We’re in the middle of summer, and that means sunny weather all round. But, during these warm months, the sun can be a little too much to handle… and you can’t always find shelter from those merciless rays in the shade of a tree. This is especially true for us campers and caravanners.
That’s why every outdoor enthusiast should have a gazebo or awning when they head into nature –when that sun is beating down, and the temperature is rising into the 30s or even the 40s, you’re going to want some shade!
Afritrail Deluxe Gazebo
With legs made from 30mm x 30mm powdercoated steel tubing, and frame from 12mm x 23mm oval steel tube, the Afritrail Deluxe Gazebo is sturdy and durable. The 220D Oxford fabric’s silver coating provides excellent sun protection, and is also water resistant. Also included are 8 nails, 4 ropes and an instruction manual, all packed into a wheeled 300D carry bag for easy transportation.
Dimensions: 33m x 3m
Out and About Gazebo
The Out And About gazebo is not just lightweight, but also adjustable to three different height positions − and it comes with an extra carry bag for pegs and guy ropes (which are included in the price). Side panels are available, but are sold separately.
Dimensions: 3m x 3m
Campmaster Instant Shade 100
Easy to erect, and just as easy to pack away, this gazebo is made from 150D polyester with silver coating to give up to 50+ UV protection, and has aluminium poles. Included are guy ropes and pegs to secure the gazebo on windy days. Weighing in at only 15kg, this lightweight gazebo is easy to transport and carry: perfect for camping or parties.
Dimensions: 3m x 3m
Price: R1 399
This portable marquee requires at least two people to erect, but no assembly is required. Long-lasting 300 Denier, silver-coated UVTex 2000 Sun Tough fabric protects you from UV rays. A plus is that the fabric is also water-resistant. The frame is powder-coated, and heavyduty legs and struts provide greater strength as well as improve water shedding. The gazebo comes in a compact, wheeled carry bag for easy transportation and storage. Pegs and guy ropes are all pre-attached.
Dimensions: 3m x 3m
Height: Adjustable to 1.93m, 2.08m or 2.23m
Manufactured by Howling Moon and available from Campworld, the Safari Gazebo is made from 100% cotton canvas which is waterresistant. The poles are made from duralumin, and the pegs are spring steel pegs. The gazebo comes with additional Guy Ropes to ensure that it can be safely secured. It also comes with optional side walls and groundsheet.
Dimensions: 3m x 4.2m
Terrace Leisure Easy-Up Wizard
No tools are required for assembly, and four easy pull-pin sliders make set-up quick and easy. The durable 300D polyester top has a silver coating, and the reinforced frame provides greater stability. The gazebo comes with four guy cords and eight ground stakes, and hassle-free wheeled storage.
Dimensions: 3m x 3m
Ostrich Wing Awning
The Ostrich Wing Awning can be fitted to the right or left side of 4WD vehicles, caravans, motorhomes and offroad trailers. It fans open, covering the side and rear of the vehicle, to provide an incredible 10.75m² of shade cover. The awning has an aluminium frame, and is made from 360gsm ripstop bottlegreen canvas which is UV-treated and has a water column of 60cm. It is also available with an optional clip-in ‘rain kit’ which ensures adequate run-off. The awning opens in less than 30 seconds, and needs only one person to assemble it. It can be used without support poles, and comes in a ripstop storage bag. It fits all Outback Alutop canopies, as well as the Outback and Country range of roof racks, without drilling. All brackets are supplied. Also fits other makes of roof racks if fittings are adapted.
Dimensions: 2.7m(length), 11sqm coverage
Oztent Foxwing Awning
The Oztent Foxwing Awning is the brainchild of a collaboration between Oztent Australia and Rhino Rack. The swing-out awning shades the side and rear of the vehicle in a 270˚ span, and can be made to be fitted to either the passenger’s or driver’s side of the vehicle. Made from ripstop polycotton canvas, the awning is UV-treated to last in the sun, and is ale, water and mould resistant. Included with the unit is a fitting kit, telescopic poles, pegs and guy ropes. It has its own casing, and the poles, pegs and guy ropes are stored in an easily-transportable travel bag.It can be fitted to any Rhino Rack roof crossbars, but fittings for other roof racks are also available.
Dimensions: 2.5m radius
Bushwakka Bush Fan Awning
The Bushwakka Bush Fan Awning is an 180˚ awning, giving you all the extra shade you could need in the hot bush. The basic canvas rollup and fold-out awning is supported by three aluminium poles. The awning folds up and is stored in its own protective PVC cover mounted to the side of the roof rack.
Dimensions: 2.5m to 3m
Dometic Perfectwall PW 1500
This classic wall awning, perfect for caravans, motorhomes and large vehicles, is available in a variety of widths. The awning can be extended between 2 m and 2.5 m, to provide enough shade for the ideal living area or outside kitchen. The PW 1500 is available with a 12V motor, a 12V motor with LED light, a 230V motor, or a 230V with LED light. The Dometic range is easy to use and versatile, as it can be connected to almost all SUVs, 4x4s, bakkies, motorhomes or caravans.
Dimensions: They range from 2.6m to 5.5m (length) and from 2m to 2.5m (width)
Weight: 18kg to 37kg
Price: R8 341
Series 2000 Eezi-Awn Retractable Awning
Eezi-Awn’s awnings are unique, self-contained and maintenance free, and made from top quality fabric housed in compact, lightweight, anodised aluminium casings. The easy-pull, spring-loaded roll-up mechanism with attached adjustable arms and support legs completes these simpleto- operate awnings. The awning is made from PVC-laminated fabric (UC rating: 20 years if in the sun 100% of the time, 100% waterproof). Includes optional Recvee panels for front and side, to provide added living space, privacy, and protection against sun, wind and rain.
Dimensions: 1.5m, 2m, 2.5m, 3, 3.5m, and 4m. All extend to 2.1m
Weight: From 9kg
Price: R3 830-R4 788
The Howling Moon Alu Awn from Campworld is an extremely versatile and popular awning that fits the rack systems of most makes of vehicle. The awning is very easy to use, as it can be folded out or packed away in under 60 seconds. The canvas is made from coated, waterproof material and all poles are made from aluminium components. Additional Guy Ropes and pegs are supplied, with optional front and side walls available. The poles are 240G/SQ MT Coated Polyester, with aluminium casing and duralumin tubing.
Dimensions: 2.5m x 2.1m; 3m x 2.4m; or 3.5m x 2.4m
Weight: 15kg, 18kg or 22kg
Fiamma F45 Awning
From the inventors of the case awning for motorhomes and caravans, the F45 doubles a vehicle’s living space, with cool and covered open space outside, and lower temperatures inside. The Awning is made from vinyl, and you can choose to have a cool and cheerful design printed on both sides. The F45 has a drainage system to dispose of water and is 100% waterproof. All this − and it can be set up in less than a minute! The F45 can be mounted to any motorhome, caravan or 4×4. Because it is a Fiamma product, it comes housed in an aluminium case with aluminium end caps.
Dimensions: 185cm, 231m, 263cm, 308cm, 348m, 398cm, 448cm; and can be extended by 1m, 1.5m, 2m or 2.5m
Weight: 11.5kg to 30kg
Price: R7 182 to R18 873 depending on size
Bushwakka Bat Wing Awning
A fold-out, vehiclemounted awning that opens up to 270° from its central pivot point, providing shade down the side and the rear of the vehicle. The awning extends in an L-shape with square corners. Made from Green Nylon fabric, this awning has been UV tested and is 100% waterproof. The Bushwakka Bat Wing Awning comes in a handy storage bag that is made from PVC and has a zip opening. It takes between 5-10 minutes to set up the elaborate Bat Wing Awning fully.
Dimensions: 2.5m or 3m (width), 2.5m extension in L-shape
The Safari Awn from Campworld is coated in waterproof material and fits most makes of vehicle rack systems. The awning folds out and folds away in less than a minute, and is made from all-aluminium components. The Awning can remain stable in strong winds. Additional guy ropes and pegs supplied. Optional front and side walls are available. The Safari Awning is made from 260g Ripstop Canvas material and the poles are made from Duralumin tubing.
1.4m (1.4m length, 1.8m width, 6kg),
2.1m (2.1m length, 1.8m width, 6kg),
2.5m (2.5m length, 2.1m width, 8kg) and
3m (3m length, 2.4m width and 10kg)
Weight: 6kg to 10kg
Price: From R1 960