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Safari Deluxe Director’s Chair

From: R4,410.00

The Safari Deluxe Director’s Chair is the top of the range of our Director’s Chairs. Built from the toughest of hardwoods, Zambezi Teak, it is superbly finished with specially imported eco friendly lacquer. Solid, polished brass corner blocks protect the edges of the armrests, which are extra wide for comfort and to place a glass of your favourite sundowner on. The hinges of the folding mechanism are also solid polished brass to add a touch of luxury. The folding parts of the chair are cushioned with leather washers for a smooth action.

Seats are extra wide and self tightening for superb comfort. We offer the Safari Deluxe Director’s Chair seats and backs in luxurious full thickness veg tanned bovine harness leather or our range of specially commissioned quilted canvases.

Recommended weight limit 120kg (260lb). Please do not rock back and forth on any chair.

For more information on this superb chair, please see ‘Product details’ below:


The origin of the director’s chair design can be traced back to the Ming dynasty in China during the 15th century. Initially, it was created as a collapsible chair for military officials and commanders, who required a portable seating option for their temporary camps. Later on, during the 19th century, European explorers and travellers adopted this design for their outdoor activities like hunting and camping.

In the safari industry, the director’s chair has gained popularity because of its lightweight and foldable design, which makes it convenient to carry and set up in remote locations. Moreover, it’s strong construction and comfortable seating make it an ideal choice for prolonged outdoor usage.

The director’s chair is a symbol of luxury and elegance in the safari industry due to its association with high-end safari lodges and camps.  Safari operators and travellers prefer the director’s chair for its timeless design and appeal, which offer both comfort and style while exploring the African wilderness.


Our Deluxe Director’s Chair is based on our Safari Director’s Chair design. We first started making the Safari Director’s Chair thirty years ago, and have improved on its design continuously since then. Solid brass fittings and the option of beautiful genuine harness leather covers, give the Deluxe chair a rare opulence and added luxurious feel.

This chair goes very well with our range of Campaign Folding Tables.

The Director’s Chair Drinks Tray is also a very attractive addition that allows you to clip the tray to the side of the chair. We have the drinks tray also available with solid brass fittings.

Seat Cover Options:

Director’s chair covers are made with UV stabilized, waterproof, ripstop canvas (double padded and quilted or single).  Standard colours are Safari Green and Sand. Another option is our Auto canvas covers in either Karoo Khaki, Sand or Grey. For other colours please enquire and we will check on availability with Cedarbrook Fabrics.

The most luxurious seat cover option would most certainly be our veg-tanned harness leather.

The process of vegetable tanning, as the name implies, uses organic material and natural tannins derived from the bark and leaves of various trees. This results in colours that are rich and deep in natural earthy tones. The fibres of the bovine hide used for the leather are visible in the finished product, lending authenticity and personality to the leather that makes it more unique. As a natural, breathable material, it gets more comfortable the longer you use it.

Veg tanning produces the most durable leather available. It is used as harness leather in horse saddles and similar applications requiring tough, resilient leather. Much stiffer and thicker than other leathers, it is more difficult to work.

To protect and nourish your Safari Harness Leather covers, we recommend you use Hide Food, which we carry stocks of. Firstly clean the leather with a damp cloth. Hide Food should always be applied using a lint-free cloth or a sponge using an even circular motion. The cream generally dries in a couple of minutes after which it can be buffed with a polish brush or soft cloth. Hide food provides a good degree of water resistance.


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Seat сovers

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

Director's Chair Drinks Tray

With removable Drinks Tray, Without Drinks Tray

Lacquer finish:

To protect your lacquered finish please on your Safari Deluxe Director’s 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.

1 review for Safari Deluxe Director’s Chair

  1. Peter Walker, Houston, Texas

    Received the beautiful furniture today.
    Many thanks for your help,
    Peter Walker

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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 orders of 20 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).

The Safari Director’s Chair folds conveniently for shipping. The chairs are packed 6 to a box. The dimensions of the box are 1200mm (48″) wide x 560mm (22.5″) high x 740mm (30″) deep and the weight approximately 58 kg (128lbs). If a smaller box is required we can make it.

The chairs can be sent by air or sea freight. Please Contact us for options.

Questions? Call +27 68 246 2513