Lion King Kenya Family Adventure

Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable family adventure with. Witness the majesty of Africa’s wildlife as you traverse the iconic landscapes of the Maasai Mara and encounter the famed Lion King characters in “real life”, creating cherished family memories amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the savannah.

7 Nights
December to March and June to October
From $ 10,820 per person

Overview

Day 1

JOIN THE LION KING ADVENTURE

JOIN THE LION KING ADVENTURE

In celebration of Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King, join this exciting privately guided Kenya family safari to explore the locations which inspired the original film.
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 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.

Travel Jomo Kenyatta  (Nairobi) Airport to Giraffe Manor

Travel Jomo Kenyatta (Nairobi) Airport to Giraffe Manor

Upon arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by a member of Giraffe Manor and driven to hotel. The drive takes approximately a thirty-minutes, part of which will take you along the boundary of Nairobi’s iconic National Park.

Giraffe Manor - Karen Blixen Family Suite

Giraffe Manor - Karen Blixen Family Suite (1 night)

The giraffes are the stars of the show at Giraffe Manor, located in a leafy suburb of Nairobi on a 140-acre forested sanctuary. Close-up encounters with them over breakfast and afternoon tea are magical. The inquisitive giraffes are always keen to be hand fed.

The 113 square-metre Karen Blixen room at Giraffe Manor is located on the top floor of the main manor house, and provides guests with the opportunity to feed the giraffes in the early morning hours. Each of the two bedrooms has its own en-suite facilities with bathtub, shower and twin sinks. The master bedroom has a king-sized four poster bed, whilst the second bedroom has two single four poster beds and a small daybed which can accommodate a young child. The room also has a spacious lounge with a fireplace and a writing desk.

All meals, house wines, house soft drinks, house beers, house spirits • Laundry • Entrance to the AFEW Giraffe Centre • Orchid House dining

Activities at Giraffe Manor

Activities at Giraffe Manor

The giraffe roam the grounds of the wildlife sanctuary that surrounds Giraffe Manor. Although they are completely wild, they love the nutritious treats that guests are able to feed them. There are also a host of ‘pumbas’ or warthogs that dart around the lawns. Guests can also choose to visit the nearby Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, to can meet rescued orphaned elephant babies from all over Kenya. Learn about their rescue stories, watch them being fed and put to bed. The following morning provides an early but thrilling start to an African adventure, as guests enjoy breakfasting with the giraffe.

Day 2

BORANA CONSERVANCY

BORANA CONSERVANCY

Borana Lodge is situated in a stunning 35,000-acre private rhino sanctuary, packed with exciting wildlife and adventure opportunities. Sightings of Ed, Banzai and Shenzi the hyenas are not uncommon as many animals like to hang out in the damn. There are also lots of hornbills in the area – the basis for Simba’s royal advisor Zazu. Enjoy spectacular panoramas while having a bush breakfast or sundowners atop ‘pride rock’ – the very place which inspired Disney’s writers in the making of The Lion King. Mountain biking, horse riding for all abilities and tracking rhino on foot with the anti-poaching rangers are amongst some of the exhilarating activities on offer at Borana as part of your family safari package.

Travel Nairobi to Borana Conservancy

Travel Nairobi to Borana Conservancy

Depart from Nairobi’s Wilson airport at 10:20 am on a scheduled Safarilink flight to Lewa Downs Airstrip, arriving at 11:20 am. From here you will experience your first safari adventure as you game-drive through the bush to Borana Lodge, roughly an hour away.

Borana Lodge - Family Cottage

Borana Lodge - Family Cottage (2 nights)

Borana Lodge is steeped in history and style. Located at the heart of Borana Conservancy, Kenya’s newest and most successful rhino sanctuary, Borana Lodge is set against a beautiful hillside with an organic design and panoramic views.

Borana Lodge has four stand-alone cottages with exceptional views.

The Family cottages provide the perfect refuge for families; a sitting room is shared between a double and a twin so parents can rest assured their children are safe in the room next door.

Each cottage is built out of rock and cedar with a thatched roof. They all have open fireplaces, lit each evening with a basket of sustainably sourced firewood nearby along with verandas with breath-taking views. The bathrooms are spacious and have both baths and showers which look out over the wilds of Africa.

Day 4

SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE

Samburu National Reserve in Kenya spans 165 sq km along the Ewaso Ng'iro River. Unique for its "Samburu Special Five" - reticulated giraffe, Grevy's zebra, Beisa oryx, Somali ostrich, and gerenuk - it showcases rare wildlife. The landscape, with acacia trees and hills, hosts elephants, lions, and a plethora of bird species. Engage with Samburu culture, visit villages, and enjoy stays in varied accommodations. This haven emphasizes conservation, protecting species and promoting sustainable tourism for an authentic African safari experience.

Travel Borana Conservancy to Samburu National Reserve

Travel Borana Conservancy to Samburu National Reserve

Depart from Lewa Downs Airstrip at your chosen time and take a Tropic Air privately chartered flight to Samburu, and on to Sasaab Lodge

Sasaab Lodge - Family Suite

Sasaab Lodge - Family Suite (2 nights)

Perched on the edge of a river valley, the architecture of Sasaab blends Swahili and Moroccan design principals in which the African heat is of primary consideration.

Comprised of eight individual rooms with huge thatched roofs, canvas sides and sensational views across river and beyond, each room is uniquely styled with a private plunge pool and open veranda. The accommodation is more than spacious, with large double and twin ensuite bedrooms connected by a breezy open sided lounge area in the middle and an expansive wooden deck out to the front.

Enjoy high levels of seclusion and a feeling of being totally immersed in the wilderness in your own private villa.

All meals and drinks including house wines, beers and spirits • Game drives • Bush meals and sundowners • Guided walks • Camel walks • Airstrip transfers • Laundry

Family Activities at Sasaab

Family Activities at Sasaab

Go on a game drive to hunt for the ‘Samburu Special Five’: Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, gerenuk and Beisa oryx. Then take an evening camel ride for sundowners on a spectacular rocky outcrop with panoramic views. Quad biking adventures are also an option, perfect for kids of all ages, on an African safari. Imagine your kids' faces as you tell them that they can experience the thrill of the wild by sleeping out under the stars. This unique Sasaab fly-camping experience, allows you to fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush. Between January and June, you might also be able to spot ‘Leo’ the lion star constellation.

Day 6

MASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK

MASAI MARA NATIONAL PARK

The Masai Mara, or simply The Mara, is a renowned National Reserve in South West Kenya spanning 580 square miles. Its grasslands draw 1.5 million animals during migration (July-October). Year-round, it hosts abundant wildlife, including the Big Five and others. The Great Wildebeest Migration, a year-long event, traverses between Tanzania's Serengeti and Kenya's Masai Mara (July-November). Animal movements depend on rainfall and grazing, like the unpredictable wildebeest river crossings. Invariably, the Masai Mara is a consistently rewarding wildlife destination.

Travel Samburu National Reserve to Masai Mara National Park

Travel Samburu National Reserve to Masai Mara National Park

Depart a Samburu Airstrip at 09:05 am and fly on a scheduled Safarilink flight to Keekorok Airstrip in the Masai Mara. From here you will be met by a member of the Sala’s Camp Team and taken on a game drive back to camp.

Sala's Camp - Forest Family Tent

Sala's Camp - Forest Family Tent (2 nights)

Sala’s Camp offers a bespoke safari for up to 22 guests across seven luxury tents along the Sand River, blending classic safari charm with modern amenities like private pools and glass-fronted tents. Each tent boasts elegant interiors, en-suite bathrooms, solar-powered electricity (with a backup generator), and eco-conscious features like tree-planting and water-saving initiatives. Guests unwind after game drives with hammocks, private pools, and expert massages. The camp hosts special sundowner experiences and dinners under the stars. The Forest Family Tent features an open-plan design with two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and a lounge area in between, offering privacy if desired.

Game drives and other camp activities • All meals, house wines, house soft drinks, house beers, house spirits • Laundry • Bush meals • Sundowners • Bush volleyball (seasonal), nature walks and children’s activities

Activities at Sala's Camp

Activities at Sala's Camp

Nestled amongst trees at the confluence of the Sand River and the Keekorok River, the area is teeming with wildlife, including Sala’s resident pride of lions. Guests of all ages will love the thrill of hearing Mufasa roaring right from their tent. They can also spend time with Simba and Nala on games drives and searching for Scar’s paw prints in the dry riverbed. Sala’s professional spotters love showing children the secrets of the bush and will take them in search of the ‘Little Five’, teach them how to make a bush toothbrush and set up games of volleyball. Evening game drives accompanied by sundowners offers the adults the perfect end to each day.

Day 8

Travel Masai Mara National Park to Nairobi

Travel Masai Mara National Park to Nairobi

Today is the day to say your goodbyes, or ‘kwaheri’ in Swahili, and head back to Nairobi. Fly out of Keekorok Airstrip on a scheduled flight to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. We will be waiting to transfer you to The Retreat at Giraffe Manor for a day of relaxation before returning to Jomo Kenyatta for your international departure.

THANK YOU FOR TRAVELLING WITH US!

THANK YOU FOR TRAVELLING WITH US!

Your tremendous journey with us comes to an end. We wish you safe travels home, and look forward to welcoming you back to our spectacular continent! So much more to explore, so many adventures to be had.
HAKUNA MATATA
('No worries!' - Swahili)

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