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Why The Lion King Movie isn’t Just for Kids

Sure, it’s a Disney movie featuring talking animals, but The Lion King isn’t just a movie for kids; it’s a film for the entire family.  The story of The Lion King centres on the ‘circle of life’, portraying the young cub, Simba’s journey to adulthood and the royal throne. The son of the powerful King Mufasa, Simba grows up in a very caring family environment. But tragedy strikes when his…

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Would Simba be Friends with Timon and Pumbaa in Real Life?

In Disney’s The Lion King, the young lion prince Simba begins a new life when he meets the hilarious duo of meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa. They introduce Simba to the “Hakuna Matata” way of life, helping him find a new family in them after fleeing from his own.  But can a lion really “befriend” its prey? Here are two famous examples of lions that have befriended animals that would…

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Pride of Place

We all know Pride Rock as an iconic place in The Lion King. It is an ancient and massive rock formation that can be found overlooking the vast Pride Lands. Pride Rock is home to Simba and his family and it functions as the King’s throne and palace.  Because of its prominence, Pride Rock serves as a central gathering place for events in the Pride Lands. It also forms a…

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The Circle of Life That Moves Us All

At its core, The Lion King is a film about family. In a nutshell, the story revolves around a family of lions trying to avoid being broken apart by a malicious family member (Scar). In the original and in the new 2019 film, Mufasa and Scar are juxtaposed as two models of being a family: Mufasa represents good leadership and compassion, while Scar represents manipulation and selfishness.  Simba is the…

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What Really Happens When the Leader of the Pride Dies

“Long live the King…” The moment will be forever ingrained in our memories – Scar throwing Mufasa down a gorge as little Simba watches on. Of course, The Lion King is a fictional story, yet Simba’s pain feels raw and real. But what really happens in a lion pride when the leader dies? The structure of a lion pride Although you do get nomadic lions that hunt individually or in…

Shooting Animals on Safari – Through a Lens

Taking photographs while on safari adds a whole new dimension to your African adventure. In the Kalahari – where Big Sky Kalahari Adventures is located – there’s no shortage of wildlife, landscapes, sunsets, sunrises and starry skies to keep you snapping away all holiday.  Whether you’re an experienced photographer or just learning behind the lens, a trip to Africa is the ideal opportunity to hone your craft and practice your…