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A Safari Fit For a (Lion) King

Want to be Here? Better Mufasa

A Safari Fit For a (Lion) King

Let’s take a journey. We’re going to do this together, almost like a mindfulness exercise. Strap yourself in and prepare for the time of your life. I’m not ‘lion! We’re off to Africa. Maasai Mara to be exact.

Imagine you have just stepped off the plane at the Olare Orok airstrip. The heat envelopes you like a warm hug. As you walk out of the arrivals door you see a bright, cheery smile waiting for you.

Your transfer driver slowly cruises towards the camp, letting you take in the amazing surroundings. It’s early morning when you arrive at the camp and the sun is just beginning to rise. You can’t believe your eyes. This view is impawsibile.

Good thing you got here early…the breakfast they’ve made is fit for a lion. The tables are set up outside overlooking the vast expanse of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Fresh juice, fruit, and other options are all part of the morning’s spread. The sun is out, and you bask in the sun, sipping on your orange juice…or cocktail depending on how daring you are.

After you’re satisfied you’ve stuffed your face enough at breakfast, it’s time to wash off the long hours of travel with a soak in the bath. The large tub is positioned right next to a large floor-to-ceiling window with more roarsome views of the conservancy. You lay in the tub for a long time thinking how incredibly fortunate you are to be here and then hop on out and make your way over to get a massage.

After many hours of sitting on a plane, you can think of nothing better than to relax and have your neck, back and shoulders massaged. After all, the busy day ahead of you exploring will make you super exhausted. A massage is definitely needed.

Now the real fun begins. Grab your camera and let’s go on safari! You can now live out your childhood Lion King dreams, with lion sightings a daily occurrence.

You can also see your very own Pumbaa (Warthog) and Zazu (Red-billed Hornbill), as well as elephants, zebras and our personal favourite, giraffes.

Take a break in the middle of the day to rest and eat. Remember, all your food and drinks (including alcoholic beverages, winning!) are included so you may as well get your money’s worth.

Next, take a dip in the pool and cool off. Tonight, you’re going to do your second game drive of the day, hoping to spot some of the nocturnal animals at the conservancy.

Now sadly we’re almost at the end of our journey. We’re going to finish with dinner. You’re surrounded by smiling faces. They’re all clapping and chanting for you.

There’s a fire roaring in the middle of the outdoor dinner setting and you feel the warmth from the people and fire around you. You smile to yourself, knowing tomorrow you can do the same all over again at the Mahali Mzuri luxury tented safari camp.

About the Author

Camille Brandon

Camille Brandon

Living on the Gold Coast her whole life, she has a lot of hot tips and secret places to share with the public (if they’re lucky). During the week, when she’s not holed up in her room studying, you’ll find her brunching at cute cafes, trying to get a tan at the beach or playing soccer. On the weekend you’ll most often find her at a photoshoot, behind the lens, practising her passion for photography. She’s well-travelled, with 23 countries up her sleeve already and hopes to continue ticking countries off the list over the years to come.