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Roorkhee Campaign Chair

From: R4,720.00

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 or lacquer. Lacquer brings out the grain of the timber beautifully but is not suited to outdoor use.  All fittings are solid brass commissioned especially for this chair.

Covers offered are full veg tanned harness leather or comfortable Canvas. We offer the Karoo Khaki canvas option with a built in cushion which is very comfortable indeed – well worth the small extra cost!

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 Himalayas 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 was 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 a wider, more comfortable seat and backrest. 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 nameplates 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, with no tools required.

Covers available.
  • Full-thickness pure veg-tanned bovine harness leather hand-stitched and riveted for exceptional comfort and durability.
  • Double padded Canvas in Karoo khaki, sand or grey.
  • Karoo Khaki canvas with built in cushion

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 campfire – 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 accompanied by the Expedition Folding Table or Campaign Folding Table.

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

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Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 68 × 21 × 21 cm
Seat сovers

Canvas double padded grey, Canvas double padded Karoo Khaki, Canvas Double Padded sand, Canvas Karoo Khaki Cushion Seat, Safari Harness Leather

Canvas carry bag

With canvas carry bag, Without Canvas carry bag

Oil finish

Your oiled Roorkhee Chair receives two applications of The African Touch Furniture Oil prior to delivery. Our outlets carry stock, should you require it. We recommend you 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 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.

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
10 10%
20 15%
50 20%

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. 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 73 080 5593