I’m not sure I can put into words just how awesome the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is. There’s not a single adjective that could do the adventure justice. Is it pricey? Yes. But it’s worth every penny for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of getting up close to exotic wildlife, typically only found in the African savanna.
Here’s a peek at what you can expect on the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The 3-hour guided safari tour starts at the Harambe Village, where you get fitted for a harness, vest (complete with water bottle) and earpiece to use throughout your adventure. All personal belongings are left behind in lockers for the duration of the trek (though I was able to take my cellphone with a provided strap). Once suited up, you begin your journey— led by two guides — walking through behind-the-scenes areas of the Animal Kingdom, which includes a bushwalk with winding pathways through dense fern, bamboo and vine forests.
The hike is just enough to get your blood pumping— but the reward is worth it! The first stop on the safari is at a riverbank, where your harness is clipped to a safety line, allowing you to look down at a family of hippos just 10-feet below.
Trekking a little further into the Pangani Forest will lead you to two rope bridges.
Once again, you’re attached to a safety line before you cross — as you look down, there’s a pack of fierce crocodiles.
While on the ground again, your guides take you a little closer to those hungry crocs. Here’s a look at how the tether system works.
And off you go again for another hike, until you board a custom open-air vehicle for a guided tour of the Harambe Wildlife Reserve.
This is where the animals really come out. The safari truck is similar to the ones on Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition ride (minus rows of seats), but the route is not the same. The driver gets you much closer to the animals and the guides let you stand up and walk around the vehicle, once stopped, for photo opps.
Giraffes, elephants and zebras are just a few of the animals you’ll see on the safari.
After the guided tour, everyone stops for an African-inspired snack at the “Boma” (private safari station).
Different food items are served in the morning and afternoon. My mid-day trek included two camp tins with bresoala and prosciutto, fruit salad, curried chicken salad, salmon roll, sun-dried tomato hummus & tandoori and barbecued shrimp. The snack was served with passion-orange-guava juice. Everything was delicious!!
After the break, which includes more photo opps, you get back into the safari truck and head back to camp.
Wild Africa Trek is scenic from beginning to end.
At the end of the adventure, each trekker gets to choose an animal in which Disney will make a contribution on your behalf.
The whole experience was up there as one of the best I’ve ever had at Disney. Outside of visiting Africa, this is absolutely the closest I will ever come to this type of wildlife. The trek was both fun and educational, and I left with a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation. At first glance, the price tag for each participant may seem high, but when you break down everything that’s included and the length of the tour, it’s worth the splurge.
Wild Africa Trek Information & Cost
- Each participant must be 8 years or older.
- Tour groups are kept small, consisting of no more than 12 trekkers per safari.
- The Wild Africa Trek is three hours long.
- Pricing varies seasonally, starting at $189 per person.
- Theme park admission is not included in the price of the Wild Africa Trek.
- An African-inspired food tasting is INCLUDED with the tour cost, and arrangements can be made in advance for trekkers with food allergies.
- A Disney photographer captures your experiences during the entire trek; the photos are INCLUDED in the price of the tour. All photos of your group can be accessed online for download within 24-48 hours. The photos in this post are examples of what you will receive.
- A donation will be made on your behalf to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.
- Closed toe shoes are required and I would suggest longer shorts or pants. Yoga pants or capris for women are a good choice.
Special thanks to Walt Disney World for providing this experience. All opinions are my own.