The vast endless plains, pride of brave lions, the friends in the wild and the Savannah. Doesn’t it all sound familiar to you; here in Tanzania, it surely rings a bell, as if Disney’s global hit, The Lion King is greatly inspired from the famous, rewarding park of Tanzania; The Serengeti. And if you wish to re-live this animated fantasy, let us take you to some of the moments from this epic movie that will lure you to visit to this safari hot spot of Africa.
Where it all started…
12 years ago, not only Simba was born. The film makers grew so serious about the movie that they planned to send a team of animators for an African Safari to familiarize themselves with the sounds, visuals, moods, wildlife, colors and the atmosphere of the Savannah. The team did an extensive Safari to Tanzania, in the Serengeti to draw inspiration and reflect the feel of ‘the home of the Lion King’.
The exact locations of Serengeti
Not only has the movie reflected the spirit of the African wilderness, there are many iconic locations of the Serengeti that are highlighted on various occasions; the Olduvai Gorge; situated in the rift valley, is actually a real location, where in the movie, King Musafa dies in a wildebeest stampede. Many travellers to Tanzania, seek to visit the Olduvai Gorge, where the first hum footprints were found. Similarly, the Pride Rock, is actually the Kopjes boulders seen in selected areas of Serengeti.
Did you love the character names?
What really amazes us, are the Swahili names of special characters in the movie; Simba- Lion, Pumbaa-Silly, Rafiki-Friend and Shenzi-Fierce, are exact adaptations from the local language and reflect the persona of the characters in the movie. While on your safari with kids to Tanzania or simply a bucket-list exploration, have fun to spot and name these animals during your adventure in Serengeti National Park.
The Lion Conservation Project
With the release of the new Lion King, the Disney has launched the global conservation campaign, titled – Protect the Pride that aims to double the disappearing population of Lions by 2050. Funds collected will help to support conservation projects of the Kope Lion in Ngorongoro and the Honeyguide Foundation of Tarangire National Park. What a real contribution to Tanzania indeed!
Hakuna Matata in Tanzania
With this famous tune humming the movie, the catchy phrase is widely used in Tanzania translating as ‘no worries’ or ‘no problem’. During your safari, you will often here your driver guide or local people use these phrase very commonly, as Tanzania is known as a peaceful country where happy people live and take no worries.
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Cover Image courtesy: CNN