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Roorkhee Safari Dining Chair

From: R6,175.00

The Roorkhee Safari Dining Chair is based on the design of our very popular Roorkhee Campaign Chair, but with a higher seat making it an extraordinarily comfortable dining chair or office chair.

Based on a 19th century British Army Campaign Chair,  the Roorkhee Safari Dining Chair is designed to knock down by undoing the genuine harness leather straps and sliding the timber components apart. It can be conveniently stowed in a canvas carry bag. Paradoxically the knock down design that allows for movement in the chair components is also its greatest strength as it reduces the stresses on the joints of the chair.

Possibly the greatest asset of this chair is that it is SO comfortable. Ideal for guest around the dining table after a long day on safari, of as a unique office chair.

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.

Recommended weight limit 100kg (220lb). Please do not rock back and forth on any chair.

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Design of the Safari Dining Chair.

The Safari Dining Chair is based on the Roorkee chair originally designed and built in the Indian town of Roorkhee as a British Army campaign chair. In 1899, the British Army faced the Boer Commandos in The Boer War in South Africa. This was a new type of warfare – guerrilla warfare The enemy were fast, mounted guerrillas and the British had to be equally mobile. The Roorkee  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 Roorkee campaign chair and called it the Safari Chair. Ironically, it then became an iconic example of Danish Modern design.

Covers available.
  • Full-thickness pure veg-tanned bovine harness leather hand-stitched and riveted for exceptional comfort and durability.
  • Karoo Khaki, Sand or Grey canvas with built in cushion

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.


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Seat сovers

Canvas Karoo Khaki Cushion Seat, Safari Harness Leather, Green Capri Canvas & Tan Leather Combo

Canvas carry bag

With canvas carry bag, Without Canvas carry bag

Lacquer finish:

To protect your lacquered finish please on your Roorkhee Safari Dining Chair apply a good furniture wax or polish 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.


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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.

We offer 10% discount for large orders and to Professional designers and decorators. Please contact us to arrange your discount.

The Safari Dining 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 68 246 2513