Follow in Adamsons footsteps and visit the actual places where the Adamsons had lived and where much of the movie Born Free was filmed. Meru was made famous by conservationists George and Joy Adamson and the film based on her book “Born Free“, a true story of the release of Elsa the lioness, the story of a lion cub in transition between the captivity in which she is raised and the fearsome wild to which she is returned captures the abilities of both humans and animals to cross the seemingly unbridgeable gap between their radically different worlds. Adamson’s remarkable tale is an idyll, and a model, to return to again and again. Far from the reality she actually faced in Meru.
50 years ago the filming started in Meru and Andrew Harper actually thinks that the modern safari business was invented by Virginia McKenna, whose straw-blond hair seemed to contain the essence of the sun-bleached savanna. Like millions of others, in the darkness of the movie theater I was transfixed by the romance of the Adamsons’ story and by the scale and grandeur of the East African landscape.
Merus landscape remains and many places remains and some has been rebuilt. Kampi Ya Simba, where the famous reunion between Christian the lion and his former owners happened, which has been seen more than 100 million times on youtube. Christian was last seen in Meru and Kampi Ya Simba is once again prepared to release more lions to the wild. Only KWS bureacracy is stopping this process now.
So no walk with lions are currently available now as it was during the Adamson’s time here, but the historical places remains.
Just click on below links for more information on some of the famous Meruans.
Christian the lion Ace Bourke and John Rendall were young Australians in London when they bought a young lion from Harrods department store in 1969. When Christian was a year old and growing larger, they realized a lion could never be happy in London and got in touch with George Adamson. Christian was transferred to Kampi Ya Simba in Kora. There he became the head of a lion pride in the wild.
In 1972 Ace and John decided they wanted to visit this site and see if they could locate their old friend. They traveled to Kenya, and a photographer was present when they found their former companion. It is an inspiring if terrifying moment. The film shows the lion cautiously approach his two old friends, seen more than 100 million times. The pride with female companions, Mona and Lisa, who were not tame at all and their cubs, one of whom, Supercub, welcomed the two men as well and was last seen in Meru, on the other side of Tana River.
Tony Fitzjohn- was hired by the conservationist George Adamson to replace his assistant, killed by a lion, to rehabilitate orphaned and rescued lions and reintroduced them into the wild. One of them was Christian.
For copyright reasons Born Free and the latest story of Mugie are usually not available for long time on channels like youtube. Search and you might find them. This is the latest lion Mugies story.
This is a collection of real stories from Meru.
“Fun” (or sad) observation is that Walking with lions had few views but since it changed name to this more porno-friendly searchable title more than 100 000 have seen it recently..