A Safari in Africa to see the Big 5 is probably on most everyone’s wish list – nothing beats seeing the animals in their own habitat. But not everyone can make it there or even afford it till the kids are much older and college tuitions have been accounted for. We love taking taking the kids to the city zoos where the animals are cared for well and the establishments are involved in conservation efforts like our Dallas Zoo or the San Diego zoo. We also love visiting Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, near Dallas Fort Worth area – where the animals roam freely while you drive through in your car. Another animal encounter we love is the The African Safari Tour or the Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It has been designed and detailed to accurately give visitors a strong sense of being on a Safari in Africa. On a recent trip to Orlando we visited both Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. The Safari Tour is one of our favorite tour in the park and the reason Disney’s Animal Kingdom is our favorite park. We are not big fans of theme park or rides but think the new Pandora – World of Avatar and the rides there are pretty spectacular.
If you have been dreaming about seeing the animals in the wild, the Safari tour does a great job of emulating that experience. The Kilimanjaro Safari Tour is located just on the outskirts of the Harambe Village. This African-like village offers visitors food and refreshments and you can see the only live baobab tree in the park – look for it just outside the Tusker House restaurant. Harambe Village is patterned after the Kenyan coastal town, Lamu. Once you make it up the line (make sure you get your Fastpass, the tour is pretty popular) you climb aboard a modified GM truck for a drive through picturesque open plains, shady forest landscapes and rocky wetlands of the 110-acre Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Through clever design and landscaping, it seems as though there is nothing between you and the lions, or the elephants, rhinos, hippos and all the other amazing creatures.
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Here are 20 Photos why we love the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Safari tour.
Before you know it you are transported to Harambe from Orlando, Florida
Have you seen the Wildebeest migration?
A fake baobab tree but the birds don’t know it
If the 20 minute safari ride didn’t satisfy you appetite for a safari, you can also look into these additional tours.
Backstage Safari Tour
If you really love to see animals and how they are cared for, then look into Disney’s special Backstage Safari Tour. This tour shows what goes on behind the scenes at Animal Kingdom and how the animals are nurtured
Wild By Design Tour
Wild by Design tour is another behind the curtain type of tour where participants will see just how the creative team of Disney transformed the Florida landscape into one of the most popular animal destinations in North America.
Wild Africa Trek
This VIP safari takes visitors across the open savanna with close encounters of the exotic wildlife. The tours last about 3 hours and are only available through special arrangements.
Other favorites in Animal Kingdom
Kids will like the other attraction in the park like the Expedition Everest, It’s Tough to Be a Bug, Finding Nemo: The Musical, Dinosaur, Kali River Rapids, and Festival of the Lion King.
We are planning a African Safari for this summer in Kenya and Tanzania and hope to see some of these animals in the wild there. Have you been on a Safari?
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