Lake Matope is an enormous lake ringed by sandy banks, rocks, and vegetation.
Lake Matope is first mentioned by Pua, who proclaims to his float that a mashindano is traditionally executed near Lake Matope at sunset. Under Pua's direction, Makuu and Pua have their mashindano on the banks of Lake Matope, where Makuu pulls a victory over the aged Pua. After Simba comes forward to recognize the new leader of the crocodiles, he thanks Pua for his service, and the aged crocodile strides away into Lake Matope. Makuu then leads his float into the lake, gloating about his victory.
Lake Matope is seen during the musical sequence "Life in the Pride Lands".
- "Matope" means "mud" in Swahili.