Going on Safari, Disney Style

Going on Safari, Disney Style

I would love to go on a real African safari someday. Until that happens, though, the next best thing is the Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It was hands down my favorite thing in Animal Kingdom (although Kali River Rapids was a very close second).

The queuing area is decorated like an African wildlife reserve, and if you pay close attention, you may see some news items about poachers in the area who are targeting elephants. When you board your safari vehicle, you set off to explore the 110 acre reserve more fully. Your driver will act as a tour guide on the ride, pointing out various types of landscapes and the animals who call them home.

The landscape included some baobab trees, also called upside down trees because it looks like the roots are on the top.  I love this shot I got with the sun right behind one.


There are over 30 different species of animals there, from A (antelope) to Z (zebra). Because of the way the animals move around on the reserve, you will probably see something different each time you go on this safari. When we went, we got a fairly up-close look at a black rhino:


And we saw a giraffe as well:


Plus a wildebeest or three:


On the other hand, the big cats (cheetah and lion) were either absent or fully committed to lying in a shady spot and not entertaining the tourists. Spoil sports.

The ride lasts close to 20 minutes, and you’ll be sitting the whole time. I highly recommend going on the safari when you visit Animal Kingdom. It’s appropriate for any age, and Fast Pass + is offered.

The Kilimanjaro Safari Ride is in the Animal Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World, located at 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830. Telephone 407- 939-5277. Park hours vary by day and season; check before planning your visit.

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