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Vuruga Vuruga
Vuruga Vuruga
Physical information



Cape buffalo

Eye color


Biographical information



Pride Lands


   Pride Landers
   Vuruga Vuruga's herd


Herd leader

Usually, the royals are always so stuffy at these things. But this, this is most impressive! Clearly, you understand what the Buffalo Wallow is all about.
―Vuruga Vuruga to Kiara[src]

Vuruga Vuruga is a female cape buffalo. She is the leader of a herd of cape buffalo in the Pride Lands.

When Simba and Nala entrust Kiara for the Royal Buffalo Wallow, Kiara is nearly stranded on an island due to severe weather, apparently destroying her outfit. However, when Kiara meets with Vuruga Vuruga, she only compliments the princess' outfit. Later, during the Savanah Summit, Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga device a plan to get vengeance on Mauu's previous actions. Their plan is soon recovered, and the two reform their feeling towards Makuu.



Vuruga Vuruga lived in the Pride Lands. At some point in her life, she became leader of her herd.

Royal Buffalo Wallow

Usually, the royals are always so stuffy at these things. But this, this is most impressive! Clearly, you understand what the Buffalo Wallow is all about.
―Vuruga Vuruga to Kiara[src]

One day, Simba and Nala task their eldest cub, Kiara with announcing the Royal Buffalo Wallow. After a run-in with floodwaters, Kiara arrives to the event covered in mud. Despite this, Vuruga Vuruga bows respectfully to her, and Kiara returns the greetings. Unexpectedly, Vuruga Vuruga praises Kiara's appearance, adding in an undertone that royals tend to be very stuffy at the Wallow. She adds that Kiara must understand what the event is all about.

Surprised at Vuruga Vuruga's praise, Kiara gives credit to her friends, Tiifu and Zuri, for always encouraging her to look her best. She then steps forward and announces the start of the Wallow. Vuruga Vuruga stands at Kiara's side and overlooks the event contentedly.

Savannah Summit

Yes. And we're supposed to treat him with respect?
―Vuruga Vuruga, referring to Makuu[src]

To prepare for the Pride Lands' dry season, Vuruga Vuruga is invited by Simba to the Savannah Summit. She and some other animal leaders gather at Pride Rock, and she witnesses Simba's announcement that he has invited Makuu, the untrustworthy crocodile leader, to the Summit as well.

Vuruga Vuruga and Twiga speak distrustfully about Makuu

Together, the party proceeds to Mizimu Grove. Along the way, Vuruga Vuruga and Twiga the giraffe speak resentfully about Makuu's past actions and how readily Simba is willing to forgive him. However, Zazu interrupts their talking, and the group continues, with Simba and Zazu singing "Everyone Is Welcome".

Later, while patrolling the Pride Lands for trouble, Mtoto overhears Twiga speaking about Makuu, and he informs the Lion Guard of what he has heard. Together, the team takes off to protect Twiga, but when they arrive on the scene, Makuu is nowhere to be found, only Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga. Mtoto clarifies that he had only heard Twiga speaking about Makuu. Twiga is quick to deny this assertion, and Vuruga Vuruga backs her up, with both acting suspiciously. The Lion Guard leaves, privately deducing that Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga are too afraid to tell the truth about Makuu because he had threatened them.

Vuruga Vuruga and Twiga, believing that Makuu lost his life after falling into their trap, own up and apologize

Later that day, Kion cleverly lies to the Summit that Makuu had fallen into a pit and lost his life in the struggle. A horrified Vuruga Vuruga and Twiga exclaim that they had never intended for Makuu to get hurt, only to fall into a pit of rotten fruit. Just then, Makuu reveals himself and announces to the gathered animals that he had come to the Summit with the intention of helping his float and the Pride Lands, but had only received distrust and hostility. Vuruga Vuruga and the other animals fear his wrath, but Makuu merely prompts Simba to let the Summit go on.

A Food Theif

Vuruga Vuruga is seen watching the Traveling Baboon Show. She is shocked when the baboons are the recent food theifs.

Elephant Stampede

And why should we listen to you, weird looking cheetah-lion thing that we've never seen before?
―Vuruga Vuruga, unknowingly to Fuli[src]

When Ma Tembo's herd starts a stampede in order to flee a horde of bees, the Lion Guard resolves to clear their path lest any animals get hurt. Ono flies high above the commotion, where he spots Vuruga Vuruga and her herd resting in the path of the stampede. Fuli volunteers to deal with the buffalo and manages to scare them off the path just in time for the elephants to thunder past.


But what if there's nothing left by the time we get our turn? I've never seen the water this low. What will we do when it runs out?
―Vuruga Vuruga, on Big Springs[src]

When a drought hits the Pride Lands, Vuruga Vuruga gets in an argument with Twiga's herd over Big Springs. Kion defuses the situation. Later, Vuruga Vuruga leads her herd to Dhahabu Grove, where they can access drinking water.

Battle of the Lion Guards

Vuruga Vuruga's herd is grazing with Mbeya's crash when Anga returns from the Tree of Life. Later, Vuruga Vuruga spectates the Battle of the Lion Guards at Mizimu Grove.

Physical appearance

Vuruga Vuruga is roughly the same size as the other cape buffalo in her herd, though she is more box-like in shape and has a scruffy hump on her back. Her pelt is light brown, while her underbelly carries undertones of brown and gray. Vuruga Vuruga has a dark muzzle and eye shades, and two giant, curved, gray horns on her head that are spattered with darker spots. Her eyes are a swampy green.

Personality and traits

Vuruga Vuruga is warm and friendly, with an inclination to be informal. She appreciates Kiara for not being a "stuffy" royal and praises her for coming prepared for the Royal Buffalo Wallow.


  • Vuruga Vuruga is voiced by Virginia Watson.[1]
  • Vuruga Vuruga's name means "mix, stir, muddle up" or "disarrange, disturb, agitate" in Swahili.[2]


  1. Virginia Watson. IMDb., Inc. Retrieved on October 7, 2020.
  2. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on October 7, 2020.