THIS YEAR marks the 50th anniversary of the film adaption of Joy Adamson’s autobiographical book Born Free.

In the film, award-winning actress and founder of the Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna and her late husband, Bill Travers, play Joy and her husband, George. The film follows the endearing story of how Joy and George Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, to adulthood and released her into the wilderness of Kenya where she successfully made the transition back in to the wild.

Viewers hearing the call of the Kenyan wilds can book a seat on Acacia Africa’s 18-day Mountain Gorillas to the Mara, a camping overland tour including games drives in the Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve. The Africa specialist is offering a 15 per cent discount on the 10 December departure. (SAVE £198pp) From £1,127pp (no single supplement) plus Adventure Pass from £500pp plus gorilla/chimp trek permit from £460pp. The price includes camping accommodation, transport, most meals and services of a tour guide/driver, but excludes return flight. Book before 31 October.

Acacia Africa, 020 7706 4700 or website