The Pride Lands
The old leader is banished
The mashindano is a physical challenge. It's how the crocodiles determine their leader.
When a crocodile grows old or is deemed unfit to be leader, another crocodile may challenge him to a physical fight. Whoever gives up first - by tapping out - is banished from the float, while the winner takes control of the remaining crocodiles. It traditionally takes place near Lake Matope at sunset.
It is assumed that the mashindano is a tradition among the crocodiles of the Pride Lands.
When Makuu attempts to become leader, he challenges the old leader, Pua, to a mashindano. The two brawl until Makuu pins Pua down, and the old crocodile taps out, giving up. Simba then comes forward, congratulating Makuu, and thanks Pua for his service. Makuu, on the other hand, taunts Pua as he is exiled from the float. Kion watches all of this with worry, wondering if Makuu's appointment is bad news for the Pride Lands.
- "Mashindano" means "competition" in Swahili.