This close-up view of the Bushmen(Khoisan) chess set showcases intricate detail and is hand-painted to deliver the ultimate themed chess board game.
The Khoisan chess pieces capture the beauty of the African Bushmen and their people. It has been crafted from polystone and hand painted.
Our Khoisan / Bushmen chess set has been crafted from polystone and hand-painted to give that personal touch.
The Khoisan/Bushmen chess board has beautiful tribal carvings in the edges of the board to add to the African chess theme.
All our Bushmen Khoisan chess board games are carefully packed in durable boxes to ensure safe delivery.
Top view of the Bushmen chess board. The board has been manufactured specifically to fit the bushmen chess pieces.
The Khoisan small chess pieces capture the identity of the African Bushmen and their people. It has been crafted from polystone and hand painted.

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A unique African chess set based on the Khoisan (Bushmen) people of Southern Africa brought to you by Amazing Africa Gifts. Beautifully designed bushmen chess pieces crafted from polystone and hand painted by South African artists. The wooden chess board is polystone framed in ethnic African design.

This chess gift captures the heart of the San people, one of the oldest tribes in Africa.

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

  • The King - Bushmen Hunter
  • The Queen - Bushmen Maiden
  • The Knight - Bushmen Mother and child
  • The Bishop - Bushmen Water gatherer
  • The Rook/Castle - Bushmen Child
  • The Pawn - Meerkat

Amazing Africa Gifts Crafting and material details

The unique chess pieces and chess board frames are all crafted from polystone (crushed stone and resin) and hand-painted with beautiful detail by our African artists in South Africa.

The chess pieces and board of the large original design chess set were hand-carved by one of our artists. Limited life moulds are then created for hand casting of the chess pieces from polystone. The small set has had the pieces designed as exact scaled down versions using 3D printing and then the same hand cast moulding process followed by hand painting is applied.

The chess pieces and board frame are then hand painted by our team of South African artists using Windsor and Newton oil paints.

The wooden chess boards are treated to meet all international import requirements, with the playing squares being crafted out of koto and cherry wood for a beautiful finish. The boards are then framed with the hand cast and painted African design frames made out of polystone.

The full chess set takes approximately nine (9) hours for our craftspeople and artists to create with some time between for drying of the paint.

Options to suit your budget:

You have the option to choose between the following options to suit your budget:

  • Chess set size - large (original design) OR small
  • Full chess set including the board OR chess pieces only excluding the board

We introduced the reduced small chess set and pieces and the option to purchase the chess pieces without the board to give you the option of a more affordable gift. Most of our clients purchase the full-size large chess set including the board, it truly is a collector's item of the highest quality and durability. The small set is identical in terms of the design of the figures but reduced to approx two thirds in size. The boards differ in size and design between the large and small option.

Chess Set Sizes (including board):

Large Chess Set


Small Chess Set


Tallest piece height

11.5 cm

7.3 cm

Smallest piece height 4.7 cm 4 cm

Chess piece base

3.8 cm

2.3 cm

Chess Board (if included)

45cm x 45cm x 3cm

29cm x 29cm x 3cm

Chess playing squares

5 cm x 5 cm

3 cm x 3 cm

Packed size (incl & excl board)

47cm x 47cm x 10cm

36cm x 36cm x 10cm

Packed weight (including board)
4.8 kg

2.3 kg

Packed weight (excluding board) 1.7 kg 0.8 kg


Our chess sets are packaged with the utmost care to ensure that they arrive safely with you after even the longest shipment.

Each chess piece is kept safe inside a box-dye cut foam holders with top and bottom cover foam for the set. The chess board itself is wrapped in bubble wrap packaging to absorb any bumps while in shipping.

The entire set is then placed in a double-walled sturdy cardboard box which is filled with polystyrene packaging pieces to further protect this valuable set while in transit.

Of course if after all this care is taken any of the pieces or the board ever do arrive damaged after shipment we will take 100% responsibility and replace any damaged pieces at no cost to you.

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