Canvas Tents Direct To You

This page contains a variety of canvas products which are almost all manufactured in South Africa since we are a world leader in producing canvas tents and products. Being able to ship from manufacturer directly to you can have a significant cost saving against the retail costs for similar items from suppliers with onerous overhead and stock carrying costs typically associated with brick and mortar stores. There is also a disadvantage when purchasing online and that is one does not have the ability to see and touch the product before making your buying decision.

Since we have no holding costs we are able to advertise a range of products, some of which are particularly ‘niched’ in their markets and as such you may have never known they even exist.

Selecting the right product for your application is important, but getting too wrapped up in the fabric composition, coating, stretch co-efficients, hydro-static properties, weight etc. Jargon which may take longer to figure out than the actual life span of the product may not be the best time spent. We have no doubt that there is as much info on the net as you have time to research, and for the vast majority of our subscribers / guests / campers we summarise the key points below;

Cotton Canvas – the original fabric used for tents and this dates back literally hundreds of years. Cotton canvas is 100% cotton and as such creates a wonderful ‘out of Africa’ feel, it is warm in winter and cool in summer, it breathes beautifully eliminating condensation, and it is generally used for sturdy tents. But, there are some really significant disadvantages; it is expensive, it is heavy, really hard to clean, but most importantly it will rot and not before too long either. Cotton, being a natural fabric is highly susceptible to mildew as a result of a little damp and it is almost impossible to ensure that the tent is 100% dry before packing it away. Cleaning mould or mildew is also difficult and will abrade the fabric.

The long and short of it is that you should side step this option, and if you feel irresistibly drawn to it, we can create a tent based on our Pop-Up Camp safari tents using cotton canvas.

Poly-cotton Canvas – The vast majority of serious campers probably have a poly-cotton canvas tent or two and, as the name suggests, this is a fabric made from a blend of cotton and polyester, which was deemed the ideal combination of the ‘breathability’ of cotton and the durability and strength of polyester. This fabric is generally used for tent-on-frame designs; they are hardy and weather resistant including the fact they will still be standing long after nylon tents have blown away. Of late this fabric has evolved into a teflon-coated, rip-stop polyester fabric without cotton, which to the untrained eye is difficult to distinguish from poly-cotton.

Poly-cotton (or polyester) tents are generally larger than the typical nylon ‘pop-up tents’ and are ideal for larger spaces and where you anticipate a bit of inclement weather and where you are likely to be based somewhere for a week or more (these are typically the tents that we use for our crew at our pop-up camps).

Nylon Tents – The most common all-purpose domestic tents in use today are made from nylon, and mostly using carbon frames, some of which are integrated and cannot be detached from the fabric. Nylon has good water resistant qualities, is reasonably cheap, tough, light weight, and is available in a variety of colours. Nylon tents are not great in wind, and will often fold over in a storm, and they don’t breath, so expect much condensation inside the tent in the morning.

Ideal for hikers, kids and novice / casual campers.

The right tent size.Tent capacity

We have probably all seen tents referred to as a 3-person tent, or a 4 -person tent and so on. And in our experience this is a little misleading to say the least unless it is accompanied by a schematic floor plan layout, which sometimes it is, but often not.

The adjacent image depicts a tent with space for 8 people (adults), and we believe that this does not provide nearly enough space for a comfortable camping experience for 8 people. The most modest stretchers will require an area the dimensions of which will be 180cm x 70cm and would probably require an access space of at least 30cm between or around them.

In summary, consider that when a tent is referred to by the number of people than it can accommodate, it literally means ‘can accommodate’ and in most cases this will make for a very cramped experience.

It looks the same?

This is a frequent error that many folk make when comparing two tents based on their appearance in an image on the web. We will elaborate a little below on just how two tents that may appear to look similar are in fact not;

Dimensions;

When one takes a moment to take a look at the dimensions we quickly learn, and this is particularly the case with bow tents (sometimes referred to as ‘domes’), there are generally 3 sizes; 2,1m x 2,1m – 2,5m x 2,5m and 3m x 3m. The height also varies from 1,75m to 1,85m and finally 2,25m.

Steel;

With bow or dome tents, spring steel (and for the most part they are all sourced from one manufacturer) used in these tents is pretty similar and not worth worrying too much about. It is however with canvas gazebos that there is some variation in dimensions and gauge of the steel used for the poles. This varies between 22mm and 32mm diameter and wall thickness between 1,6mm and 2mm. Anyone who has watched the effect of strong wind on a gazebo frame has quickly learnt how quickly they can fold over. Consider the intended application of your tent before deciding on the most appropriate vs cost vs weight combination.

Fabric;

Possibly the area where the largest variation occurs is in the type and weight of fabric. And this varies from poly-cotton to polyester and from 320gsm to 450gsm.

Apart from the privilege of being professional campers we also get to check out and test a range of tents. And whilst the majority of general camping equipment and tents are imported, canvas tents are generally locally manufactured from locally manufactured fabrics. The range of canvas tents available in South Africa is vast, and if you can conceive a specific application or combination of applications chances are there is already a tent for it.

Our canvas tent list is by no means exhaustive, it will however give you an idea of what is available at what price, and our suggestion and invitation to you, when in doubt, is to drop us a line and let us know what your need are and we’ll get back to with what we think would be your best option.

Explorer stargazer

EXPLORER – STAR GAZER – R3430

Item code S043
Name Explorer Star Gazer
Type Dome style
Tent size 2.1 x 2.1 x 1.75m
Weight (in carry bag) 9kg (incl steel frame)
Size in carry bag 100 x 40 x 20cm
Flysheet Yes
Tent fabric Canvas full fly
Netting 80% shade netting, Mossi proof
Floor 550gsm PVC Bathtub
Frame 8.3mm springsteel powder coated with support ring
Frame pole storage In main bag
Window Gauze all round
Entry door D–Door zipper
Entry mat Loose netting with pegs
Seam tape 50mm polyester with waterproof stitching
Zips YKK #10
Buckles YKK Quick release
Pegs 12pcs – 30 x 5mm straight
Cable entry 1 at rear with Velcro closure
Internal pockets None
Eyelets Rust resistant solid brass
Care guide Instructions, warranty and bees wax sealer included
Warranties 2 years on fabric, 5 years on YKK zips (carry-in)
Carry bag 550gsm full PVC with full length zipper
Nevada Dome tent

EXPLORER – MINI – R3500

Nevada Specifications

Name Nevada Standard
Type Dome style
Tent size 2.4 x 2.4 x 1.85m
Weight (in carry bag) 14kg excluding steel frame and poles
Size in carry bag 80 x 40 x 38cm
Flysheet Skullcap
Tent fabric 320gsm Ripstop polyester
Netting 80% Shade gauze netting, Mossi proof
Floor 550gsm PVC Bathtub
Frame 8.3mm springsteel powder coated with support ring
Frame pole storage Separate bag
Window 2 opposite sides
Entry door 2 vertical zippers plus bottom Velcro closure
Entry mat Loose netting 80 x 45cm with pegs
Guy ropes 7mm Nylon with slider and reflective tag
Seam tape 50mm polyester with waterproof stitching
Zips YKK #10
Buckles YKK Quick release
Air vent 1 x zip-able internal above door
Pegs 20pcs – 30 x 5mm straight
Cable entry 1 at rear with Velcro closure
Internal pockets 1 below each window
Eyelets Rust resistant solid brass
Care guide Instructions, warranty and bees wax sealer included
Warranties 2 years on fabric, 5 years on YKK zips (carry-in)
Carry bag 550gsm full PVC with full length zipper
Tourer-4

EXPLORER – LITE – R3800

Item code GO004
Name Explorer Lite
Type Dome style
Tent size 2.4 x 2.4 x 1.85m
Weight (in carry bag) 15kg separate frame in poles bag
Size in carry bag 80 x 40 x 38cm
Flysheet Full fly with verandah. 2 x 22mm galvinized poles
Tent fabric 320gsm Rip Stop Polyester
Netting 80% Shade gauze netting, Mossi proof
Floor 550gsm PVC Bathtub
Frame 8.3mm springsteel powder coated with support ring
Frame pole storage Separate bag
Window 2 opposite sides
Entry door 2 vertical zippers plus bottom Velcro closure
Entry mat Loose netting 80 x 45cm with pegs
Guy ropes 7mm Nylon with slider and reflective tag
Seam tape 50mm polyester with waterproof stitching
Zips YKK #10
Buckles YKK Quick release
Air vent 1 x zip-able internal above door
Pegs 20pcs – 30 x 5mm straight
Cable entry 1 at rear with Velcro closure
Internal pockets 1 below each window
Eyelets Rust resistant solid brass
Care guide Instructions, warranty and bees wax sealer included
Warranties 2 years on fabric, 5 years on YKK zips (carry-in)
Carry bag 550gsm full PVC with full length zipper
OVERLANDER Tent

EXPLORER (with verandah) – R5025

Overlander Specifications

Name Overlander
Type Dome style
Tent size 3.0 x 3.0 x 2.25m
Weight (in carry bag) 22kg (excl steel frame and poles)
Size in carry bag 80 x 40 x 38cm
Flysheet Full fly with Verandah, 3 x 22mm galvanized poles
Tent fabric 320gsm Ripstop polyester
Netting 80% Shade gauze netting, Mossi proof
Floor 550gsm PVC Bathtub
Frame 8.3mm springsteel powder coated with support ring
Frame pole storage In separate bag
Window 2 opposite windows
Entry door 2 vertical zippers plus bottom Velcro closure
Entry mat Loose netting 80 x 45cm with pegs
Guy ropes 7mm Nylon with slider and reflective tag
Seam tape 50mm polyester with waterproof stitching
Zips YKK #10
Buckles YKK Quick release
Air vent 1 x zip-able internal above door
Pegs 20pcs – 30 x 5mm straight
Cable entry 1 at rear with Velcro closure
Internal pockets 1 below each window
Eyelets Rust resistant solid brass
Care guide Instructions, warranty and bees wax sealer included
Warranties 2 years on fabric, 5 years on YKK zips (carry-in)
Carry bag 550gsm full PVC with full length zipper
Safari Bow Tent

EXPLORER – Bow – R5290

Safari Bow Specifications

Name Safari Bow
Type Dome style
Tent size 3.0 x 3.0 x 2.25m
Weight (in carry bag) 27kg (frame in separate bag)
Size in carry bag 80 x 40 x 38cm
Flysheet Skullcap plus verandah
Tent fabric 400gsm Polycotton
Netting 80% Shade gauze netting, Mossi proof
Floor 550gsm PVC Bathtub
Frame 8.3mm springsteel powder coated with support ring
Frame pole storage In separate bag
Window 3 netted windows
Entry door 2 vertical zippers plus bottom Velcro closure
Entry mat Loose netting 80 x 45cm with pegs
Guy ropes 7mm Nylon with slider and reflective tag
Seam tape 50mm polyester with waterproof stitching
Zips YKK #10
Buckles YKK Quick release
Air vent 1 x zip-able internal above door
Pegs 28pcs – 30 x 5mm straight
Cable entry 1 at rear with Velcro closure
Internal pockets 1 below each window
Eyelets Rust resistant solid brass
Care guide Instructions, warranty and bees wax sealer included
Warranties 2 years on fabric, 5 years on YKK zips (carry-in)
Carry bag 550gsm full PVC with full length zipper
Family-Weekender-8-Leg-

EXPLORER HEXI – R6800

Family Weekender Specifications

Name Family weekender 8 leg
Type Dome style
Tent size 4.2 x 4.2 x 2.25m
Weight (in carry bag) 25kg tent only
Size in carry bag 80 x 40 x 38cm
Flysheet Full canvas flysheet with veranda and upright poles or skull cap
Tent fabric 320gsm Rip Stop Polyester
Netting 80% Shade gauze netting, Mossi proof
Floor 550gsm PVC Bathtub
Frame 8.3mm springsteel powder coated with support ring
Frame pole storage Separate pole bag
Windows 3 x windows with inner curtains
Entry door 2 vertical zippers + bottom velcro closure (D-door style)
Entry mat Loose netting 80 x 45cm with pegs
Guy ropes 7mm Nylon with slider and reflective tag
Seam tape 50mm polyester with waterproof stitching
Zips YKK #10
Buckles YKK Quick release
Air vent 3 on opposite panels to windows
Pegs for skullcap 21pcs – 30cm x 5mm straight
Pegs for full flysheet 35pcs – 30cm x 5mm straight
Cable entry 3 – 1 under each window
Eyelets Rust resistant solid brass
Care guide Instructions, warranty and bees wax sealer included
Warranties 2 years on fabric, 5 years on YKK zips (carry-in)
Carry bag 550gsm full PVC with full length zipper
Safari Marquee

SAFARI MARQUEE – R9500

SIZE: 5m x 5m x 3.3m
MATERIAL: RIPSTOP CANVAS 400gms
WEATHER PROOF UV, ROT & MILDEW RESISTANT
GROUND SHEET: OPTIONAL
ZIP: N/A
FRAME: ELECTROPLATED STEEL POLES
SIDE WALL PLAIN x 2: RIPSTOP CANVAS 300gms
SIDE WALL WITH DROP WINDOW x2: RIPSTOP CANVAS 300gms & 80% SHADECLOTH
DOOR: N/A
HEAT VENT: 4
FLYSHEET TYPE N/A
TOTAL WEIGHT: 60kg
PACK SIZE: TENT 100cm x 70cm x 25cm 35kg
PACK SIZE FRAME: 1  x 200cm x 15cm x 15cm 11kg
2 x 200cm  x 10cm x 80cm 7kg each
OPTIONAL EXTRA: SHADE NET FLYSHEET R1590-00
5m x 5m PVC GROUND SHEET R1710-00
BRACING LINE & CHAIN R65-00 EACH
SHADOW BRACING LINE (A MUST WITH SHADE NET FLYSHEET) R155-00 EACH
Large Safari Marquee

LARGE SAFARI MARQUEE – R15400

SIZE: 5m x 10m x 3.3m
MATERIAL: RIPSTOP CANVAS 400gms
WEATHER PROOF UV, ROT & MILDEW RESISTANT
GROUND SHEET: OPTIONAL
ZIP: N/A
FRAME: ELECTROPLATED STEEL POLES
SIDE WALL PLAIN x 3: RIPSTOP CANVAS 300gms
SIDE WALL WITH DROP WINDOW x 3: RIPSTOP CANVAS 300gms & 80% SHADECLOTH
DOOR: N/A
HEAT VENT: 4
TOTAL WEIGHT: 104kg
PACK SIZE: TENT 100cm x 76cm x 45cm 61kg
PACK SIZE FRAME: 2 x 200cm x 15cm x 15cm 11kg each
3 x 200cm  x 10cm x 80cm 7kg each
OPTIONAL EXTRA: SHADE NET FLYSHEET R3020-00
5m x 5m PVC GROUND SHEET R3020-00
BRACING LINE & CHAIN R65-00 EACH
SHADOW BRACING LINE (A MUST WITH SHADE NET FLYSHEET) R155-00 EACH
Large Gazebo 4,5 x 3,3 x 2,2

GAZEBOS (side walls optional)

Small – R1890
Medium – R2415
Large – R3300

Options include;

1. Floors – netted / PVC / Polyprop.

2. Netted and solid side walls with or without windows.

Gazebo Specifications

Dimensions;
Small – 2.8 x 3.3 x 2.2m
Medium – 3.5 x 3.3 x 2.2m
Large – 4.5 x 3.3 x 2.2m

Weight;
Small – 14kg (incl. frame inside bag)
Medium – 19kg (incl. frame inside bag)
Large – 26kg (incl. frame inside bag)

Dimensions in carry bag;
Small – 123x30x26cm
Medium – 19kg (incl. frame inside bag)
Large – 26kg (incl. frame inside bag)

Frame & Fabric;
22mm galvanized steel.
320g teflon coated polyester ripstop.
Guy ropes, sliders and pegs supplied.

Warranties;
2 years on fabrics. (carry-in)
5 years on YKK zips. (carry-in)

Explorer tent extensions

Explorer Tent Extensions

Explorer Combo – R7200

Explorer Combo Canvas Tent

Item code S040
Name Explorer Combo
Type Dome tent extension
Tent size Extension 3.0 x 3.5m (Fits Explorer size 3.0 x 3.0 x 2.25m)
Weight (in carry bag) 47kg
Size in carry bag 85 x 55 x 55cm
Flysheet Full Extension
Tent fabric 400gsm Polycotton Canvas
Floor 550gsm PVC Bathtub
Frame 8.3mm springsteel powder coated with support ring and 22mm steel tube frame system
Frame pole storage Separate pole bag
Window 2 opposite side to door
Entry door D–Door zipper, Mossi net plus canvas | T–Door zipper, Mossi net plus canvas
Entry mat Loose netting 80 x 45cm with pegs
Guy ropes 7mm Nylon with slider and reflective tag
Seam tape 50mm Polyester with waterproof stitching
Zips YKK #10
Buckles YKK Quick release
Air vent 1 x zip-able internal above door
Pegs 12pcs – 30 x 5mm straight
Cable entry 1 at rear with Velcro closure
Eyelets Rust resistant solid brass
Care guide Instructions, warranty and bees wax sealer included
Warranties 2 years on fabric, 5 years on YKK zips (carry-in)
Carry bag 550gsm full PVC with full length zipper

Double Explorer Extension – R8050

Explorer tent extensions

Item code S002/DE
Name Explorer double extension
Type Frame style
Tent size 3.0 x 3.0 x 2.25m (Explorer Tents excluded)
Weight (in carry bag) 25kg
Size in carry bag 80 x 40 x 38cm
Tent fabric 400gsm Polycotton Canvas
Netting 80% shade gauze netting, Mozzi proof
Floor 550gsm PVC Bathtub
Frame 22mm gavanized tubing
Frame pole storage Own carry bag
Window 2 opposite sides or roll up panels
Entry door 2 vertical zippers plus bottom Velcro closure
Entry mat Loose netting 80 x 45cm with pegs
Guy ropes 7mm Nylon with slider and reflective tag
Seam tape 50mm polyester with waterproof stitching
Zips YKK #10
Buckles YKK Quick release
Pegs 35pcs – 30 x 5mm straight
Care guide Instructions, warranty and bees wax sealer included
Warranties 2 years on fabric, 5 years on YKK zips (carry-in)
Carry bag 550gsm full PVC with full length zipper

Safari Dining Tents

Safari Dining Tent – R4625

SIZE:

3.0m x 3.0m x 2.5m

MATERIAL:

RIPSTOP CANVAS 260gms

WEATHER PROOF UV, ROT & MILDEW RESISTANT

SIDE WALLS

3 X CANVAS FLAP, 3 X SHADE NET FLAPS, 1 X DOOR

ZIP:

YKK ZIPS

FRAME:

YELLOW PASIVATED ELECTROPLATED STEEL FRAME 25mm

TOTAL WEIGHT:

33kg

PACK SIZE: TENT

72cm x 36cm x 39cm 19kg

PACK SIZE FRAME:

154cm x 20cm x 15cm 14kg

BAG:

PVC CANVAS
ZIP CLOSURE
CARRY STRAPS
GENEROUS SIZE

OPTIONAL EXTRA:

CURVED POLES (can take 2) R125-00 each

Double Safari Dining Tent – R10350

SIZE:

6.0m x 2.9m x 2.5m

MATERIAL:

ROOF – RIPSTOP CANVAS 400gms

WALLS – RIPSTOP CANVAS 320gms

WEATHER PROOF UV, ROT & MILDEW RESISTANT

SIDE WALLS

8 X CANVAS FLAPS, 3 X SHADE NET FLAPS

ZIP:

YKK ZIPS

FRAME:

YELLOW PASIVATED ELECTROPLATED STEEL FRAME 25mm

TOTAL WEIGHT:

61kg

PACK SIZE: TENT

98cm x 65cm x 40cm 32kg

PACK SIZE FRAME:

146cm x 26cm x 16cm 29kg

BAG:

PVC
ZIP CLOSURE
CARRY STRAPS
GENEROUS SIZE

OPTIONAL EXTRA:

CURVED POLES (can take 4) R125-00 EACH

Safari Lodge Tent

Safari Lodge Tent – R17100

Safari Tent – Mini – R8720
SIZE: 5.6m x 2.9m x 2.5m

Safari Tent – Medium – R10500
SIZE: 6.0m x 2.9m x 2.5m

Safari Lodge Tent – R17100
SIZE: 8.0m x 2.9m x 2.5m

Safari Specifications

MATERIAL: HOWARD SAFARI RIPSTOP CANVAS 320gms
  WEATHER PROOF UV, ROT & MILDEW RESISTANT
GROUND SHEET: HEAVY DUTY PVC 500gms
ZIP: YKK
FRAME: YELLOW PASIVATED ELECTROPLATED STEEL FRAME 25mm
Custom Canvas Tent Designs by Wilderness Explorer

Custom Canvas Tent Designs

A combination of canvas, steel and wood provides a multitude of design options, and we spend a considerable amount of time conceiving and refining new designs for different applications. We would be delighted to meet your specific canvas tent needs.

Custom Canvas Tent Designs by Wilderness Explorer
  1. Delivery of these tents may attract a delivery fee.
  2. Prices, specifications, inclusions and exclusions are subject to change without notice.
  3. Availability of all tents is subject to availability from manufacturers.

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