The long awaited launch of Disney’s spectacular remake of “The Lion King” is almost here! Get lost in Africa’s magic and refresh your childhood memories with the adventures of Simba, Nala, Mufasa and Scar. To celebrate this we are giving out free movie tickets!
A beautiful sunrise over the African savanna, when the bush comes to life. Antelopes and zebras grazing peacefully together. An elephant family with the snow-capped Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Thundering hooves of thousands of wildebeests on the run. And of course a pride of lions, proud and fearless.
You may recognize this as being the setting of the iconic movie “The Lion King”. But if you travel to Tanzania you can easily see the resemblance and how it inspired the Pride Lands film. When Disney started developing the story about Simba, a team of animators was sent to East Africa to study the animals, sounds, colors, moods, landscapes and sunsets. Thanks to that, the film is almost scary realistic.
Here are some interesting things you probably did not know about The Lion King:
- The Lion King was originally going to be called “King of the Jungle”. Then the Disney production team realized that no lions live in the jungle…
- The Olduvai Gorge served as inspiration for the spot where Mufasa was trampled by wildebeests. This gorge, located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is an important archaeological site where evidence of the first humans has been found.
- A lot of the animated animal behavior is accurate… but not all! There is no way a lion can survive off bugs. And while the hyenas are portrayed as lazy scavengers, they are actually successful hunters and kill most of their own preys.
- Despite of a long-persisting rumor, The Lion King’s Pride Rock is not based on Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya, but it had a variety of inspirations. In the Serengeti plains you will find many “kopjes” (rock formations) which look similar to Pride Rock and are a popular place for lions to hide their cubs. So be aware when passing those rocks!
- Improve your Swahili vocabulary with the movie! The most well known phrase is probably Hakuna Matata meaning ‘no worries’. Simba is the translation of ‘lion’ in Swahili and Rafiki means ‘friend’. However, note that Pumbaa does not mean warthog but ‘foolish’ or ‘silly’. The correct Swahili word for warthog is ngiri.
- The character Rafiki is based on a combination of a mandrill and baboon. He looks very much like a mandrill except mandrills don’t have tails.
- Always wondered about the opening song which sounds so African? It is the start of The Circle of Life chanted in Zulu. The song begins with “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba”, which means “Here comes a lion, Father”.
To celebrate the launch of the awe-inspiring Disney film, we are giving out FREE movie tickets for every family member that joins us for a safari. Because Tanzania does not only offer one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, but is also a perfect family destination for all age groups, from the little travelers to the still adventurous grandparents.
Go in search of prides of lions, resting on top of the rocky islands (“Kopjes”) in Serengeti National Park. Encounter thousands of wildebeests grazing peacefully, accompanied by gazelles, zebras and elephants. And find your own silly Pumbaa, running proudly with his tail straight in the air.
Terms & Conditions:
- Book your family safari before 1 October 2019.
- The offer is not attached to a fixed travel itinerary. Design your own dream trip with the help of our safari expert, as long as it contains a minimum of 7 nights on the mainland of Tanzania.
- Every confirmed traveler will receive one free movie ticket to The Lion King.
- You are free to choose the most suitable cinema location and date.
- The cinema tickets will be either sent to you online, or you will receive a refund upon showing proof of purchase of the tickets. The refund will be balanced out with the final payment of your safari.
- The tickets are non refundable or transferable and cannot be resold to other parties.
- The offer is applicable for any new bookings from 22 June and lasts as long as The Lion King is available in the cinemas.
Book your family holiday now and
get in the safari mood with The Lion King!
The Lion King will start roaring in the theaters from 19 July 2019. Get in touch with our safari expert for your personalized Lion King inspired itinerary!