The Lion King gets real in South Africa

by Brad Mielke. You know that moment in The Lion King, when you’re introduced to Africa for the first time?  When the sun, peeking out from the horizon, slowly ascends into the red sky, and everything sizzles a little? Turns out, it’s real. Groggily turning away from the skyline, I surveyed the other intrepid explorers in my minivan, which was at this moment racing east, toward the sunrise.  There they were: a bored driver from Johannesburg, two whispering Australians, a snoring German, and my American sister, who adjusted her Total Pillow – yes, as seen on TV – to get …