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Kilimanjaro Safaris


Kilimanjaro Safaris in Africa at Animal Kingdom is our favorite attraction at Animal Kingdom, and one of our three favorites at Walt Disney World. We like it not because it is a thrill ride, which it is not, but because it is a very realistic replication of a true African safari. It is, of course, done Disney style, with humor and flair. You begin by winding through the line, which is covered and has some things to view along the way. Take note of the types of animals you are likely to see. Once you make it to the boarding station, you board a safari truck. The trucks have bench seats, each of which holds three to four adults. Your driver is your tour guide. Hanging from the roof of the truck are signs that help you identify the types of animals you will see. The tour winds through what seems to be a real African savannah, with waterholes, small hills, lots of foliage, and some large open areas. You are very likely to see elephants, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, lions, rhinos, hippos, and much, much more. There is a theme here, but it is definitely secondary to the viewing. You are searching for a mother and baby elephant. Poachers interfere, and limited chaos follows. The ride itself is a little bumpy, but not fast or too rough. But enjoy the bridge! One of the best things about Kilimanjaro Safaris is that you will have a different experience each time you ride it. That is the uniqueness of an attraction dealing with real animals. We believe the best time to ride is right after the park opens, because that is when the animals are most likely to be out (before the heat of the day). We are not the only ones who believe that though, so there is something of a fast walking contest when the park opens. No matter what time you can go, don't miss Kilimanjaro Safaris. This is Disney at its finest. At the exit you will find a small gift shop with African, safari, and Kilimanjaro Safaris merchandise.