Physical Attributes




Skin color

Brown, red, and tan

Eye color


Distinguishing features

Giant black, gray, and tan shell

Biographical Information
Name meaning

Ancient, very old[1]




Pride Lands


Pride Landers


Wisest animal in the Pride Lands
Oldest animal in the Pride Lands

Familial Information

Unnamed mother

I have seen many things, young Mjuzi, because I stop and observe. That's probably the best way to see a lot of things.
―Kongwe to Makini

Kongwe is an elderly female tortoise.


The Lion Guard

"The Wisdom of Kongwe"

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Fuli and Makini locate Kongwe at Urembo Rivers

Fuli and Makini travel to Urembo River, searching for Kongwe. While searching for her, Fuli accidentally steps on Kongwe's shell, alerting the tortoise to their presence. The two realize that they have found Kongwe, and Makini informs her that Simba desires her presence at Pride Rock. Kongwe attempts to offer words of wisdom to the two, but only Makini is receptive to the tortoise's advice.

Fuli attempts to hurry along Kongwe, who makes frequent stops to observe her surroundings. Fuli attempts to explain her lifestyle to Kongwe by singing "The Faster I Go", but the plan backfires when Kongwe withdraws into her shell to ponder Fuli's words. Fuli grows impatient with Kongwe and attempts to move the tortoise herself.

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Kongwe explains the importance of taking time to enjoy the small things

However, when she and Makini push on Kongwe's shell, the tortoise topples down the side of a shallow ravine. With no choice but to lead Kongwe through the ravine, Fuli and Makini join her on lower ground and begin to guide her back toward Pride Rock.

Along the way, Kongwe marvels at a dead tree, which is clinging weakly to the side of the ravine. As she watches, the tree's roots spring free of the dirt, and the tree topples to the ground. To Fuli's relief, Kongwe is unharmed. However, Fuli realizes that they cannot move Kongwe around the tree and so leads the team through the Back Lands in order to reach the Pride Lands once more.

Once in the Back Lands, the three are confronted by Makucha the leopard, who expresses interest in eating Kongwe. Fuli jumps to the tortoise's defense, and Makucha backs off, though he warns Fuli that they are in his territory.

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Kongwe advises Fuli to observe her surroundings

Fuli and Makini continue guiding Kongwe through the Back Lands. Suddenly, Makucha jumps out of the underbrush, and Fuli gives chase. However, Makucha skillfully evades her and climbs into a tree. Fuli attempts to follow him into the branches, but gets her claws stuck in the tree trunk. Makucha takes advantage of her prone position to attack Kongwe, but Fuli wrenches herself free just in time and fends him off.

After the attack, Kongwe advises Fuli to observe Makucha in order to defeat him. At first, Fuli is adamant that she has already observed Makucha, but then she realizes that Makucha always zigzags in order to outpace Fuli. With this new wisdom, Fuli resolves to take him on once more.

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Kongwe assures Simba that good always triumphs over evil

Fuli approaches Makucha and challenges him to another fight. This time, Fuli anticipates Makucha's zigzagging strategy and manages to catch up to him and pin him down. She orders him away from Kongwe, to which he begrudgingly backs off and leaves. Kongwe watches in amazement, as she had not expected a cheetah to listen to a tortoise.

At sunset, Fuli, Makini, and Kongwe converge with the rest of the Lion Guard. Together, they go to Pride Rock, where Kongwe advises Simba and Kion to be patient in how they should defeat Scar. Kongwe then assures Simba and the Lion Guard that good always triumphs over evil in the end.

Personality and traits

Being very old and wise, Kongwe is a creature of philosophy. She takes her time in doing things, and is overall a calm and friendly creature. She often speaks in riddles, but will usually be clear as to what she means.

Voice actors


  • Kongwe was incorrectly stated to be a turtle in an announcement.[2]


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