Places inspired by the Lion King that you can visit IRL

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With the impending release of the new live action remake of the Lion King, everybody is losing their freaking minds, and with good reason. James Earl Jones is back as Mufasa baby! Beyoncé as Nala… it’s what dreams are made of! I will miss Whoopi Goldberg as Shenzi but we can’t win them all I guess!

The feature looks like it’s going to basically be the best thing ever and I cannot wait to see it (probably multiple times). As the self-proclaimed world’s biggest Lion King fan, I have no idea what I’m going to do with my life until July 19th, 2019 (well there is also this little thing in April to look forward to as well... Game of thrones... am I right?!) 

So I’ve put together a list of all of the amazing places you can visit you wait oh so patiently for the release…

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Hells Gate National Park

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Avid Lion King fans will be excited to know that Pride Rock is actually inspired by a real life place in Kenya. Hells Gate National Park is a unique safari park because it has absolutely no large predators, so you can CYCLE your way through the park.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make out the resemblance all that much and the creators obviously took quite a bit of artistic license with the look of Pride Rock, but it is still an awesome and unique experience to be in the presence of the rock that inspired it all. 

After cycling for a while, you will stop and be able to hike down through the canyons, inspiration of the stampede and that all too real scene… you know the one I’m talking about!

Want to know what it was like cycling among the wildlife in Hell’s Gate National Park? Click here.

the Serengeti

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The undisputed best place in the world to view lions in their natural habitat, the Serengeti is unbeatable!

You will undoubtedly see lions and their cubs, but if you’re lucky you may even witness a real-life hunt like I did in the video below.

Click here to read more about my incredible safari in the Serengeti

Skip to 1:16 to see THAT SCENE come to life when a lioness goes in for the kill on a warthog. BETTER YET, watch the whole vid to get an idea of what a safari in the Serengeti, and a trip to Tanzania is like!

A classic Serengeti Sunset

A classic Serengeti Sunset

The Serengeti has an abundance of other wildlife and you are guaranteed to see at least zebra, wildebeest, kudu, many different species of deer, giraffe, elephants and of course... Ed, Shenzi and Banzai!

For a next level experience, make sure to camp (or glamp, if that’s your thing) in the Serengeti. Falling asleep to the cries of hyenas, under the big balls of gas stuck up in that big blue-ish black thing will be a moment that will stay with you forever.

Mount Kilimanjaro 

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This view features in The Lion King quite a few times as a transition and rightly so as one of the most renowned views in Africa… Mt. Kilimanjaro!

The climb up Kili is one thing I have not yet attempted, but if you’re planning on it make sure you check out these 5 tips for preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and this Climbing Kilimanjaro Packing List first.


The home of not only everything Lion King, but absolutely EVERYTHING DISNEY! While you wait to be full of popcorn on July 19th, why not just book a sneaky getaway to one of the theme parks?

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Take your pick, you’ve got the original Disneyworld in Florida, Disneyland in California, Paris, Hong Kong or Tokyo.

However for the most spectacular, in your face Lion King experiences you could wish for, your best bet is going to be Animal Kingdom at Disneyworld. Check out where to find all of your favourite Lion King Characters here, from Festival of the Lion King to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Also, the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom is something impressive to behold.


For yet another spell-binding take on the greatest movie of all time, consider going to see the musical at a multitude of locations. ‘The Lion King, The Musical’ first opened 22 years ago on Broadway in New York City. Since then, it has become the most successful musical in history, touring the world multiple times and setting up permanent performances in New York, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid and some place in The Netherlands I can’t pronounce (Scheveningen).

By now, I’m sure it won’t surprise you to learn that I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing this spectacle live four times (Once in Sydney, once in Perth and twice in Melbourne)


Let me know in the comments!

In case you’ve been living under a rock somewhere,

here’s the trailer to get you excited!