THE GREEN MAMBA 1 is a luxury & photography game viewing vehicle.

It is available for photographic game drives led by wildlife photographer and field guide Christian Sperka, exclusively on Thanda Safari, a private game reserve in KwaZulu Natal South Africa.

The vehicle is designed for one or two photographers and three additional guests.

It is also ideal for anyone who wants to experience a safari in ultimate luxury and get great wildlife pictures included – taken by Christian Sperka.

THE GREEN MAMBA 1 can be requested when booking a Private Photography Vehicle at Thanda Safari – with Christian Sperka as photographer/guide.

For more informationabout THE GREEN MAMBA 1 contact Christian at or

To book THE GREEN MAMBA 1 with your stay at Thanda Safari contact / +27 32 586 0149.



  • Max total number of guests: Five
  • Luxury seating for two photographers (with lots of extra leg room)
  • Canvas floor matting for ‘photography on eye level’
  • Extra storage space for photographers
  • Special bean bags
  • 9.7″ Apple iPad with bird app, mammal app and photographer app provided upon request|
  • Individual comfort seating for three extra guests
  • 12.9″ Apple iPad Pro installed – with various nature apps for enhanced guiding experience (incl Roberts Birds of Southern Africa)
  • Nespresso coffee machine and milk frother (for espressos and cappuccinos at the morning coffee stop)
  • Martini Bush Bar (for martinis and other exciting drinks during evening drink stop – including the signature Thanda Martini and the Thanda Gold Long Drink)


  • Winch
  • Compressor for tire pressure adjustment
  • Three sockets for spotlights front-middle-back

The Making of the Mamba …

Arrival at Thanda Safari

THE GREEN MAMBA 1 was built by Garry Coady, Durban, South Africa.

In the first half of 2017 Garry converted a standard Land Rover Defender TD5 130 into this very special safari vehicle. Christian is very grateful for the excellent work done, especially for reacting positively to all his ideas, as they ‘popped up’ while the conversion work was on its way. Special thanks to Marian for being so patient and to Fred and Sheldon for all their help.

Idea and design: Christian Sperka
Conversion and solutions: Garry Coady
Operation: Christian Sperka Photography for Thanda Safari

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