Are you looking for a wild ride? Look no further than Kilimanjaro Safaris that will take you on an expedition through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Check out Video: Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom a Disney World Review to see if you want to plan time for this adventure on your next visit!

Location

Kilimanjaro Safaris is located in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom. After entering Animal Kingdom, head straight through The Oasis Exhibits and over the bridge (have your picture taken with a Disney PhotoPass Photographer). Take a left at Island Mercantile. You will pass Pizzafari on your left and Terra Treats on your right. You will walk over another bridge which takes you into Africa. Keep straight through Africa and you will come to Kilimanjaro Safaris.

The Queue

Kilimanjaro Safaris has a winding queue that is entirely covered. This is great if it begins to rain and also gets you out of the hot Florida sun for a bit. There are fans strategically placed that give you a little bit of relief.

You will notice televisions placed along the queue. They show information on some of the animals you will see on your expedition. This is a great way to learn more about these beautiful animals on busier days when the lines don’t move as quickly.

Your Safari Truck

Once you are at the loading area, you will be placed into lines to wait a few more minutes to board your Kilimanjaro-Safaris-Animal-Kingdom-Disney-Worldexpedition vehicle. You will board an open-air safari truck and begin your adventure. Make sure to pay attention to the animal index attached to the ceiling of the truck. All of the animals you can see on the safari are pictured here including their names.

The Safari

After you are on board, you take off on a guided tour of the African outback! Hang on because it’s a winding, bumpy ride! Your expedition will take you on a twenty minute ride through the savannah, streams, woodlands and rocky hills.

Your guide will help you keep an eye out for any animals along the way so make sure to pay attention. S/he will also give you great information about the land and its inhabitants.

The Animals

Disney-World-Animal-Kingdom-Kilimanjaro-SafarisThere are many animals for you to view while on your tour. You might spot a hippopotamus underneath the water of a small pond or a majestic lion lounging on a rock. Also watch for a giraffe feeding on a tall tree.

Other animals you may encounter are:

  • Antelope
  • Baboon
  • Black Rhino
  • Cheetah
  • Elephant
  • Flamingo
  • Gazelle
  • Hyenas
  • Okapis
  • Ostrich
  • Warthog
  • White Rhino
  • Wildebeest
  • Wild Dogs
  • Zebra

Nighttime Encounters

Kilimanjaro-Safaris-Disney-World-Animal-KingdomBeginning in mid-2016, you are able to experience Kilimanjaro Safaris at nighttime. In this new excursion, some of the animals are more active at night. Lighting is strategically placed to imitate the light from the setting sun and the rising moon! The nighttime safari is definitely something you don’t want to miss. If you have been on this ride numerous times during the day, this is a great opportunity to see new animals that were likely sleeping on your past trips.

Wild Africa Trek

If wildlife is your thing, but you can’t manage a trip to Africa for an authentic safari, you can upgrade your experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Wild Africa Trek is a behind the scenes, 3 hour tour of Kilimanjaro Safaris. You will walk a path in the grasslands, cross a rope bridge over the crocodiles and ride a safari truck through the savannah. After working up an appetite during your adventure, you will be able to satisfy your grumbling tummy with African-inspired snacks.

The Wild Africa Trek is a privately priced tour that also requires a separate admission ticket to Animal Kingdom. Included in the price is a knowledgeable tour guide, photo services and a morning or afternoon snack according to your tour time. Find out all you need to know about the Wild Africa Trek HERE!

Tips

  • FastPass+ is offered for Kilimanjaro Safaris and is recommended. The wait time will grow as the day goes on.Animal-Kingdom-Kilimanjaro-Safaris
  • Children under 7 years old must be accompanied by someone 14 years or older.
  • The animals are often most active first thing in the mornings or later in the afternoon.
  • If you have back or neck problems or are pregnant, you should probably skip Kilimanjaro Safaris. There are many bumps along the ride.
  • If you have a small child, you should place the child in between adults or older children. The bumps on this ride can really jostle the little ones.
  • Always have your camera ready. There are many times the truck isn’t able to stop but just for a second, or not at all, to let you get that perfect picture of an animal. So always be ready!
  • Since you can’t fully control animals, each time you ride Kilimanjaro Safaris is a different experience.

Height Requirement

There is not a height requirement for Kilimanjaro Safaris. No matter what age, or height, everyone in your party will be able to enjoy this attraction.

Accessibility & Other Information

If you are using an ECV, you must transfer to a wheel chair for Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Assistive Listening and Language Translation Devices are available upon request.

If you have a service animal, you should check with the Cast Member at Kilimanjaro Safaris for information on boarding.

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