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Spectacular Lion King-themed wildlife and safari tours offered by luxury travel operators

The Lion King is slated to roar through Singapore cinemas on Thursday, July 18.

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Luxury travel and conservation companies are offering spectacular, lion-centred wildlife tours and tailor-made safari packages. These tours were crafted in homage of Disney’s much-awaited live-action release of The Lion King, which is slated to roar through Singapore cinemas on Thursday, July 18.

Photo:The Lion King official poster/The Lion King Facebook

Experience “hakuna matata” (no worries) as you take in the breath-taking African landscapes, witness the most majestic wildlife you’ve ever seen, and take a break from everyday life in gorgeous lodges overlooking unbeatable views in the African continent.

 

The Lion King in Real Life by Scott Dunn

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Photo: A roaring lion/Vim and Vigour PR

Award-winning luxury tour operator Scott Dunn, which has been curating exceptional bespoke holidays to amazing destinations around the world for over three decades, presents the ultimate family adventure through Kenya — a firsthand, real life experience of the king of the jungle and his friends. Visit Pride Rock and be transported to The Lion King‘s most iconic moments, and go on private drives and walks to see the magnificent African landscape. Keep your eyes open for Simba, Nala, Timon, Pumba and the rest of The Lion King gang, all while experiencing unparalleled luxury.

Photo: Lion cub and lionness/Vim and Vigour PR

This brand new itinerary takes you and your family on a journey across the jaw-dropping Kenyan landscape, providing you with a luxurious, one-of-a-kind experience in the most tasteful lodges and in partnership with wildlife conservation centres.

Begin your tour in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, with an unforgettable stay at the world-famous Giraffe Manor, where guests have the pleasure of enjoying the company of the friendly Rothschild giraffes who roam around (and are cheeky enough to poke their heads through windows to share a bite of your breakfast!).

Photo: Rothschild giraffes at Giraffe Manor/Scott Dunn website

Photo: Giraffes sharing your breakfast/Scott Dunn website

Visit the renowned Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (an elephant and rhino orphanage) and don’t be surprised if you see Pumba (the warthog) running around.

Travel to the luxurious Borana Lodge in the Borana Conservancy in Laikipia, Northern Kenya, home of the legendary Pride Rock where Mufasa presided over the land and presented Simba as his heir.

Photo: Pride Rock/Scott Dunn website

Photo: Laikipia Safari/Scott Dunn website

Scott Dunn destination specialists are available to cater to your every need and request, such as private bush breakfasts or drinks while witnessing unbelievable sunset vistas.

Photo: Borana Lodge/Scott Dunn website

And now for the grand finale of this incredible tour, a visit to Maasai Mara, where the landscape is as close to The Lion King as it gets in real life. Enjoy a luxurious stay at the Mara House, the perfect luxurious destination for your family.

Photo: Mara House/Scott Dunn website

Photo: Mara House/Scott Dunn website

Go on a privately-guided tour and see how many of the film’s lovable characters you can spot. Enjoy sightings of red-billed hornbills, wildebeests, cheetahs, elephants and zebras, and prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime — meet the king and queen, Simba and Nala, in person.

Photo: This majestic lion could be Simba of The Lion King/Scott Dunn website

Photo: Elephant/Scott Dunn website

Photo: Wildebeest/Scott Dunn website

Photo: Lion cub and lionness/Vim and Vigour PR

TOUR DETAILS:

Seven nights | S$8,600 per person*

For more information, visit the Scott Dunn website, read up on the tour itinerary or call + 65 3165 4050 to speak with a Scott Dunn destination expert for the most bespoke wildlife experience. 

*Prices are based on a family of four with inclusions of internal flights, accommodation, private transfers, full board and activities, daily experiences and daily breakfast.

Scott Dunn’s Top Eight Places in Africa to see The Lion King cast in real life

  1. PUMBA (the warthog) – Victoria Falls at The Royal Livingstone Resort, Zambia
  2. TIMON (the meerkat) – Makgadikgadi Salt Pans at San Camp, Botswana
  3. NALA (the white lioness) – Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Tanda Tula, South Africa
  4. ZAZU (the hornbill) – Tafika, Zambia
  5. THE WILDEBEEST MIGRATION – Northern Serengeti, Serian’s Serengeti Mobile Camp, Tanzania
  6. SHENZI, BANZAI AND ED (the hyenas) – Kicheche Mara’s, Maasai Mara, Kenya
  7. RAFIKI (the baboon) – Ruaha at Kwihala Camp, Tanzania
  8. SIMBA (the lion) – Pride Rock, Borana Lodge, Kenya

 

Protecting the Pride by Singita

Photo: Lion at the Singita Kruger National Park/Singita website

Singita, which means “place of miracles”, is a luxury safari operator and conservation brand dedicated to environmentally-conscious hospitality, sustainability and the preservation of African wilderness and wildlife across six regions of Africa.

Photo: Three lionesses/Vim and Vigour PR

Singita proves that luxury and conservation can go hand-in-hand, operating 15 award-winning lodges and camps with specialised safari tours that promise to deliver the most unforgettable wildlife experiences.

Photo: Lebombo Lodge in South Africa/Singita website

Photo: Sweni Lodge in Kruger National Park, South Africa/Singita website

Ever since Disney released the original, animated version of The Lion King a quarter of a century ago, Africa’s lion population has been cut in half because of poaching and habitat destruction. Sadly, only approximately 20,000 lions remain in the wild.

Photo: Lion cub/Vim and Vigour PR

Singita is a part of The Lionscape Coalition, a collaboration for the Lion Recovery Fund by Africa’s leading ecotourism operators that include &Beyond, Conservation Travel Foundation by Ultimate Safaris, and Wilderness Safaris. They have all banded together to help save Africa’s lions, with a goal of doubling the lion population in the wild by 2050.

Photo: Lion cub and lioness/Vim and Vigour PR

In celebration of the upcoming live-action The Lion King, Disney has made a generous donation of US$1.5m (over S$2m) to the Lion Recovery Fund to support the protection of wildlife, habitats and education.

Conservation partners like Singita continue to work hard to deliver amazing wildlife experiences while working toward the preservation of the African wild. Animals deserve to feel “hakuna matata” just as much as humans do.

For more information on their packages and offerings, visit the Singita website or use this contact form to connect with a Singita tour specialist to plan your very own The Lion King safari experience. 

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