The Lion King Safari

Lion King Safari

With the much-anticipated live-action remake of Disney’s “The Lion King” released this month, we’ve put together a special 10 day Kenya safari! This new version of the animated 1994 original is based on real video footage taken in Kenya.

While following in the paw prints of Simba and his friends you’ll stay in very comfortable small camps with spacious guest tents, comfortably furnished with private bathrooms, solar lights and located in attractive unspoiled natural settings.

Your Lion King safari offers an excellent chance of seeing the big cats with game drives in Nairobi National Park, Amboseli National Park, Meru National Park, and Masai Mara Game Reserve. You’ll stay in exclusive private conservancies just outside the National Parks and Reserves. With no fences, animals wander freely between the parks and conservancies. In fact, you’ll often find more wildlife in the conservancies where, thanks to fewer vehicles, they feel safe and not hassled by the hordes of tourist vans within the Parks. In the conservancies, you’ll be able to enjoy night game drives back to camp, after enjoying a sundowner while watching a magnificent African sunset, and walks with your Maasai guides – activities which are not allowed in the Parks and Reserves.

The safari camps are small and exclusive and run on environmentally sound principles – working closely with the local communities. All camps are specially designed to have a minimum impact with no permanent structures. At Rhino River Camp you have the opportunity to visit remote Meru National Park, which is home to a large population of elephant, hippo, lion, cheetah, and leopard, and over 300 bird species.

Rhino River Camp has its own private meditation area where you can unwind, meditate, read a novel or simply sit back and listen to the sounds of the river. Designed in contemporary style with subtle hints of Africa, the rooms are very pleasant yet unobtrusive and elegant.

At the camps all meals, drinks (wine, gin & tonic, beer, sodas, mineral water), game drives, walks, night drives and sundowners are included in the price. Extra nights can be added at any of the camps.

Time your Lion King safari between July and September and one of the highlights will be the Great Migration, when around 1.5 million wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes follow their annual circuit from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of fresh pastures.

Optional extension: End your spectacular Lion King safari with a few relaxing days on Kenya’s beautiful Indian Ocean coast or exotic Zanzibar Island



Day 1: Nairobi National Park

Days 2 & 3: Amboseli National Park and Selenkay Conservancy

Days 4 & 5: Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia in northern Kenya

Days 6 & 7: Meru National Park, home of the hand-reared lioness Elsa of ‘Born Free’ fame

Days 8 & 9: Private conservancy adjacent to Masai Mara Game Reserve, with day trip into the Reserve to see the Great Migration.


Tour includes

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • flights between camps to avoid long dusty road trips
  • authentic Maasai village visit
  • all camps are based on full board basis including soft drinks, beer, house wine, gin & tonic, mineral water
  • Conservancy and National Park fees
  • day & night game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicle
  • walks with Maasai warriors
  • visit a sanctuary for rescued Chimpanzees, founded by the Jane Goodall Institute
  • Escorted from Nairobi by qualified local guides.


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What our clients have to say...

‘Karen at African Encounters has done it again! Botswana in 2016 was a wonderful safari experience which encouraged me to join her again in Kenya. What a fabulous time our small group had. We met marvelous people, saw wonderful animals and stayed in great locations. Again, a trip beyond expectations. I can’t wait to go again!’ Jenny Anderson, Kenya Safari

“Thank you so much Karen for introducing us to this wonderful part of Africa. Every hour, every day was incredibly special – so much to see and absorb. It was an incredible (as a change from ‘amazing’!) privilege to mix with the Maasai people and humbling to visit their village. The Porini camps – all superb and unique, and the ‘African massage’ a vital part after the superb 3-course dining. Seeing all the animals in natural environs – so magnifico! I have over 1000 photos and look forward to sorting and re-living the experience many times over. Great bunch of travelling companions and hope to all meet up again for many more laughs!” Christabella Boardman, Kenya & Zanzibar Safari

At a glance

  • Destination(s)

  • Tour Pricing

    Priced from: NZD9,775.00 per person
  • Tour Length

    10 days
  • Travel Dates Available

    Daily departures
  • Tour Highlights

    • Avoid the crowds by staying in small exclusive tented camps in private conservancies.
    • Explore remote Meru National Park, the home of Elsa, the lioness made famous by Joy Adamson’s best selling book Born Free, and the movie of the same name.
    • Each camp has just 6 or 7 tents with comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms.
    • Game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles, perfect for wildlife viewing and photography.
    • Enjoy walks with Maasai guides, village visits, night game drives, bush picnics & sundowners.
    • Experience incredible wildlife encounters with no other vehicles around!
    • Fly between camps to avoid long drives on very rough roads – spend more time with the animals!
    • Escorted from Nairobi by qualified local guides.

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