One of my favorite movies of all time as a child was of course the movie The Lion King. The animated Disney movie was aired in May 1994. For those of us who saw the movie once or even several hundred times (like me) knows the movie is about Simba and his struggles to become king, how good conquered evil and all the teary-eyed and heartwarming moments in between.
As young adults, I am sure you can remember how excited you were as a child about the release of the movie The Lion King at cinemas. I was excited beyond words. I remembered queuing at the cinema with my parents and sister, anxious to finally see the movie.
During the release of The Lion King at cinema, I was quite a hand full and a bit of a wild child. I ran bare foot and climbed every tree imaginable. I loved being outside in the field getting dirty and breathe in the fresh air. I had quite an imagination back then too, so it certainly made sense that I was beyond excited to see this movie. I mean what more could I want? A story about Africa, lions, hyenas and other wild animals, yes please!
Now I’m sure you are asking, why on earth am I writing about The Lion King? Well, it’s simple. The movie had such an impact on my childhood and even throughout my adult life. I get asked questions from people who go on safari with me in the Kruger National Park that refers directly to the movie The Lion King.
“Where can we find Simba?” Normally this is asked by foreign visitors struggling to speak English, but they know that if the say Simba we will know they refer to lions.
“Can we find Timon?” Answer, unfortunately Timon cannot be found within the Kruger National Park. Timon, otherwise known as a Meerkat or suricate can be found in more arid areas like the Karoo.
“Look at that pig? What is it called? A warthog. A what? A warthog… also known as a Pumbaa. Ahh…!”
These are only a few questions that relates to the movie The Lion King. These questions and references to the movie, tells me that the movie had an impact on other children that are now young adults too.
When I watch The Lion King, I feel a sense of pride; proud to be a South African, proud to see the animals that are featured in the movie in real life.
When I think of Africa, I think of a magnificent continent that echoes brave, fearless, wild, beautiful and diverse.
The Lion King captures all of these qualities. You cannot help but want to come to Africa after watching the movie. Africa and South Africa is truly a unique place to visit, you can go on a wild safari adventure into Kruger National Park and witness animals roam free on the open Savanna plains of Africa. You can venture into the great Sahara, Namib or Kalahari Desert or you can explore the diverse eco system on the lush green Knysna forest. This is only a few wondrous things that Africa has to offer.
So if you feel inspired by the release of The Lion King 2019, give us a call or drop us an email or simply book your safari. We can certainly give you that African experience you have always dreamed of.
Speaking of the Lion King 2019? How great is it that they have decided to remake the movie? Now our kids can also experience the excitement that we felt back in the day. I cannot wait to see it!
Until next time…