"Do you see any other big, lovable chunk of warthog here?"
This article is about the character from the 1994 film.
You may be looking for the character from the 2019 film.

Physical information




Fur color

Brown and cream

Eye color


Biographical information
Also known as

Mom (by Nala)




Pride Lands


   Pride Landers
   Simba's pride

Relationship information

Unnamed mate
Nala (daughter)
Kion (grandson)
Kiara (granddaughter)
Simba (son-in-law)

Hmm, what do you think, Sarabi?

Sarafina is a female lion. She is the mother of Nala.



Sarafina lived in the Pride Lands as a member of Mufasa's pride. At some point, she met a male lion, with whom she had a daughter: Nala. When Nala was young, Sarafina came to an agreement with Mufasa and his mate, Sarabi, that her daughter would be betrothed to their son, Simba, and thus someday become the queen of Pride Rock.

The Lion King

Sarafina bathes her daughter, Nala

When Simba is a cub, he awakens his parents in the royal den at Pride Rock, where Sarafina is sleeping with her daughter, Nala, in her paws. Later, Sarafina gives Nala a bath. When Nala asks to accompany Simba to the water hole, Sarafina asks Sarabi her opinion, and Sarabi relents. The following day, after Mufasa's death, Sarafina witnesses the coronation of Scar and mourns the death of Mufasa and Simba. Throughout the eulogy, Nala nuzzles her mother's leg and cries.

The Lion King: Six New Adventures

Nala's Dare

Don't leave Pride Rock. There are hyenas all over the Pride Lands now...
―Sarafina to Nala[src]

Sarafina allows her daughter, Nala, to leave the protection of the lionesses in order to visit her friends, Chumvi and Kula. Right before Nala tries to talk to an outsider named Ni, Sarafina and a few other Pride Landers scare him off with loud roars. Afterward, Sarafina herds the three cubs back to Pride Rock. She and Ni later save Nala from five hyenas.

Simba's Big Secret

When Nala goes missing, Sarafina asks Simba where she is. Not wanting to give away his friend's secret, Simba lies, and Sarafina continues to worry over her daughter. Eventually, after some coaxing from his mother, Simba admits that Nala is in a secret cave near the red cliffs, and the pride goes to rescue her. Once Nala is freed from the rock slide that had trapped her in the cave, she rushes to her mother and promises to never again wander off on her own without telling someone.

Hakuna Matata

Hunt for Help

Sarafina appears in a flashback, watching over Nala as she gets a drink of water from the water hole.

Personality and traits

Though Sarafina's personality is not explored in the film, she is an important character in an inspired book series, which reveals her to be a protective mother with a good amount of sense and resourcefulness. She can be pretty easygoing with her daughter when times are good, but when danger runs rampant, Sarafina is sure to be guiding Nala to safety. Sarafina is confident in keeping Nala safe, even if the rambunctious cub's antics get in the way.


  • Sarafina is voiced by Zoe Leader.[1]
  • During production of the original film, Sarafina had a son named Mheetu.[2]
  • In the stage musical, Sarafina ate Banzai's father.[3]
  • Originally, Sarafina had more lines in the film, such as, "Nala, you just had a bath!"[4]
  • A lioness who strongly resembles Sarafina appears as a member of Simba's pride in "The Ukumbusho Tradition".[5]


  1. Zoe Leader. IMDb., Inc. Retrieved on September 27, 2020.
  2. MoarMheetu
  3. Revealed in "Chow Down"
  4. Sarafinaconceptlines
  5. Revealed in "The Ukumbusho Tradition" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 10, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 27, 2017.

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