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Canvas and Tent started back in 1968 and is to this day considered a pioneer in the tent manufacture industry worldwide. Originally focussing on the South African military market, it became clear that to stay relevant in the landscape post-1994, we needed to adapt and diversify our product offering.  With an ever-shrinking military budget, sustaining our factory and our locally employed people, it became vital to pursue other opportunities and market sectors.

We redesigned our factory and commercialized some of our military-type tents e.g. the Chopper Tents, originally designed in 1972, and introduced a safari range of canvas products well suited for the tourism market, both locally and for Africa.  In order to adapt materials and designs to withstand the harshness and elements of the African environment, design teams were appointed and state-of-the-art equipment installed to ensure that quality, durable products are manufactured. Quality begins with processes and systems and Canvas and Tent introduced ISO 9001 and ISO 14000, two major international standards that specify the requirements for a quality management system.  We use these standards to demonstrate our ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Today, Canvas and Tent is the world-leader in the design and manufacture of innovative, award-winning tents made of canvas and PVC.  We are a proudly South African company, specializing in luxury tents for the tourism travel market, adventure products for the outdoor enthusiasts, and turnkey re-deployable camp solutions ideally suited for the military and mining markets.

Whether it’s a custom-designed luxury safari tented camp or lodge in the heart of the African bush, luxury tented resort on a tropical island, a field hospital for military use in the desert, a fold-up bush shower, or any other canvas or PVC fabric structures, trust the Canvas and Tent Group to deliver.

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The following brands and companies are proudly covered by Canvas and Tent:


Our bespoke luxury tent brand, synonymous with outstanding quality, luxury, innovative design and expertise. With more than 1000 tent designs, a standard luxury range and fully customizable tents, we are committed to delivering a tented solution to suite every requirement. Supplier to award-winning glamping and safari camps, hunting lodges, luxury villas, and resorts. Designed to impress. Built to last.


A leader in authentic, innovative and award-winning luxury turnkey tented resort design. Specializing in conceptualizing, designing, building and maintaining world-class tented camps and lodges all over the world.

No destination is too remote, no idea too bold, no challenge too big.


Our sister company, based in Belgium, servicing the luxury travel market throughout Europe and the UK. Exceptional tented creations in unforgettable destinations.


Our sister company based in the USA. Suppling the ultimate glamping accommodation and full turnkey services to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America. Luxury tents, from the masters of canvas.

We also specialize in adventure tents and equipment. Bushtec Adventure USA services the leisure travel market in the USA. Designed to withstand the great outdoors, our product offering is rugged, efficient, and strong. Engineered in Africa, for the world.


Based in Botswana, Kalahari Kanvas delivers quality canvas products and crafted metal works to local, African and international markets. We design, customize and supply luxury tents, camping equipment, luggage, metal work, upholstery, accessories and much more.

Zion Desert Rose


RCSSA is a proudly South African company, offering a full turnkey service that includes design, system integration (such as kitchens, dining facilities, ablutions etc.), manufacture, installation, management and maintenance.

Providing specialized, redeployable solutions such as field hospitals, base camps, exploration and workforce camps to the mining industry and peacekeeping forces.


The official brand for our canvas and PVC fabric product range and full turnkey redeployable camps for the mining and military forces outside of South Africa.

Providing specialized, redeployable solutions such as field hospitals, base camps, exploration and workforce camps to the mining industry and peacekeeping forces.


Specialists in prefabricated and modular building systems to solve all remote camp infrastructure needs across the Sub-Saharan Africa.

Partner with us to supply you with your next luxury safari camp or glamping resort or to supply base camps or field hospitals to your military.

Website – for our group offering.

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