As the beloved Simba finally returns to big screens around the world, we’ll all be grabbing some popcorn (and tissues) for the long-awaited, and no doubt emotive, debut. To celebrate Simba’s triumphant return, we have tailormade the ultimate East African adventure. Our 10-day Meet the Powerful Kings of the Jungle safari introduces wildlife lovers to the likes of Simba, Nala and Mufasa, (to name a few) in their revered homeland, the vast and infinitely beautiful Serengeti/Mara ecosystem.
Of course, a production of such magnitude as The Lion King will generate a tremendous amount of worldwide hype, and thankfully Disney and the Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) are putting this widespread media attention to fantastic use with their global #ProtectThePride campaign in support of lion conservation.
Did you know that since the original release of The Lion King, Africa has lost half of its wild lion population? That is a sobering statistic and one that needs to be acted on. Fast. Which is why Disney has thrown its support behind the LRF, an initiative that aims to double the amount of lions by 2050. &BEYOND has also joined forces with the LRF (along with likeminded ecotourism operators and partners: Conservation Travel Foundation by Ultimate Safaris, Singita and Wilderness Safaris) to launch the Lionscape Coalition, which supports the LRF and contributes to important projects such the KOPE Lion Project, a beneficiary of the LRF (more on that below).
So, as the Circle of Life plays out in cinemas, so too does the real-life and often vicious circle of life play out on the mighty plains of East Africa. Sadly, lions face many threats, the main one being conflict from the many rural communities that live alongside them. However, to truly understand this conflict, it is crucial to spend time with the Maasai tribes to promote understanding for the hardships they face.