In our Animal Kingdom 101 post, I mention the Kilimanjaro Safaris as one of the best attractions at Animal Kingdom. While not a fast paced roller coaster like Expedition Everest or as technologically amazing as Flight of Passage, Kilimanjaro Safari remains my top attraction in the park. While these other rides are equally as fun and exciting, there is just nothing that compares to the thrill of reality that you are in fact driving through the actual habitat with some of the earth's most majestic animals. Take a look below at why I love Kilimanjaro Safaris!
Once you enter the attraction line and meander through the wait area, you will board a large transport "bus" that seats several per row. The transport bus is open-sided for maximum views of the animals and the landscapes.
A few things about the ride itself: This is an actual bus/jeep contraption. There are no rails and no set path it must follow. The driver, not only is your tour guide helping you spot and identify the animals, but they are also the actual driver who controls the speed and path of the vehicle. So I do recommend having your camera on a sport motion or other high shutter speed setting to make sure you get the pictures you want, because the driver does have to keep the vehicle moving.
But why do I love this ride? Because it never disappoints! You can see antelopes, baboons, lions, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs, zebras, and so many other animals walking freely about. While Disney has used hidden measures to protect the wildlife and you, they are very well hidden. You feel like you really are out on the savannah with the lion pride, because you ARE out there with that lion pride. That reality is simply hard to compete with.
One last tip: I recommend heading directly to the Safari early in the morning. That is feeding time and the animals are much more lively. As the day heats up, the number of animals you may see will decrease. That said, I've done the Safari at mid-day and its still amazing. Take a look at our favorite photos from the Safari over the years!
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!