CAPS goes to Safari!
“Can you feel the love tonight”? I bet you sang it. Yes, it’s the famous chorus line in the movie Lion King’s official sound track.
How excited I am to witness the new version of Lion King as it is somehow close to my heart since I just visited Maasai Mara, one of the largest safaris in Africa. (special mention to Bayer for sending me to a business trip. Indeed, I’m truly grateful!)
While watching the movie, memories come rushing back to me from my whole safari experience like it just happened yesterday. Imagining how I roamed around riding a 4×4 vehicle watching wildlife freely — walking, running, eating and living harmoniously. Not to mention, the relaxing panoramic view of nature while breathing fresh air and listening to birds chirping. Relaxing isn’t it? Feel that chill, my friends. And I never thought I would feel the same way while watching the movie.
We also tried the 1 hour “safari walk”, an exciting but thrilling and nerve wracking one. It was clear as crystal how the group of hyenas stood near us, ready to attack anytime with their sharp teeth and terrifying eyes (“no more hyenas will be hungry” – Scar). But, thanks to our local tourist guide who knows well their behavior. Come to think of it, that life-and-death scene we had experienced also happened in the movie, where cubs, Simba and Nala went to hyenas’ gorge and luckily saved by Mufasa before they get into trouble. (Oops, Spoiler alert!)
Another one for the books is our overnight stay in safari. Under a cold dark night, only the moon and the trees’ lamps serve as our light while bonfire flame provides us warm. Frightened at the same time as we are hearing the resonances of hungry hyenas roaming around outside our tent (Kandili Camp). Could you imagine how spine-chilling that situation was?
Just like when Simba’s father died, it was the darkest point of his life and made him decide to run and having a thought of never returning back because of that deep shame/guilt he will feel once his family found out of what happened. He felt unworthy and ashamed and at this moment he met these meerkat and warthog duo, Timon and Pumbaa who gave him new light of hope and new beginnings. As their famous saying goes, “Hakuna Matata” meaning “No Worries”, helped him bring back his morale and inner self.
Oops! Too much for that, before I narrate the entire movie, kindly check out first the astonishing paradise of Africa!