Kilimanjaro Safaris: Safari in the Animal Kingdom

Located in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, O Kilimanjaro Safaris drags dozens of people who visit the park daily.

It is a guided walk through an African savannah, where animals live free scattered throughout the immense place.

The attraction opened in 1998 and has been operating ever since. There are more than 800 km² filled with animal and vegetable nature across the land.

In this way, it works like a photographic safari, in which you have contact, even if from a distance, with the animals that live there.

The place, called the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, is home to more than 34 species. There are 110 acres of land and landscapes beyond stunning.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom.
A piece of the Kilimanjaro Safaris route. The used car and the giraffes very close. Photo: Disclosure / Disney

Recently, the adventure could also be carried out in the evening, after sunset, when you can see the animals' behavior without being in the morning light. Isn't it amazing?

So, come and find out more!

The Kilimanjaro Safaris Tour

The vehicle you are going to ride will have an experienced guide, who will talk a little about the wildlife, as well as showing his knowledge of the animals that live there.

The car is open on the sides, which makes it possible to have a very wide view of the animals. About 30 people will be able to go in the “small truck” at a time.

The journey lasts, on average, 18 to 22 minutes.

Even so, the whole adventure is done on a slow route, so that it is possible to take many photos and enchant with the landscape.

In other words, you don't have to be afraid, you don't have much emotion, except for the beauty of the place.

Guests are Seeing Stripes at Disney's Animal Kingdom - Zebras Out on New Kilimanjaro Safaris Savanna | Disney Parks Blog
The zebras on the attraction path and the visitors recording the moment close by. Photo: Disclosure / Disney

It is truly amazing how Disney has managed to reflect the animal life of the African continent within a theme park.

That is why the park is so well-liked by visitors.

Some animals are quite common to be seen in Kilimanjaro Safaris, such as: lions, giraffes, zebras, flamingos, wild boar, hippos, ostriches, rhinos, cheetahs, elephants, crocodiles and many others. For children who love animal life, it is the right tour to take.

One of the most “requested” animals, without a doubt, is the lion.

As stated above, it is essential to take the tour early to catch the animals awake, including the safari star.

In addition, it is interesting that you arrive early and go on safari as soon as you open the park, as it is a well-sought attraction and always has moderate to long lines.

So, don't leave this experience for the last minute. Plan well to get the most out of it.

How, who, when and where to go to the attraction

The Kilimanjaro Safaris is intended for all ages, with no height limit, inclusive. There is all necessary security, as well as accessibility to visitors.

The opening hours of the safari are from 8am in the morning to 7am in the evening, where the night tour takes place.

To go to the attraction, just arrive at the park and go to the Africa area, which is to the left of the place, at the very bottom. The number of Kilimanjaro Safaris is 25.

Check out the Animal Kingdom map to locate yourself:

Animal Kingdom Map
Map of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Kilimanjaro Safaris is at number 25 in Africa. Photo: Disclosure

Depending on the season, queues can exceed the wait for well over an hour.

That is, so that you can go to other attractions in the park - there are many! -, select a day that is not a holiday and / or weekend.

For sure, they are the most sought after.

It is, after all, one of the main attractions (as well as the roller coaster Everest Expedition) of the park, that's why so many people want to know the adventure.

However, you can use the fastpass + in this attraction, if you want, what helps and “advance” this waiting time.

What Animals Can You Find on Kilimanjaro Safari?

The amount and variety of Animals seen on this Safari is really impressive.

Naturally it is not at all times that it is possible to easily see all animals, after all they are living beings, so they eat, sleep at different times of the day.

Having said that, the first tip I give here is, as soon as you get in the car you can see all the animals that are part of the tour on a “strip” that is on the top of your vehicle. In the photo below you can see well:

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Kilimanjaro_Safaris_vehicle

But as everything here on the blog is made to help you, dear travelers, here is a brief list of some of the animals that you can find there!

  • Lion
  • Okapi
  • Ostrich
  • Warthog
  • White rhino
  • Gnu
  • Wild dogs
  • Zebra
  • Antelope
  • Baboon
  • Black rhino
  • Cheetah
  • Crocodile
  • Elephant
  • Flamingo
  • Gazelle
  • Giraffe
  • Hipoppotamus
  • Hyenas

The driver of your car is your guide and he will always speak to the animals that are in sight during your journey.

Naturally he speaks English so those who understand English have an advantage in understanding what is being described.

Is it worth doing the Kilimanjaro Safari?

Yes!

It is one of the attractions that we most like to do in Animal Kingdom. We know that many people have problems with animals in captivity as if it were a zoo.

It is an incredible attraction especially for those who love animals and for children. We always see super happy children all the way!

And of course, it is not every day that you have the opportunity to see animals that closely, for example, Giraffes sometimes stop in the middle of the road and you will have to wait for them to leave in order to pass and the car passes very close to them!

We understand this well, so much so that we researched a lot about the treatment of Animals within Disney and it is really incredible.

Many animals rescued and they have incredible care.

It even has a really cool series on Disney + that shows how veterinarians and caregivers of these animals interact with them, her name is “Animal Kingdom Disney Magic“.

It is very incredible!

Technical information

  • Location:  Animal Kingdom - Africa
  • Minimum Height:  It does not have
  • Attraction duration time:  18 minutes
  • Recommended for:  All ages
  • Do you accept FastPass + ?: Yes

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