Nov 182013

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:

  • Antelope
  • Mandrill
  • Black Rhino
  • Cheetah
  • Crocodile
  • Elephant
  • Flamingo
  • Gazelle
  • Giraffe
  • Hippopotamus
  • Lion
  • Okapis
  • Ostrich
  • Warthog
  • White Rhino
  • Wildebeest

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.

  45 Responses to “Kilimanjaro Safari – Animal Kingdom”

  1. Very cool. You got to see two lions and they were awake. Yup. This was the ride that we waited close to an hour to get on. While the ride was great, that waiting, in the heat with Ryan who was feeling sick, was no fun.

  2. Jeesh, the last time I was at disney, the animal kingdom wasn’t even built yet. That’s how long it’s been. This ride sounds wonderful!

  3. Awesome ….lots of animal and kids will love it…we have similar attraction here in of the most famous ones is Taman Safari or Safari Park :D..I hope one day you can visit us here…

  4. Looks like a very cool excursion and love that your son’s teacher even gave him ‘homework’ by jotting down all the animals he saw on this trip!! 🙂

  5. My fav is the rhino

  6. When I was there with my husband and Emma for Disney SM Moms a couple years ago, I let them go here sans me when I was in the conference. I couldn’t miss the first Magic Kingdom reactions and I had to let them do something without me! But next time, I want to go here.

  7. We went on that a couple of times – maybe even 3 times? & one time made the last trip they did at night so it wasn’t even crowded. & one time we had to wait half way through the ride – like 15 min because some maybe White rhinos (can’t remember exactly) where blocking the road – lol

    That is cool that you wrote down all the animals as you went along 🙂

  8. SO AWESOME! This alone would be worth the trip to Disney 😀

  9. You got a lot of great pics! I like that ride too. Safari Animal Kingdom is awesome. 🙂

  10. Now this is a ride I could handle.. soooo what are the odds I could just do it all day and let Gene and the boys go everywhere else if we ever got to go??

  11. Agree! The safari may be our favorite. This brings back great memories. I need to go dig up my pictures.

  12. I love Animal Safaris! Lions are my absolute favorite but the Hippos are cute too!

  13. How cool! Giraffes are my favorite. And elephants, and lions…I guess I love them all! This looks like an awesome safari.

  14. They have a lot of animals on the list of things to see! Our zoo Henry Doorly Zoo has a safari branch, but not as many animals in it.

  15. The last time I was there I did this but I did it via that extended backstage type option. It was so incredibly cool. You should try that sometime if you can! It took about 3 hours.

  16. I would love to go on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride. You sure do make sure your boys have a great time when you go to Disney.

  17. Now this is my kind of ride! I love the habitats the animals are in, they look very lush and natural!

  18. I haven’t ridden this since I got a DSLR with telephoto lens. Geeking out with animal photos sounds like my kind of day! 😉

  19. I’d definitely want to see them personally too, haha! seems like a nice and exciting experience!

  20. That’s like a real life safari ride without the danger you would get in Africa! Too cool!

  21. I love this ride and the fact that it is like a safari. There are so many science connections that you can make with kids on a ride like this one. It is truly an educational experience.

  22. We loved this ride too! It was our first stop and then we Fast Passed it so we could do it again. The animals were so different each time we went on the ride it was like we were seeing it for the first time.

  23. That’s awesome. We went to the Phoenix zoo for the first time yesterday and it was too cool. Tons of animals that Rey hasn’t been able to see before because we always belonged to smaller zoos. This one had elephants and rhinos and more. It’s huge! Such a fun experience for the kids!

    Lanaya | xoxo

  24. I still remember going to the Animal Kingdom when I was 13. It had just opened and I loved it.

  25. They didn’t have that attraction when I was there last. It looks like a lot of fun and I would definitely go on this ride.

  26. It sounds like a great ride! I really want to take my girls to see wild animals. I think they would have a blast!

  27. During the past few years I have decided that hippos, elephants and giraffes are very odd looking. I admire them but yet odd. Is it politically incorrect to admit that? Glad you got to see this in a timely manner. Your little guys are so cute.

    Thanks for the nod on the ensemble and for liking the older post, too. I needed lipstick. hahahaha

  28. This would be my first stop of the day too,i think its much nicer to see the animals in as close to have some room outside like they would in the wild,i hate seeing beautiful creatures like this locked up in cages,thank you for sharing 🙂

  29. I love checking out places with animals!

  30. I think that this may be my favorite part of your trip you have shared so far. Love looking at these pictures of the animals

  31. When we go, we have to choose just a couple of places to visit. Sadly, the safari didnt make the cut. It looks very cool though!!

  32. I love that the animals are more open and free at disney than you sometimes see them – beautiful pictures. x

  33. Such a cool ride!! A zoo, on wheels if you will! My daughter would love this! We’ve been talking all morning about giraffes actually!

  34. Wow! That was the animal jackpot! It’s awesome that your 9yo could get some credit for school during the trip.

  35. My oldest son and I have been on this and want to take my husband and youngest to go. It was one of the best safari rides I have ever been on.

  36. These rides are my favorite. The last time we went on one through a park the woman in front of us started yelling, “Look at that cow.” It was a horse.

  37. I think this was actually our favorite ride as well. I got some awesome photos here too. You sure had a lot of fun! 🙂

  38. Very neat. I’d love to go there someday. I love animals!

  39. This looks like a great ride! Cool nail art too! 🙂

  40. I remember this ride from when they first opened when I was 12. I loved it!

  41. So far I’ve only been on one animal sightseeing ride. I still have to take my son on one. This looks like it would be a great option for both of us. Great photos. You got to see so many animals

  42. My kids loved this ride when we went to Animal Kingdom. Since my girl is only 3, it was something that the whole family could enjoy.

  43. Hippos! What a cool ride, I had no idea honestly that they had actual animals there.

  44. That is amazing! My son would enjoy something like this. By the way, I just love your glasses!

  45. I would LOVE this.