Khumba starts off the movie narrating in the desert before he is born. His sick weak mother then gives birth to him and the clan of zebras realizes with stripeless butt. They are all confused and start to laugh. The Zebra Clan is astonished and blame Khumba for the lack of rainfall. The other zebras do not let Khumba join their games and tease him. Khuma befriends a female zebra child Tombi who is also outcast and doesn't like the other female zebras and holds a crush on Khumba. A mantis draws a diagram in the sand which could be either interpreted as water or stripes past three mountain peaks for Khumba. The zebra clan had enclosed tangled walls of twigs to secure themselves. A couple Gemsboks asked him to let them in because they needed some water. Khumba had no rations but promised them his water supply and let them come in. He originally only thought the Gemsbok Elder but several came in. The zebras were disgraced that Khumba had allowed them to enter and the Gemsbok Elder gave up. The walls were no longer secure to the wild. Outside the fortress, a large leopard, Phango , was attacking the Gemsboks and attemted to come into the gates. Khumba tells this to his mother. His mother tells him she named him Khumba means skin and because of a story of original zebras who were plain white and went one went through the magical waters and grew stripes. The other zebras wanted to be like him and did the same. Khumba was destined to regain his stripes but his mother warned him not to. The next day his mother had died which no one alerted him about. His father blamed the lack of rain as the cause of his wife's death.
He left to go to gain his stripes. While traveling out in the open he met a very quirky, opportunistic African wild dog, Skalk . Skalk hid behind a rock when Khumba saw him and told Khumba he knew he was off to gain his stripes. He then offered him his own 100% natural formula in exchange for some water for him and his buddies. Khumba explained they're going through a drought which Skalk didn't mind. The 2 then met up with a quirky duo of a motherly wildebeestMama V , and an eccentric paranoid ostrich Bradley when skalk bumped into Mama V's butt. The African Wild Dogs sprang up ready to attack the zebra and the three when Skalk explained to them tthat he is the ticket to their water supply. Mama V and Bradley found out that Khumba is heading to a watering hole and agreed to assist him.
Soon after, Skalk leaves to his pack. Phango paws Skalk down and forces him to tell him where the zebra's going, so Skalk did. Mama V, Khumba, and Bradley had a bonfire at night. The three got stuck behind a tall wire fence. Then they encounter a herd of Springboks who were charging at them and helped them plow down the fence.
They end up at a random watering hole at Ying's Animal Sanctuary. Khumba walks in it and his stripes don't show up. A family of meerkats asked him nicely to get out of their drinking water. They also met an endangered Scottish speaking Riverine Rabbit . A female Fennec Fox gave Mama V a masage and Mama V stated they're safe from Phango here. Khumba was still determined to get going. The Meerkats said the camera crew comes every day but Khumba told them they had to head off. Then the camera crew came in safari carts which Khumba ran from until they caught him in one of the carts. Riverine Rabbit ran up a plateau and jumped on one of the windshields which crashed the cart freeing Khumba. The Meerkat Family begged them to stay but Mama V said they had to gop on. The rabbit told them to go to The Black Eagle .
While traveling up the mountain to The Black Eagle, Mama V couldn't get through the gap and let Bradley and Khumba go on. They encountered rock rabbits who worshipped The Black Eagle banging on rocks like drums chanting. Bradley tapped on some rocks and they picked him up, took him away, and flung him into branches so Khumba just moved on.The Black Eagle who is actually white attacked him agressively not used to visitors. Khumba told him he needed to know about Phango. The Eagle told Khumba the story of Phango that Phango was born with one blind eye and was abandoned. This only made him stronger and gave him a strong sense of smell. Phango them killed his clan in revenge. The Eagle told Khumba that he has to go through the Valley of Desolation, past The Abandoned Farm , and past the Valley of Salt to reach Phango's Cave.
The three met up again at an abandoned farm. An old, demented, psychotic sheep, Nora , wearing hear dead husband's skull and horns saw them through the barn window as intruders, busted out the door, and came charging at them. She is crazy laughing and talking loudly to herself. She flips Bradley up in the air with her head and he lands with his head in between a pitchfork. Nora pushes a thin machine towards them as Bradley gets his head out. Khumba traps her in the pen and Mama V latches the gate. Nora's husband's skull flies off. Mama V tears thinking of her child that Phango killed. Khumba goes off on his own and meets up with The Gemsbok Elder who tells him where to go. Outside the perimeter, Tombi and Seko were amazed to discover that Khumba is still alive and is heading towards Phango's cave. Discovering the map led to Phango's lair the dueteroginists fall out and decide Khumba should finish this solitarily. He is rescued by the Gemsbok elder.
Phango realizes Khumba's heading for his cave and returns there. Khumba's concerned friends: Mama V and Bradley, decide to turn back and warn Khumba. Riverine Rabbits tells all of the animals at the Animal Sanctuary to follow Khumba. They eventually meet up with the Zebra Clan who realize the other animals are following Khumba too and follow after the bunny. And the Gemsboks were following after the zebras.
During their epic underwater battle, Phango headlocked Khuma's body to a rock while a large chunk of rock splinters it and cracks the walls of the cave. A waterfall emerges and eventually a watering hole at the surface. The zebras, antelopes, and friends are gathered watching in suspense. Phango scratches his white butt. Khumba falls the the bottom of the ground when Khumba pushes the rock Phango was on to the ground and another one falls on him while all the rocks start to fall apart. Khumba falls and is presumed dead but awakens. He gains his actual full stripes.
Back at the herd, him and his friends from the National Park are all playing games and the other zebras now accept him for who he is.
Khumba is a very determined zebra. He can be very dicouraged and outcasted. He did whatever it took to fit in with the rest of the group. He was very generous by letting the Gemsboks into the fortress but most of his clan wasn't.
Khumba is a relatively small scrawny male zebra child. He has blue eyes and a black mane. Up until the end, he had only his top half black stripes which isolated him from the group.
Khumba is voiced by Jake T. Austin and has a very casual voice.
Tombi Khumba and Tombi are best friends. Tombi seems to hold a crush on Khumba. Tombi remains concerned about Khuma and apologizes to him for the clan's attitude towards him.
Mama V is a very motherly caring wildebeest towards both Khumba and Bradley despite bickering with Bradley constantly. Mama V encourages and believes in Khumba.
Bradley has befriended Khumba and adventured together.
Skalk quickly befriended Khumba in exchange for water. He agreed to assist Khumba to his final destination. He was although forced to turn on him due to a threat.
Riverine Rabbit and Bradley have casually met and he helped them out a little bit.
Phango has been trying to kill Khumba for a not fully implied reasoning. He did mentioned that he would make him complete. This could be because they're both outcasts and he needed to use him to reform himself.
Nora broke out of the barn on the farm for a psychological reason gone mad. Khumba led her into the pen while Mama V latched it up.