Disney films continue to inspire safari operators across Africa, with packages recently hitting the market that are designed to appeal to fans of “The Lion King” and “The Little Mermaid.”
Beyond Cruises launched a package combining a five-night Kenya safari with seven nights of island-hopping in the Seychelles on a megayacht. The company said it expects the Masai Mara will lure “Lion King” fans, whereas the Seychelles will appeal to Disney fans who are anticipating the release of “The Little Mermaid” in April.
The itinerary takes advantage of the new Kenya Airways nonstop service from New York to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and the gateway to East Africa. Travelers will explore Masai Mara National Park, one of the filming locations of “The Lion King,” on a five-day safari. They will stay at Keekorok Lodge, the oldest lodge located in the heart of the Masai Mara Reserve.
After the safari, a short flight from Nairobi to Mahe, Seychelles, will take travelers to the Indian Ocean archipelago, where they can enjoy snorkeling, white sand beaches and coral reef diving.
The Kenya & Seychelles Itinerary starts at $4,389 per person with a reduced single supplement of $240 during off-season and $450 during peak season. Government taxes are included in the price, but a $300 port charge is not included. Beyond Cruises’ passengers will be able to take advantage of special rates on Kenya Airways flights.
For more information and reservations call (800) 833-2111.
Jumbari Family Safaris recently launched a seven-night Lion King-inspired itinerary in an effort to help raise awareness around lion conservation in South Africa. Jumbari is a responsible travel company based in Cape Town and is dedicated to travel with purpose.
The Lion King Adventure begins with a visit to Sarova Lion Hill in Lake Nakuru National Park. On their way there, guests will pass through Hells Gate National Park, which inspired the film, and see the sweeping cliffs of the gorge, the real-life Pride Rock and the Elephant Graveyard. Although they won't see Simba and Nala, guests are sure to catch a glimpse of giraffes, zebras, antelopes and warthogs.
Guests will also visit Sand River Mara in the Masai Mara, where they'll stay in canvas tents that blend seamlessly into the vast plains of the Masai Mara and might even catch a glimpse of migrating wildebeests and zebras on their across the Sand River. The park is noted for its large prides of lions as well as elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos.
The Lion King Adventure is priced at about $5,078 per person.