The Circle of Life: Lion King Safari

Feel like the star of your own movie on this luxurious East Africa safari to the incredible landscapes and wildlife-rich reserves that inspired the Lion King. Set out on game drives on the Serengeti plains, the hunting grounds of prides of lion and other big cats. Stay at a manor house where Pumbaa warthogs graze the lawns, have sunset drinks on your own Pride Rock and settle into the “Hakuna Matata” way of life as you explore Tanzania’s beautiful Ngorongoro Crater.

Days 1 – 3: Giraffe Manor; Meet Pumbaa


Your Lion King safari begins at Giraffe Manor, a stately manor house famous for its herd of endangered Rothschild giraffe. Not only is there a giraffe sanctuary on the property but these beautiful animals also wander freely about the estate (occasionally popping their head through the window for a snack!) while comical Pumbaa warthogs keep the lawns neatly cropped.

Days 3 – 6: Samburu; Pride Rock


Samburu Reserves offers classic big game viewing, along unique North Kenya species known as the ‘Samburu Special Five’. This is also where you’ll find those spectacular rocky outcrops that inspired the Lion King’s Pride Rock. Set out on game drives, guided walks or even a camel safari, while staying in a luxurious Moroccan-style safari tent with your own private plunge pool.

Days 6 – 9: Serengeti; Pride Lands


Next, on to Tanzania’s magnificent Serengeti. It’s easy to feel you’re in the Pride Lands, as game drives offer up sightings of Africa’s large herds and plenty of predators too! Your comfortable yet stylish camp follows the thousand-strong herds of the wildebeest migration, ensuring you’re at the right place at the right time (Mufasa would be stay safe on these wide, grassy plains).

Days 9 – 12: Ngorongoro Crater: Hakuna Matata


Last stop on your Lion King safari is Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Game viewing is phenomenal, so look forward to a rich variety of wildlife including an excellent chance of seeing Africa’s Big 5. You can just picture Simba living out his Hakuna Matata carefree youth here, although you won’t see Timon (there are no meerkats in East Africa). Your award-winning lodge sits right on the crater rim, with Ngorongoro spread out below you.

Highlights

  • Set out on safari to see the real characters that inspired The Lion King
  • Wake up at Giraffe Manor to find a giraffe right outside your window
  • The savannah plains, large herds & orange sunsets of the Serengeti
  • Game drives in Ngorongoro, one of the best places to see Africa’s Big 5
  • Luxurious lodges, plenty of wildlife & unforgettable settings

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