This Stunning Drone Footage of South Africa Looks Like a Real Life Lion King

For the past couple of years, mediocre drone videos of dramatic landscapes have littered the internet. Like, we get it, drone pilots. Your camera flies and stuff looks pretty from the sky and the whole conceit is pretty trite at this point. And then I saw these four minutes of magic, filmed in South Africa.

The footage of the African savanna and all the beautiful creatures that live there should be in the new live-action Lion King movie. Disney movies are supposed to make you feel things, and despite a decade slumbering in cynical despair, my cold black heart swelled when I watched this video. Filmed on location by Roth Rind with a DJI Mavic Pro, the tour of South Africa takes you from precarious cliff sides to the majestic Kruger National Park, one of the world’s largest game reserves.

So even if you’ve grown wearing of pretty drone videos, watch this one. You might feel something, too.


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It always throws me off how green and mountainous Africa can be.

This video made me think of “He Lives In You”, the theme song to the worst Lion King movie ever; Simba’s Pride. But... there’s an amazing cover of this song by Japanese female troupe Takarazuka. They make the song sound so good it belongs in a much better movie. And it really works for the above video: