How to Make a Safari Tent

by Ndung'u Patrick ; Updated October 18, 2017

Safari tents provide temporary shelter for vacationers.

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Safari tents are used as temporary shelter for jungle campers. Safari tents are synonymous with campers and vacationers in East Africa. With a favorable weather in the region for camping most of the year, Safari tents are a common feature for local as well as foreign tourists and campers. These canvas tents are usually made of natural fibers such as cotton. When making a Safari tent, use aluminum or fiberglass poles to reinforce the canvas and the support structure for the Safari tent.

  1. Set up a freestanding frame by attaching metallic structures as per set instructions.

  2. Spread the canvas tent over the freestanding frame. Ensure that the tent fits the frame and does not sag on either side

  3. Tie the free ends with fasteners. Tie up the back end and the front end using grommets. Fasten the front corners while observing tensile effect of the fabric to avoid interfering with the normal operations of a fastening zipper. Tying the free ends ensures that the tent does not sag and allows pools of water or snow not to collect on top of the tent. Stake the bottom part of the Safari tent.

  4. Zip up the completed Safari tent. Wet the tent by pouring water onto its surface to allow it to expand and shrink into its normal size. Before you wet the tent, ensure it is to prevent water from seeping inside the tent.

  5. Adjust your Safari tent framework to hold the canvas material. Ensure that the tent is completely dry before adjusting the tent framework.

  6. Spread a plastic fly over the entire tent to prevent rainwater from dripping inside.

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About the Author


Ndung'u Patrick has been an academic and news writer across various disciplines since 2003. An accredited journalist, he has worked with Kenya News Agency since 2009 as a press officer and holds a Bachelor of Science in communications and public relations.