I accept your challenge, Makuu. In accordance to tradition, the Mashindano will take place near Lake Matope at sunset.

Pua, The Rise of Makuu

Lake Matope is a large body of water in the Pride Lands. It is the home of many of the Pride Lands' crocodiles. It is also where Mashindano and Tamasha take place.


The area is a large, muddy lake with an acacia tree looming over. Several rocks are nearby on the outskirts of the water.


The Rise of Makuu

Mashindano (95)

Lake Matope

Pua reveals that in accordance with age-old Pride Lands customs, Lake Matope is the site of the traditional mashindano which takes place among the crocodiles.

Later, many Pride Landers turn up to see the battle against Pua and Makuu. Ultimately, Makuu succeeds in defeating Pua, who leaves the crocodile float. Makuu is then seen boasting about his new position as he leads his fleet into the lake, leaving Kion concerned for the Pride Lands' future.

The Kupatana Celebration

The Lion Guard saves Mbeya, who is stuck in the mud near Lake Matope.

The Imaginary Okapi

As Beshte gives Ajabu a tour of the Pride Lands, he points out Lake Matope, where hippos are lounging in the water.

Ono the Tickbird

Ono-the-tickbird (495)

The sparring rhinos at Lake Matope

After losing his tickbird, Mwenzi, Kifaru explains to the Lion Guard how he was only trying to reach Tamasha, an event which takes place near Lake Matope, where rhinos spar in the mud. The Lion Guard eventually task Ono with guiding him there while they go looking for Mwenzi.

But before he reaches the lake, Mwenzi returns and sees Ono being pally with Kifaru. This upsets the tickbird and he leaves, causing Ono to go after him. The Lion Guard guide Kifaru to the lake, but Ono returns with news of Mwenzi in trouble. After they rescue Mwenzi, the group all return to Lake Matope to enjoy Tamasha.

Let Sleeping Crocs Lie

Let-sleeping-crocs-lie (254)

The next Mashindano

When Makuu's float are accidentally awoken during the Dry Season by Ono, Simba offers them a small watering hole to use. With Kiburi unsatisfied with the conditions of compromising, he calls for a Mashindano against Makuu. Many Pride Landers attend the event, including Simba's Pride. In the middle of the fight, Ono notices some of the crocodiles leaving the mashindano, and informs the rest of the Guard that Kiburi's minions are after Simba. But the attempt is quickly thwarted and Makuu wins the duel. Having heard what has transpired, Makuu tells the king he had no knowledge of the plot and watches Kiburi and his followers get banished from the Pride Lands by an outraged Simba.

Cave of Secrets

A painting of Lake Matope can be seen durng the "Wisdom on the Walls."



Pride Lands
Aardvark DensBig Baboon TreeBig RavineBig SpringsChakula PlainsChekundu CliffsEmbamba CanyonFlat Ridge RockFlood PlainsGnu PlainGrove of TreesHakuna Matata FallsHippo SpringsKilio ValleyLake KiziwaLaini's TreeLake MatopeMaji Baridi FallsMapango CliffsMapema RockMbali FieldsMekundu CliffsMizimu GroveMud PotsNandembo CavernsNdefu GroveNyani GroveOno's NestPride RockRafiki's TreeRocky PlainsRocky RidgeGiraffe Watering HoleKulinda's NestSwampThe Chamber of the Lion GuardThe Lair of the Lion GuardThe Shelter of the Lion GuardUkuni WoodsUrembo MeadowsUtamu TreeWatering Hole
Broken RockOutlands VolcanoJasiri's Watering HoleReirei's CaveRocky PlateauTermite MoundsZira's Den
Back Lands
Badili's TreeDhahabu GroveDhahabu's Watering HoleMirihi Forest
Other Locations
Misty FallsRed RocksSokwe's CaveSummer SpringsTheluji MountainsTree of Life