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EXPERIENCE: LION KING ADVENTURE

In celebration of Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King, we are thrilled to offer this exciting privately guided Kenya family safari to explore the locations which inspired the original film.

KENYA FAMILY SAFARI

Why not bring the story to life with an unforgettable Kenya family safari adventure of a lifetime? We will take you to some of the best safari locations in Kenya and enable you to meet some of the real-life animals behind the characters. This adventure is guided by professional photographer and safari guide, Robert Carr-Hartley, who was intimately involved in the creation of the original Lion King film in 1994. Robert is from one of the oldest settler families in Kenya and spent his childhood growing up alongside wildlife. It is this unique insight and knowledge which enabled him to become the animator’s guide during the research safari which provided inspiration for the film. Robert helped with many of the Swahili songs and names in The Lion King, as well as the decision to choose a warthog to be Simba’s sidekick. On this journey into the heart of the ‘Pride Lands’, you will meet some of Lion King’s characters, including Simba’s pride, Zazu the hornbill, Pumba the warthog, Ed, Shenzi and Banzai the hyenas.

ABOUT ROBERT CARR-HARTLEY

Robert is from one of the oldest settler families in Kenya and is a cousin to Mikey Carr-Hartley, fourth-generation Kenyan and co-owner of The Safari Collection. As the guide of this unique Lion King safari, it is only fitting that Robert was involved in the original creation of the Lion King film in 1994. Robert was the animator’s guide during their research safari and provided inspiration before the film being made. He was also instrumental in changing the screen play to include Pumba, choosing a warthog as Simba’s side-kick, and helped with songs and Kenyan sayings which played a part in the creation of ‘Hakuna Matata’.

* Guide price based on a family of two adults and two children travelling for 7 nights on a full board basis, including all internal scheduled/private flights and transfers. The price is correct to the best of our knowledge, but is intended to be a guide price and is subject to change at the time of confirmation.

7 NIGHTS

NAIROBI – MASAI MARA
SAVINGS SEASON

$33,950

per family (2 adults & 2 children)*
THE SEASON

$40,220

per family (2 adults & 2 children)*
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FAMILY SAFARI HOLIDAYS

The Lion King brings family safari holidays to life ~ Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.

Mufasa, The Lion King

Henry and I have returned after one of the most extraordinary family safari holidays We learned so much about conservation of land, animals and communities, saw some stunning landscapes, met so many inspirational people, and fell in love with Kenya…I’ve come back full of ideas and full of admiration for The Safari Collection. I absolutely love what the Carr-Hartleys are doing…the conservation story is brilliant and so timely.

Sally and Henry Peck, UK

  ITINERARY

Day 1: Giraffe Manor, Nairobi
Day 2/3: Borana Lodge, Laikipia
Day 4/5: Sasaab, Samburu
Day 6/7:  Sala’s Camp, Masai Mara

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional private guide throughout the trip
  • Full board accommodation (all meals, all house wines, house spirits and beers, soft drinks, laundry, selected activities etc.)
  • All internal flights (scheduled flights/private charters)
  • Park and conservation fees
  • Activities including game drives, sundowners, bush picnics
  • Return road transfers from airport/airstrip to lodge/camp and to/from activities including 4X4 safari vehicles
  • Meet and assist on arrival at the airport
  • Flying Doctor’s cover

RECOMMENDED FOR

  • Lion King Enthusiasts!
  • Anyone keen to experience the best of Kenya’s incredible scenery and wildlife
  • It is a well-rounded holiday for all ages, so lends itself to being a great choice for families

HIGHLIGHTS

Feed pumbas at Giraffe Manor, picnic on the original ‘pride rock’ in Borana, fly-camp under the stars in Samburu and meet Simba’s real family in the Masai Mara. This journey immerses you in Kenya’s stunning wilderness and brings you closer to the wildlife than you could have ever imagined.

WHEN TO GO

Kenya is an excellent year-round destination. However, during the two rainy seasons (November and April to May), it can get a bit wet, especially in the Mara. Therefore the best times to visit are January to March and late June through to October – this is when it is dry, and animals tend to congregate around permanent water sources. During the wet season (late March through to May and late October to early December), the animals disperse across larger areas and are harder to find. If you want a chance to catch the annual wildebeest migration when it thunders past Sala’s Camp in the Mara, then go between July and September, although the exact location of the migration within this period varies each year, as the animals’ movements are dictated by the rains.

WHERE YOU STAY

GIRAFFE MANOR

NAIROBI

BORANA LODGE

LAIKIPIA

SASAAB

SAMBURU

SALA’S CAMP

MASAI MARA

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