Many children dream of climbing on Pride Rock in the Disney-created land of Simba and Nala, but those on an IE custom Tanzania safari can get as close to that dream as possible.

At Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania, the game drive will offer sightings of lions, the king of the big cats. One of Africa's Big Five, the lion used to be widespread across the African continent, but now is confined to the sub-Saharan region.

In fact, they used to be found from Greece, through the Middle East and into India. Today, a small population remains in India but the majority resides in Africa. Lake Manyara National Park has multiple prides of lions, but visitors should also look to the trees for the cats, as they climb, too.

Lions are the only cats that live in prides, or groups, MaPrides are family units that generally consist of up to three males, a dozen females and their young. All of the pride's lionesses are related, and they generally stay with their group as they age, while their male young will leave to establish their own pride once they grow up.

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