A close-up view of the Zulu/Ndebele African tribal chess set pieces on our themed chess board. The chess set is crafted from polystone and painted by hand.
The African tribal chess pieces include a Ndebele chief (king chess piece), Ndebele matron (queen chess piece), Ndebele witchdoctor (bishop chess piece) cheetah (knight chess piece), hut (rook chess piece) and hunter (pawn chess piece).
This African tribal chess set includes a beautifully engraved wooden chess board including African tribal themed chess pieces which depict the Zulu and Ndebele tribes.
A close-up view of the African tribal chess board. The sides have been engraved with an African tribal chess theme.
We ship the African themed tribal chess set in durable cardboard boxes to ensure that it is delivered undamaged.
The African tribal chess board is made of wood and the sides have been engraved with beautiful African patterns.
The small Zulu/Ndebele African tribal chess sets are painted in vibrant African colours. It is the perfect African themed board game and makes for an excellent gift.
This African tribal chess set includes chess pieces that portray traditional Zulu and Ndebele tribal clothing and culture.
The complete African tribal chess set includes an African chess board and 32 Zulu/Ndebele themed chess pieces that have been beautifully crafted for the perfect game of chess.
The wooden African tribal chess board has beautiful African patterns carved into the edges of the chess board.
Our chess boards and chess pieces are packed in durable African themed cardboard boxes to ensure that all pieces arrive undamaged.
A top view of the African themed tribal chess board. It has African animal and African tribal symbols carved into the edges of the chess board.

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Buy this beautiful African tribal chess set from Amazing Africa Gifts with hand-painted chess pieces based on the Zulu and Ndebele tribes along with an intricately designed chess board. The chess pieces are crafted from polystone. This piece of African art makes the perfect gift or decor collectable for all who love Africa and its diverse history and cultures.

The themed tribal chess pieces consist of the following with a dark and light base for opposing sides:

  • The king - Ndebele chief/Zulu chief
  • The queen - Ndebele matron/Zulu matron
  • The knight - cheetah/lioness
  • The bishop - Ndebele witchdoctor/Zulu sangoma
  • The rook/castle - Ndebele hut/Zulu hut
  • The pawn – Ndebele warrior/Zulu warrior

Amazing Africa Gifts crafting and material details

Both the set’s chess pieces and board frame are cast by hand in polystone (a unique mixture of crushed stone and resin) and painted by hand in incredible detail by our exceptionally talented team of South African artists using high-quality Winsor and Newton oil paints. The wooden chess board itself is also carved by hand, as are the molds that are used for the chess pieces. The molds for the pieces in the small set are exactly the same design as in the larger set and are made to scale using 3D printing. The pieces in the smaller set are also cast and painted by hand.

The board squares are hand carved from koto and cherry wood, and then treated in accordance with international import standards and requirements. The board is then set in its polystone frame which boasts a stunning African design.

Each set (board, pieces and frame) takes approximately nine (9) hours to be crafted from start to finish by our extremely skilled and talented artisans and craftspeople, with some time allocated during the process for the paint to dry.

Budget options

We offer two purchasing options to suit your budget:

  • Large or small set (identical playing pieces which are approximately two-thirds the size of the large pieces)
  • Complete set including the board or pieces only (excluding board)

We introduced both the small chess set and pieces-only options to accommodate a more limited budget. Most of our clients purchase the large set in its entirety because it is truly a one-of-a-kind collector’s item. The size and design of the boards differ depending on the set size.

Chess Set Sizes (including board):

Large Chess Set

(TC01)

Small Chess Set

(TC01-S)

Tallest piece height

11.2 cm

7.7 cm

Smallest piece height 5 cm 4 cm

Chess piece base

3.2 cm

2 cm

Chess Board (if included)

38cm x 38cm x 3cm

29cm x 29cm x 3cm

Chess playing squares

4 cm x 4 cm

3 cm x 3 cm

Packed size (incl & excl board)

47cm x 47cm x 10cm

37cm x 37cm x 10cm

Packed weight (including board)

4 kg

2 kg

Packed weight (excluding board) 2 kg 0.8 kg


Packaging:

We take the utmost care in packing our gorgeous chess sets, such that they are delivered to you safely and in their entirety after the shipping process.

Every individual chess piece is set in their own box-dye cut foam holder, accompanied by extra foam top and bottom covers for the set as a whole. Additionally, the wooden board is wrapped in bubble wrap so that it can absorb any shock while in transit, without sustaining any damage.

The complete set is placed in a sturdy double-walled cardboard box which contains polystyrene packing peanuts which further protect the chess set during shipping. While we take the greatest care to ensure that the set gets to you in one piece, we know that accidents do happen – so, if any pieces arrived damaged, we will replace them entirely at no cost to you.

Shipping Information

All Gala Star products are manufactured in South Africa and therefore shipping takes some time and incurs some costs. Shipping costs to the USA, UK, and Europe from South Africa vary in terms of time and cost.

For Kumbula iAfrica (Gala Star) orders under $150, please note that shipping is still to be added to your order.

We are currently offering free shipping on orders over $150 using EMS but upon order will also offer a shipping upgrade for speedier and more accurate shipping times for orders over $150.

Please refer to our shipping policies page for further details.

Sales tax, VAT, and customs duty

Please note that for all our customers outside of USA and outside South Africa, we do not calculate sales tax, VAT, import or customs duties and these may be due upon the product arriving at your customs office.

For our South African customers, please note that all prices including shipping are quoted excluding VAT (15%) which will be added to the price at checkout. Gala Star is a registered VAT vendor in South Africa.

For our USA customers, we will add any sales tax to your orders where we qualify for Sales Tax registration.

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