Sitting on the cooler box might suffice for some, but with a booty-full array of chairs available, there’s no reason you shouldn’t sit back and relax in style. We’ve rounded up our top selection to make sure your bum gets your buck’s worth.
Made to last
The Terra-Firma Safari high-back chair may be heavy on the pocket, but will more than likely be around for your grandkids’ children thanks to its steel legs and reinforced webbing under the seat. Aluminium arms and plenty padding provide maximum comfort. 150 kg rating. R550. Trappers, www.trappers.co.za.
The Camp Master Lock ‘n Load chair is surprisingly sturdy for its compact design. It’s available in a sport model with ventilated fabric for breathability (featured here) and a safari model with heavy-duty fabric for more rugged use. 100 kg rating. R299. Camp Master, tel 086-126-4636, www.campmaster.co.za. Available at Makro countrywide.
The Camp Master high backrest chair is about ultimate relaxation. It’s well padded and the angle of the backrest entices you to put your head back. Be careful though, as you might be nodding off before you can say bliss. 130 kg rating. R299. Camp Master, tel 086-126-4636, www.campmaster.co.za. Available at Makro and Game countrywide.
The Camp and Climb Easy Camp Relax director’s chair doesn’t look comfortable. Don’t be fooled though: it doesn’t have any frills, but take a seat in this lightweight steel-framed chair and you’ll know it’s built for comfort. 100 kg rating. R275. Camp and Climb, tel 021-510-8112, www.campandclimb.co.za.
There’s nothing like coming back from a long hike and putting your feet up with a cold drink and your Getaway magazine. The Camp Master oversized chair with a footrest and side pocket let’s you do just that. 130 kg rating. R299. Camp Master, tel 086-126-4636, www.campmaster.co.za. Available at Makro countrywide.
Ticket to la la land
The Natural instincts padded moon chair may be cumbersome to trek around (weighing about seven kilograms), but with a steel frame and heavy-duty fabric, it’s built for the big boys. 150 kg rating. R699. Outdoor Warehouse tel, 0800-003-051, www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za.
Rays your glass
The aluminium-framed Cape Union Mart beach chair is low to the ground, making for easy access to the coolerbox next to you when the sun gets going. It’s the perfect accessory for any beach bum. R199. Cape Union Mart, tel 021-464-5800, www.capeunionmart.co.za.
If building a giant sand bed will dig too much into your tanning time, whip out the Cape Union Mart beach mat instead. It’ll keep you comfortable while you’re soaking up the sun. R120. Cape Union Mart, tel 021-464-5800, www.capeunionmart.co.za.
Soak up the sun in style sitting on the OZtrail beach chair recliner. It has a sloping backrest to mould into and a robust steel frame to keep you sitting pretty. 130 kg rating. R299. Seagull Industries, www.seagullindustries.co.za.
The Terra-Firma Bushveld armchair is a great combination of a director’s chair and a camping chair. It has an upright back and a handy folding side table as well as cushioning and durability to boot. 150 kg rating. R499. Trappers, www.trappers.co.za
If it’s cushioning you’re after, the Camp Master Sofa chair takes it up a notch. Once you sink into this baby, you’ll be reaching for the remote and wondering why you bought that oversized lounge suite. 100 kg rating. R399. Camp Master, tel 086-126-4636, www.campmaster.co.za. Available at Makro countrywide.
The OZtrail Titan armchair is built like a front-row forward. It’s fully reinforced and has a high padded back, an insulated drink holder and side pocket. It’s quite pricey, but well worth the splurge. 200 kg rating. R549. Seagull Industries, www.seagullindustries.co.za.
Back to basics
Sometimes less is more. The small and lightweight Natural Instincts tripod stool comes with or without a backrest and is ideal to take along on a hike or to places where larger chairs aren’t an option. 80 kg rating. R99. Outdoor Warehouse, tel 0800-003-051, www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za.
If you don’t mind lugging around a slightly larger frame, the Natural Instincts reclining chair really kicks up the relax-ometer. Adjust it to your ideal position and nestle into its built-in pillow. R799. Outdoor Warehouse, tel 0800-003-051, www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za.
The 40-centimetre wide Pacific Outdoor easy chair is designed to support your back while sitting just about anywhere. It has adjustable buckles to get the right support for your back and handle straps for carrying. R205. Ram Mountain, tel 021-532-0549, www.rammountain.co.za.