Roland Tembo Costuming Guide

The venerable big game hunter Roland Tembo has a wealthy wardrobe to match his stature. Outfitted mostly by Willis & Geiger, Roland’s outfit is as safari ready as his experience is. I would like to thank the members at the Fedora Lounge and the RPF for the ID on the jacket and hat respectively.

Roland wears a tan, Willis & Geiger Hemingway style bush jacket. This jacket is lightweight, and was designed by famous writer and outdoorsman Ernest Hemingway himself for safari in Africa. The jacket runs big, about 4 sizes larger than marked, so a size 40 will fit a size 44 man. Roland keep a large rifle slug in each of the slug pockets that’s above the left breast pocket. The sleeves are worn rolled up. Lost Worlds Inc make a repro, but originals are common on eBay and far cheaper.

Roland wears a plain white, short sleeved button up shirt, which he tucks into his shorts. The shirt has no visible breast pockets.

Roland wears a plain pair of khaki dress shorts.

Roland’s belt is made by Willis & Geiger, and has a brass, palm-leaf shaped “cavalry” buckle and is made of buffalo leather. Orvis makes a repro for about $70.

Roland Tembo’s hat is a Will & Geiger Kalahari safari hat with custom braided hat band replacing the original bands. Here’s a picture of the original hat along with the hat in the movie:

Unfortunately, these hats are exceptionally rare, although they will appear on eBay from time to time. Here’s an original Willis & Geiger hat converted into Roland Tembo’s hat.





Messenger Bag:
Although seldom seen at Roland’s side, his messenger bag is a Willis & Geiger messenger map bag.

Roland wear 8 inch leather moccasin boots of an unkown brand. He folds his hiking socks over the tops.

Roland’s are the same type of sunglasses as Alan Grant’s: gold rimmed aviators by Ray-Ban, with green tint lenses. Roland keeps them stowed in the inner pocket of his bush jacket when he’s not wearing them.


Necklace – A beaded chain containing a gold wedding band and a round silver, coin-like trinket.

Earring – Simple, small gold hoop earring.

Leather cord – Simple leather cord tied around right wrist. It can easily be recreated with a length of leather shoe string.






Watch – Silver wrist watch, the band part has gold trimming in the center. Face is round. Worn on left wrist:

Perhaps the most rare piece of Roland’s costume his Searcy .600 Nitro Express double barrelled rifle, an elephant gun used to bring down the biggest of African mammals. A toy double barrelled shotgun would probably suffice:

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