Rafiki's Ancient Tree
Rafiki's Ancient Tree
Background Information
Feature films The Lion King
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 1½
Television programs Timon and Pumbaa
Video games Kingdom Hearts II
Park attractions
Other Information
Other names The Tree of Life
Location Pride Lands
Ruler(s) Rafiki
Inhabitants Rafiki
Visitors Timon, Pumbaa, Nefu, Nobi.
Final state Still standing

Rafiki's Ancient Tree, often called The Tree of Life, is home to Rafiki. The tree appears in all Lion King related media. The tree appears to be a large baobab tree. Rafiki is often seen performing various shamanistic tasks there. The trunk of the tree is shown to be covered in paintings, including depictions of SimbaKiara, and Kovu, all of which were drawn by Rafiki.


Rafiki's Ancient Tree is a tall and thick African baobab tree. Its leaves are always green, as it hasn't been affected at all during Scar's reign. It resides some distance from the Pride Lands and could've been Rafiki's place of origin.


The Lion KingEdit

Early in the first film, Rafiki is seen drawing a picture of Simba on the tree's trunk, though he smears it after hearing of Simba's death. Later on, while at the tree, he discovers Simba actually survived. He restores the picture of Simba on the trunk, adding a mane to show Simba's maturity.

The Lion King II: Simba's PrideEdit

In the second film, Rafiki is seen at his tree, conversing with Mufasa's spirit. While talking to Mufusa, he is seen completing pictures of both Kiara and Kovu, telling Mufasa how the two are growing up.

The Lion King 1½Edit

Rafiki appears in a small scene while hanging from his tree. The tree was not seen afterwards.


  • Rafiki's tree resembles a baobab tree, a kind of tree native to Africa, where the film takes place.
  • The Tree of Life is the centerpiece of Disney's Animal Kingdom.
  • In a deleted scene from The Lion King 1½Timon and Pumbaa, in Rafiki's tree, look at Rafiki's pictures of Simba's presentation and Simba's defeat over Scar. Disappointed that there's no pictures of them, Timon talks to the audience, telling them that no one knows their side of the story. Later, Timon draws a picture of himself with Pumbaa, to Rafiki's dismay, who finds them drawing on his tree.
  • The Tree of Life makes a cameo in the Timon & Pumbaa episode, "Beast of Eden."

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