the surface it may leave a watermark. In this case please wipe the water off as soon as possible, and if necessary apply some more Satinwood 28 base. If the mark is still slightly visible you can rub with a little baking soda mixed with an equal part of water, wipe off with a damp cloth and re-apply the oil.

Leather covers

To protect and nourish your leather covers, we recommend you use Hide Food from Stapol. We carry stocks of Hide Food in our outlets should you require it.

Firstly clean the leather with a damp cloth. Hide 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.  The leather we use is 100% natural bovine leather and may have blemishes from the original hide. These blemishes are not covered up in the tanning process and only add character to the finished product.

2 reviews for Roorkhee Campaign Chair

  1. Jonathan Davies

    Hello Gift. Just a note to say thank you, all received in excellent condition, and I’m very happy with the items. I am very impressed by the quality, thickness of the canvas and leather, the quality of the wood and joinery – thank you. The chairs are extremely comfortable, and look and feel superb.
    Edwinsford, UK.

  2. AH

    Dear Gift,

    Just wanted to let you know that our chairs arrived in good order. The assembly instructions were clear enough that even I could follow them so the chairs are now positioned properly before the fireplace. Thought you might like to see the use so am attaching a photo.
    Thanks again for your patience and prompt communications as well as the trouble-free shipment process.

    Al, Florida, USA

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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.

For large orders we offer discounts. Please see the table below for the % offered.

Number of Roorkhee Chairs ordered% discount offered

The Roorkhee chair is ideal for international shipping. The chair folds down into a neat bundle that packs into a canvas bag small enough to send up to four chairs by courier. A slightly cheaper alternative is to airfreight to your nearest airport. Please Contact us to arrange a quote for you.

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