|Appearances||The Lion King|
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 1½
- "What this place lacks in water and shade makes up for in searing heat and blinding sunshine!! Home, sweet home, Pumbaa!"
- —Timon in the Gorge
The Gorge (also known as Wildebeest Valley) is a dry, barren canyon that frequently appears throughout the Lion King films. The gorge was the site of the wildebeest stampede that killed Mufasa and the logs that crushed and killed Nuka.
Wildebeest Valley is a dry, humid canyon found beyond the borders of the Pride Lands with cliffs off to the side. Less vegetation is known to be there due to its massive heat and dry, barren ground. Above one end of the gorge, a herd of wildebeests grazed.
- "Mufasa! Quick! Stampede! In the gorge. Simba's down there!"
- —Scar awaring Mufasa of the wildebeest stampede occuring in the gorge.
Wildebeest Valley is first seen in The Lion King when Scar takes Simba there with Mufasa and Zazu not too far away. Scar tells young Simba of a surprise Mufasa has for him to which Simba eagerly wants to know. But, Scar tells him to wait at a shady oasis so he can get Mufasa for him. To pass the time and keep Simba busy, Scar also tells him to work on his "little roar." On top of the gorge, Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed are near a herd of wildebeest awaiting for Scar's signal to release the herd into the gorge. Meanwhile, Simba practices his roar on a small lizard which scares it off, and notices a massive wildebeest stampede hurling towards him. The wildebeest stampede chases Simba deeper and deeper into the gorge while Zazu and Mufasa take notice of the wildebeest stampede, and Scar informs them that Simba is in the stampede. The two lions run towards the stampede and see Simba dangling on a dead tree limb and crying for help. Mufasa saves Simba in time and places him near a ledge, while Mufasa struggles to save himself.Simba watches in horror as his father is carried away by the stampede. Luckily, Mufasa jumps from the stampede onto a cliff and climbs up. On top of the cliff, Mufasa requests Scar's help, but Scar latches his paws onto his older brother's paws. When Scar releases his claws, it then sends Mufasa to die in the stampede. Watching the final moments of his father, Simba climbs down the cliff and searches for his father. Simba later finds his father's corpse and tries to wake him up until Scar informs Simba that he's dead and his death was his fault. Feeling guilt-ridden, Simba runs to the end of the gorge and notices the hyenas behind him waiting to kill him to where he escapes them at a thorny edge.
Wildebeest Valley appears in the film when Zira and the Outsiders plummet Simba down after ambushing him. The Outsider lionesses chase Simba towards a steep hill filled with logs. With no other way out, Simba climbs up the logs and Nuka, wanting to please his mother, goes after him. Nuka grabs Simba's leg, but loses his footing when Simba pushes a log on the log on him and falls, getting trapped under a large log. Simba clambers up the logs, knocking some onto Nuka, and trapping him inside the logs. Kovu attempts to dig him out, but Zira pushes him away and she removes the remaining logs, and is kind to Nuka for the first time in the movie before he dies. Zira takes her anger out on Kovu giving him a scar across his eye, and blames Nuka's death on him. Kovu runs away because of the accusation and Zira rallies her pride to declare war on Simba and the Pridelanders.
On top of Wildebeest Valley, Zira and the Outsiders battle Simba and the Pridelanders until Kovu and Kiara intervene and cease the fighting. After seeing Kiara's revelation of "we are one," Vitani and the Outsider lionesses abandon Zira and join Simba's side. Refusing to let go of her hate, Zira leaps for Simba, but is blocked by Kiara, and sends herself along with Kiara down a cliff with a rushing river below them. Kiara offers help to Zira, who is dangling off a cliff, aid, but Zira refuses which causes her to slip and fall into the river.
- "What this place lacks in water and shade makes up for searing heat and blinding sunshine!!"
- —Timon's description of the gorge.
The Gorge appears in the film when Timon and Pumbaa try to make the gorge their permanent residence despite its immense heat. However, they encounter a brief wildebeest stampede of their own which causes them to fall to the side of the gorge to where they fall near a waterfall.