One of the things our family enjoys doing when we’re at the Animal Kingdom is going on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride. It’s a glimpse at real animals in their natural habitats during an 18-minute expedition into the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. It’s REALLY cool.
Because the wait for this ride can get really long, we almost always make this our first stop of the day.
During the ride, you traipse along a twisting path amid a lush garden gateway and make your way to the rendezvous point of Kilimanjaro Safaris expedition, the touring company for your adventure into the wilds. Featuring picturesque open plains, shady forest landscapes and rocky wetlands, the 110-acre Harambe Wildlife Reserve is a spectacular sanctuary dedicated to the protection of African animals.
When you go on this ride, you start by climbing aboard an open-air safari vehicle and hang on tight as you take off on a guided tour into the African outback—where over 34 different species of exotic African wildlife seemingly roam free. As your bumpy transport makes its way through rugged terrain, glimpse an array of exotic animals in a variety of unique habitats, your helpful guide providing you with valuable information during the journey.
Some animals you may encounter during the tour include:
- Black Rhino
- White Rhino
Here are some of the animals and scenery that we saw on our journey:
I gave both of the boys teachers advance notice that we were going on vacation, so before he left school the Friday before, my nine year old’s teacher asked him to make a list of all the animals he saw while he was away. To make life easier, I just kept a running list on my phone until we got home and he could copy it onto paper. We hit the animal jackpot while we were on this ride and here I am jotting down the animals we saw on our way.
If you love animals, I highly recommend taking in this ride if you find yourself at the Animal Kingdom. It’s awesome.