In celebration of Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King, we are thrilled to offer this exciting new privately guided safari to explore the Kenyan locations which inspired the original film. Set to be released in July 2019 with an all-star cast, why not bring the story to life with an unforgettable family adventure of a lifetime, taking you to some of the best safari locations in Kenya and enabling 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’.