About Us

Heritage & Focus

A division of Canvas and Tent, a brand synonymous with outstanding quality, luxury, innovative design and expertise.

Our partners & distributors

Our group’s specialised turnkey division  builds and deploys our tents and luxury cabins across the globe.

What sets us apart

Holding company Canvas and Tent, a leader in tent production, manufactures our award-winning tent designs.

Heritage, expertise and focus

Bushtec Safari – a brand synonymous with outstanding quality, sheer luxury, innovative design and unsurpassed expertise – is a division of Canvas and Tent, a manufacturer of tents since 1968.

We are proud to offer you 50 years of knowledge which sets us apart from our competitors and has established the group as the leading tent manufacturer and supplier to the military, humanitarian/disaster management and global conservationist organisations, governments, game reserves, safari destinations, holiday resorts and adventurers, both locally and internationally.

Our holding company, Canvas and Tent, is a proudly South African, award-winning company including an Exporter of the Year award. What was originally a tiny company with a huge reputation, developed into a group that is a world leader in providing canvas products through an impressive global distribution network.

Worldwide, our products are designed to impress and built to last. No matter the location, terrain, climate or weather conditions, our luxury tented camps inspire awe, motive the urge to travel and have stood the test of time.

Welcome to the world of Luxury Tent Design

Redefining the boundaries of design

Our history

We first began designing luxury tents under the Canvas and Tent brand name. But as the business expanded, so did our commitment to innovation, resulting in a strategic decision to diversify and create the Bushtec Safari brand in its own right.

Our initial offering was the Meru range of tents. A standard design allowing little room for customisation, we recognised a need for more variety, flexibility and creativity. As a result, our team took risks and began designing tents that were well ahead of their time and enforced our reputation as a market leader.

This inspired us to take part in a variety of international travel and tourism shows, including the annual South African-based Tourism Indaba. Each year we redefine the boundaries of good design in canvas and create something new, beautiful, functional and trendy. We won awards for most of them.

What began as a small brand manufacturing a few luxury canvas tents a year can now manufacture numerous luxury tents a day. Our dedication to product excellence and reputation for product innovation is recognised, respected, and trusted across the globe.

What sets us apart

Holding company Canvas and Tent, a leader in tent production, manufactures our award-winning tent designs.

World leaders

in Tent Design

Award-winning tents for the luxury travel, glamping and experiential adventure markets. Form, function, quality and durability go hand in hand with beauty.

  • NWorld-class leading designer of award-winning tents for the luxury travel, glamping and experiential adventure markets
  • NCurrent range of 1,300+ tent designs offer more options than any other tent manufacturer
  • NDesigns can be customised and manufactured to specific aesthetic or locational requirements, or totally unique
  • NBespoke interior design delivered by custom-made curtains, blinds, duvet covers, cushions and upholsteries using the finest quality, durable materials
  • N Only tent manufacturer to offer three different types of roof designs
  • NExtensive interior design experience in the luxury lodge, resort or camp market
  • NIn-house design team of architects and designers
  • NOur tents are manufactured to endure harsh climates with most pre-certified for wind and snow loads, fire retardant, rot proof and UV stabilised
  • NOur laboratory tests materials against the highest, international standards so we can offer a world class product

Service excellence

That's hard to beat

Novice or seasoned investor? Our experts will advise on every aspect of camp planning.

  • NWe control each step along the value chain and with everything done in-house, we offer peace-of-mind quality control and service delivery
  • NWe do it all from single tents to full turnkey luxury tented camp solutions, advice and training and full-service maintenance
  • N50 years' experience in all elements of tented camp planning, design, production, project management, construction, installation and maintenance
  • NOur global group clients include game reserves, safari destinations, holiday and experiential travel resorts, governments and military, humanitarian/disaster management and conservationist organisations
  • NFlexible maintenance and training plans including an optional full camp maintenance service contract or training of your camp staff
  • N Impressive, reputable, reliable and trusted across the globe we have created 1,000+ camps (and counting) within 53 countries across 6 continents
  • NBy reducing transport and import costs while maintaining quality, we minimise our carbon footprint and grow local communities

Ethics

& Credentials

Integrity, fairness, and equality

  • NWe are proud of our heritage and worldwide reputation thanks to our loyal customers over the past 50 years
  • NEmployee performance recognition includes a specially designed rewards programme for our staff, based on enhancing the customer experience
  • NEco-friendly philosophy across the organisation minimises the environmental impact of every project we undertake and our carbon footprint
  • NSolid business ethics combined with our commitment to excellence, world-class products, unique expertise, innovative technology and collaborative, customer-focused service make us a world leader
  • NNo nonsense commitment to manufacturing what you need we aim to create products that are fit-for-purpose and manufactured to the highest standards
  • NFully committed to empowerment and transformation in South Africa and the sustainable development of its people
  • NOur B-BBEE plan comprises hiring practices, management control, procurement policies, enterprise and supplier development and socio-economic development

Bushtec Safari’s partners

Bushtec Safari is a division of master manufacturer Canvas and Tent and sister company to Bushtec Creations – turnkey provider of luxury tented solutions for the international market.

World-leading manufacturer of luxury tents

Canvas and Tent is a proudly South African,  world-leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning luxury tents for the tourism travel market, adventure products for outdoor enthusiasts and re-deployable camps for the mobile safari, military and mining markets and for humanitarian/disaster management or environmental organisations.

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

Whether conditions are rainy, windy, snowy or hot, Canvas and Tent has got you covered.

If you can imagine it, we will create it.

Bushtec Creations, a specialised division of the Canvas and Tent group, is a world leader in conceptualising, designing, building and maintaining world-class tented camps and lodges, including full turnkey solutions for off-plan and customised tented lodges and camps and the glamping and luxury resort market

Whereas our sister company Bushtec Safari handles the design of luxury canvas tents, and Canvas and Tent manufactures them, Bushtec Creations works closely with them and you/your architect throughout the design and manufacture processes, to ensure the common vision of the investor and owner is realised.

Bushtec Safari’s global distribution network

No location is too remote, no challenge too big. We create wherever you are.

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Bushtec Safari USA/Latin America

Luxury tent distributor servicing clients in the USA, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Also offers full turnkey solution, including camp planning advice, installation and maintenance, etc, in partnership with the Bushtec Creations division.

Contact details

Gary Flaks
Tel (+1) 770 884 2460 / (+1)1 888 589 8368
gary@bushtecsafari.us
Suite 100, 7076 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross, Atlanta, Georgia, 30071
www.bushtecsafari.com

Bushtec Safari Asia

Luxury tent distributor servicing clients in Asia. Also offers full turnkey solution, including camp planning advice, installation and maintenance, etc, in partnership with the Bushtec Creations division.

Contact details

Frans Vermaas

Tel +27 (0)12 671 1073/1117

Fax +27 (0)12 671 1438

Mobile +27 (0)73 332 9725

frans@canvasandtent.co.za  |  info@bushtecsafari.co.za

Denel Business Park, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng, South Africa

Bushtec Safari Saudi Arabia

Luxury tent distributor servicing clients in Saudi Arabia. Also offers full turnkey solution, including camp planning advice, installation and maintenance, etc, in partnership with the Bushtec Creations division.

Contact details

Frans Vermaas

Tel +27 (0)12 671 1073/1117

Fax +27 (0)12 671 1438

Mobile +27 (0)73 332 9725

frans@canvasandtent.co.za  |  info@bushtecsafari.co.za

Denel Business Park, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng, South Africa

Bushtec Safari Europe

This company is a joint venture between Bushtec Safari (in South Africa) and Belgium-based Trekk4x4. It is the sole importer and distributor of Bushtec Safari luxury tents to the European market, with plans to diversify into other market sectors over time.

Contact details

Marc van den Bosch

Tel (+32) 11 784 795

Mobile (+32) 473 46 2671

Email marc@lpi.be  |  info@bushtecsafari.co.za

20 Roosberg, Landen, Belgium

www.canvasandtent.eu

Bushtec Safari Europe

This company is a joint venture between Bushtec Safari (in South Africa) and Belgium-based Trekk4x4. It is the sole importer and distributor of Bushtec Safari luxury tents to the European market, with plans to diversify into other market sectors over time.

Contact details

Marc van den Bosch

Tel (+32) 11 784 795

Mobile (+32) 473 46 2671

Email marc@lpi.be  |  info@bushtecsafari.co.za

20 Roosberg, Landen, Belgium

www.canvasandtent.eu

Bushtec Safari Australia

Luxury tent distributor servicing clients in Australia. Also offers full turnkey solution, including camp planning advice, installation and maintenance, etc, in partnership with the Bushtec Creations division.

Contact details

Robert Sneeu

Tel +61(0) 402 912 660

Fax +61(0) 3 9923 6676

info@canvasandtent.com

PO Box 1827, Broadbeach, Old Australia, 4216

www.canvasandtent.com

Kalahari Kanvas (Botswana)

Custom-made, top-quality canvas and metal-work products made in Maun, Botswana. Kalahari Kanvas is a true ‘garage to global’ success story. It was established, in a garage, in 1986 as a tent repair service for safari resorts in or near the Okavango Delta and wholeheartedly supported by the industry for the quality of its work.

Growth and diversion soon followed and today, under the guidance of parent company Canvas and Tent South Africa and backing from the Botswana Government, it designs/customises, manufactures and supplies canvas products and crafted metal works to local (Botswana), African and international markets, including the UK, the USA and even Oman. It also sells, or hires, a wide variety of camping equipment including tents, gas cylinders, braais (barbeques), cutlery & crockery, stretch cords, cooler-boxes, batteries, water bottles and even mattresses.

Kalahari Kanvas’ reputation, however, is for its bespoke products which included canvas luggage, metal work accessories, blanket lined ponchos, mosquito nets – and even elephant saddles. It also has a flourishing upholstery department which handles everything from furniture to aeroplane seats.

Contact details

Brett Sinclair

Tel (+267) 686 0568

Mobile (+267) 7132 6480

info@kalahari-kanvas.com

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Authentic and personalised experiences

Today’s world travellers seek destinations that offer authentic and personalised experiences. It’s no longer a case of ‘getting away’ but ‘going to’.

Aligned to this experiential travel market growth, Bushtec Creations is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of unique and innovative tented camp designs on a global scale. For us, no destination is too remote, no idea too bold, no challenge too big.

Complete project management

Advising on, controlling and project managing new or expanded tented installations from concept to handover and ongoing maintenance.

Full turnkey solution

Ensuring that each project is viable, functional, scalable, climate-appropriate, safe, environmentally friendly, eco-sensitive, energy efficient, cost-effective and produces a sustainable ROI.

Post-deployment support

Offering post-deployment site maintenance – either on contract or by training your on-site staff.

Contact us

Head Office: Gauteng

Frans Vermaas

Street address & showroom: Denel Business Park, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng, South Africa

Factory: KwaZulu-Natal

Street address: 11 Yellow Street, Ezakheni Industrial Park, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

USA/Latin America

Gary Flaks

Street address: Suite 100, 7076 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross, Atlanta, Georgia 30071

Europe

Marc van den Bosch

Street address: 20 Roosberg, Landen, Belgium

Asia

Frans Vermaas

Street address: Denel Business Park, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng, South Africa

Saudi Arabia

Frans Vermaas

Street address: Denel Business Park, Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Gauteng, South Africa

Australia

Robert Sneeu

PO Box 1827, Broadbeach, Old Australia, 4216

Botswana

Brett Sinclair

Street address: Kalahari Kanvas, Plot 242, Mathiba 1 Road, Moeti Ward, Maun, Botswana

Postal address: PO Box 689, Maun, Botswana