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Wild Africa Trek review (cost, is it worth it?)

By: Author Shannon Albert

Published: May 9, 2023 Updated: October 12, 2023

Wild Africa Trek review (cost, is it worth it?)

Tours might be what Walt Disney World does best, and that definitely includes Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom .

I loved my first experience on this tour so much that I recently booked it again.

Here’s what you can expect on the tour…

In this article

Wild Africa Trek is a 3-hour tour that takes place at Animal Kingdom and includes several different backstage elements (more on that below). It’s offered a few times per day, with a very limited number of people allowed on each trek.

How much does Wild Africa Trek cost?

The cost for Wild Africa Trek is $219-$229 per person (tax not included). Price varies by date.

Yes, Wild Africa Trek is on the more expensive side, but you are also getting a pretty cool and unique experience.

There are, however, 15% discounts for select guests that will save you a little bit of money:

  • Annual Passholders : from $186.15 (plus tax; prices vary by date)
  • Disney Vacation Club Members : $186.15 (plus tax; prices vary by date)

Remember that to participate in the tour, you must also purchase valid theme park admission and secure a park reservation for that day.

The full payment is due at the time of booking. To receive the discount, you’ll need to be logged into the Disney Website before reserving your tour.

Note: There is a 2-day cancellation policy. The full price will be charged/forfeited if you cancel within 2 days or are a “no show” for the reservation.

Some important details to consider before booking:

  • In order to participate, guests must be at least 8 years old and guests 17 years old or younger must be accompanied by a participating adult of 18 years or older
  • Due to height restrictions for specific areas during the tour, guests must meet the minimum height requirement of 48 inches (122 cm) or they may not participate
  • Due to weight restrictions for specific areas during the tour, participants must weigh between 45 and 300 lbs (20.14-136 kg) or they may not participate (yes, they weigh you!)
  • Expectant mothers cannot participate
  • For safety, participants should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or other conditions that could be aggravated by the tour
  • Guests who wish to participate in a less physical journey or a wheelchair-accessible trek may contact Wild Africa Trek operations at (407) 938-1373 for an alternative offering

Reservations can be made online up to 60 days out. Since spots are limited, be sure to reserve ASAP.

Is there a dress code for Wild Africa Trek?

There are certain items you are not allowed to wear and some that are recommended.

Closed-toe shoes with a back strap or hiking boots are required. You cannot wear flip-flops.

There is recommended casual attire, including shorts or pants with a comfortable shirt. Skirts or dresses are not recommended.

Small personal items, such as cameras and cell phones, are permitted if they can be securely attached to the safety gear provided. Backpacks are not allowed.

What’s included in the cost?

In addition to getting to experience the savanna in a new way and see the animals up close while learning from the experts, the price of the tour includes the following:

Food and Drinks

You’ll be able to indulge in African-inspired snacks.

To give you an idea of what you might expect, this is a sample menu. What you actually are served may vary:

  • Chicken curry salad
  • Sun-dried tomato hummus and mini pita
  • Marinated tandoori shrimp
  • Smoked salmon roulade with dill
  • Air-dried beef and prosciutto
  • Fresh fruit marinated in mint and ginger

If you have any dietary restrictions, you’ll want to make a note of that when booking online.

Plus, you’ll inform the Disney Cast Member, server, chef, or manager on duty of any dietary restrictions when arriving at the dining location.

One of your guides will capture different moments of you throughout the tour.

Then, at the end of your expedition, you will receive a photo code that you can use to access and download the images.

As a souvenir, you’ll get to keep both your water bottle and name tag. You can see both in the photo below:

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Safety Gear

Any necessary safety gear is provided by Disney.

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  • Warning: big spoilers ahead.

Arriving for the tour

This tour starts with checking in right by Kilimanjaro Safaris in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom. Be sure to show up a little early to allow time to sign paperwork, ask questions, etc.

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Once the group has arrived, the guides will lead you to a locker and harness area where you can store your items.

You can take sunglasses and phones with you as long as they have a strap, which they’re happy to provide.

The guides will get you connected to harnesses and give you a water bottle that you can fill right in this area.

Wild Africa Trek harnesses

They will also give you a headset to wear that they’ll use to speak to you throughout the tour.

Parts of the tour

Once you’re ready to get started, the tour consists of a few different parts:

Hippo backstage viewing

  • Rope bridges with views of crocodiles 
  • Croc viewing 
  • Private safari ride 
  • Snack time at a private pavilion on the savanna 

Wild Africa Trek map

To get to the first step, the group will walk through part of the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and then enter a backstage area from there to get started.

Wild Africa Trek Gorilla Falls

First up, hippos!

After hiking a little ways toward the hippo viewing area, a knowledgeable Cast Member will talk about hippos and attempt to wake the up for a snack.

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Lucky for us, the 2 hippos responded and came out for quite a while as the Cast Member taught us about them and answered any questions we had.

Wild Africa trek hippos

Since this is a ledge overlooking the hippos, you are tethered via your harness during this part.

Rope bridges

If you’ve ever been on the Kilimanjaro Safaris and seen people climbing the rope bridges, you might’ve wondered how they got there. This tour is the answer to that!

Wild Africa Trek rope bridge Kilimanjaro Safaris

You’ll be able to climb 2 different rope bridges during this part, with the second one passing over the crocodiles that you see from the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride.

You can kinda take your time walking across the bridges, which comes in handy if you have a fear of heights and/or want to snap some pics.

Wild Africa Trek rope bridge photos

The guides will take pics of you along the way that can be downloaded afterward.

Croc viewing

While the 2nd rope bridge does include a view of the crocodiles, you’ll get another chance once you’re back on land with another tethered harness view overlooking their area.

Wild Africa Trek crocodile viewing

Private safari ride

After seeing the crocs, the whole group will head out on a truck that will provide a private safari ride. After this, you may never want to go on the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride again.

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The main perk of having a private ride is the ability to pull over and spend time with active animals, providing lots of chances to take great pics.

On our recent trek, we spent at least 10 minutes in the giraffe area as they were very active after being fed.

Wild Africa Trek giraffe

Snack time at a private pavilion

The safari truck will eventually make its way to a private pavilion overlooking the savanna.

The view is gorgeous from here and makes for great photo ops. In fact, many proposals have taken place at this spot.

Wild Africa Trek snack pavilion

Bathrooms are available, and a light lunch prepared by Tusker House restaurant is provided. Oh, and the popular pog juice (passion fruit, orange, guava) is included as well.

If you have special dietary needs, you’ll be able to email them ahead of time to let them know.

Wild Africa Trek snack

From there, you’ll hop back in the truck and finish out the private safari.

This is also the end of the tour, so you’ll want to pick up your locker belongings before heading out.

Is the Wild Africa Trek worth it?

As mentioned in the intro, Walt Disney World is exceptionally good at tours, so it will not come as a big surprise when I say: yes! Definitely yes.

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Though it’s definitely not cheap, it’s 100% worth it, especially if you’re looking for something new or special to do during your trip.

  • If you’re typically a person who wears sandals or skirts, be sure to pack close-toed shoes and long shorts or pants for this trek.
  • During hotter months, I’d suggest booking the earliest time possible to avoid afternoon heat.
  • With the tour overlapping prime touring, be sure to have your Individual Lightning Lane Selections and/or Genie+ Selections booked for afterward.

Tuesday 5th of December 2023

The list of conditions mentions "motion sickness". When would someone have motion sickness on the tour? Just the safari ride portion?

Friday 12th of January 2024

@Regina, That would be due to the rope bridge swaying and the rough ride of the vehicles.

Friday 27th of October 2023

how many people are in a group? we have a group of 11

Caitlin Kelch

Monday 2nd of October 2023

They say no backpacks. Is the locker large enough to store the backpack in??

Shannon Albert

Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

Yes, it is. That's what I did on this tour.

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Wild Trek Africa

If you’re looking for some adventure and behind the scenes Disney magic on your next trip to the World, consider embarking on the VIP Tour through Animal Kingdom, Wild Africa Trek . This tour will bring you up close and personal with the animals of the Harambe Reserve as you journey through the off-road trails and conquer obstacles such as wobbly bridges over crocodile infested waters.  Below is a brief synopsis of my experience on the trek.

At the start of the trek we received a safari mesh vest, a canteen water bottle, a unique wild Africa trek name tag, and an ear piece to hear the guides.  We were also assigned a locker to keep personal belonging. After everyone gets suited up, the walking tour will begin.

Wild Africa Trek

The Wild Africa Trek walking tour begins along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.  This part of the tour can be explored with regular admission; however, it is valuable to have both a guide who can provide additional information and answer questions, and a photographer to capture candid moments of both you and the animals. We were lucky enough on our tour to see a baby gorilla, so small he could barely walk.

Walking trails

Next, we veered off the guest pathway for a secret behind the scenes trail.  After walking through the woods, we came to a clearing where the hippopotamuses were swimming in the water below.   Our safety gear was hooked up to a sturdy pole so we could lean over the cliff to get a closer look of the hippos. The guides provided some great info about the hippos while they fed them and took awesome individual pictures with the hippos in the background.

Hippo Lagoon

As we were walking away from the area, we heard the hippos making loud trumpeting noises and flapping around in the water. Per our guides the hippos were performing a mating call that is rarely heard in captivity. We were also able to catch a glimpse of one walking around on the shore.

Once we reached the first suspension bridge, we were hooked up to the safety gear and individually walked across the bridge. One of the guides went ahead first to capture our terrified faces on camera.  The initial steps onto the bridge are very daunting.  I could feel myself wobbling and it took a few moments to regain my balance and catch my breath.  It was tempting to stare down at my feet the entire time, (especially since there were quite some large gaps in between the boards) but I tried to look around and take in all of the scenery, such as the Kilimanjaro safari trucks driving by, the buzzards below, and the safari out in the distance.

Suspension bridge

After completing the first bridge I felt like a champ, until I got onto the next bridge and there was something much scarier than dirt below, crocodiles.  This was the first time I really started to panic, looking down at the live crocs and thinking of all the things that could go wrong. Then I remembered that I was at Disney World and relief came flooding back.

Suspension bridge 2

The bridge over the crocs was by far the most exhilarating portion of the trek and also the most adrenaline inducing walk I’ve ever taken.  Once our feet were firmly back on the ground, we got a closer look at the crocs via the same method used to view the hippos.  The photographer took pictures with the crocodile’s toothy grins lurking in the background.


The second portion of the trek starts with a truck ride through the savanna. The advantages to this ride, over the regular safari ride are vast.  The truck can make more frequent stops and pause for a longer period of time as there are no trucks behind, rushing you along.  The truck can also go off the regular path in an attempt to get closer to the animals. The photographers are there to get great pictures of both you and the animals. On our trip, we were particularly lucky, and all three advantages came into play when a herd of giraffes came walking past our truck.  One walked by so close that I could’ve reached out and touched it. Not only was it very beneficial to be have the ability to stop the truck, every single guest on-board was able to get a group shot with a giraffe in the back ground.


If you’ve ridden on the Kilimanjaro Safaris, you have most likely seen the lunch pavilion in the distance.  The African inspired meal is served exclusively for the trek and consisted of dried meats, fresh fruits, tomato humus, curried chicken salad, spiced shrimp, a smoked salmon, and even an edible flower.  After eating, the photographer captured some great shots of our party on the pavilion with the savanna in the background.  Binoculars are also provided on the pavilion for viewing of the elephants and lions.  When the lunch portion concluded, we got back on the truck for a drive through the remaining trails.  Again, like the Kilimanjaro Safaris, we traveled past rhinos and ostriches.

Lunch Pavilion

Sadly, this concluded the VIP safari tour.  Before we departed, our guides reminded us that a portion of the funds spent on the safari will go to the Disney conservation fund and gave us an opportunity to vote on what we would like our funds allotted too. If your are interested in learning more about the animals of Africa and crave out of the ordinary thrills, the Wild Africa Trek tour might be the perfect addition to your Animal Kingdom trip.

Have you experienced the Wild Africa Trek tour? Tell us about your adventures in the comments below!

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Review: Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom

Review: Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom

Wild Africa Trek is one of the extra tours that you can book while you are at Disney World.  You do need a valid park ticket to get into Animal Kingdom to enjoy this extra tour, and while it is not considered a VIP tour, they sure make you feel like you are a VIP.

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The Details:

This tour ranges in price from $189-$249 per person, the price will depend on adults/kids pricing, and also the time of day/year you want to visit.  As stated above, you do need a valid park ticket to get into Animal Kingdom, and while you are on the tour, you are required to wear closed toe shoes, as you will be hiking on uneven terrain to get into some of the backstage areas.  The complete journey takes about 3-hours from start to finish.  They have tour times throughout the day, but we have found the earliest slots are the best for several reasons:  entrance into the park before it opens, awesome empty park pics, and the animals tend to be more active in the morning before the afternoon heat hits them.

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What’s Included:

As stated earlier, entrance to the park is not included, but there are a few fun extras included that make the experience more awesome.  First, you get a wonderful lunch or breakfast (depending on the time of day you book).  They do call this a snack, but we found it was quite filling, and served as a full meal for us.  You also receive a water bottle, eye glass safety string, and button to commemorate your experience.  Finally, last but not least, my favorite inclusion.  The pictures.  The guides also carry a camera and act as your own personal photographer.  Not only did they take shots of the animals as you see them on the journey, but they also take pictures of your family.  At the end of the journey, they give you a download code so that you can download all the pictures to your device for free.

Wild Africa Trek Safety Harness

The Experience:

You start off your journey getting fitted for a vest and safety harness.  This is because there are several times throughout the beginning of the journey that you are harnessed into guide lines for safety.  Once you are harnessed properly, you walk for about 5-10 minutes through the park into the backstage areas.  First, you view the Hippo enclosure.  At this point you are able to get very close to a ledge (pictured above) and are totally safe with the harness.  The trainers come out, and you even get to watch them feed the hippos.  It is an awesome opportunity to see the hippos be a little more active.

Alligator Bridges on Wild Africa Trek

From there, you do a little more hiking and learning as you go.  The next stop is the alligator bridges.  This is exciting and scary as well.  Keep in mind, you are completely safe and harnessed in, but it is still fun and exciting.  The bridges seem wobbly and unstable, but there was never a time that we felt unsafe.  The best part, the photographers are there the whole time taking pictures of your experience as you cross.  You are never rushed, and you do really get to take your time walking across the bridges and taking in the experience.

Dining on Wild Africa Trek

Once you have completed the Alligator Bridges, you jump onto a truck where you are driven through the savanna to enjoy and learn about the animals who live there.  The guides really take their time, and you get to drive up close to the animals to learn about them.  Its a great opportunity for pictures, and family time.  Keep in mind, they are still taking pictures of you.  They even captured one of my favorite pictures, and I had not idea they were doing it.  Such a cool moment to see me taking a picture of my husband and son.

Wild Africa Trek Surprise Shot of me taking a pic of my Family

Finally, the last stop is the huts pictured above, for your snack.  Below is the sample menu.  The best part is you are get to sit, in the middle of the savanna and are served delicious juice and water, while they bring you your snack.  It was such a fun way to finish the trip.  Once you are done eating, you can walk around and look and take pictures of the animals around you.

Wild Africa Trek Menu

Once your dining experience is completed you take another short ride back to your starting point to get your belongings, at this point the guides will provide you with your digital code for all the pictures that were taken.

Dining on Wild Africa Trek

Was it worth it?

The big question, was the experience worth the cost?  I say a big resounding yes!  It was such a fun way to get away from the crowds and have a more personal experience in the parks with the animals.  Our family has done this experience twice now, and I am certain we will do it again one day!

Wild Africa Trek Giraffe

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Wild Africa Trek

Valid admission required. A theme park reservation may be required based on admission type.

An Exhilarating Safari Adventure

Be awestruck viewing wild animals in their natural habitat on the 3-hour Wild Africa Trek. On this privately guided tour, discover animals of nearly every variety living in the Safi River Valley—an untamed environment that resembles their home turf in Africa.

The Journey Walk along a grassland path, cross a rope bridge and ride in a rugged safari vehicle over an open savanna—with a chance to view African creatures including towering giraffes, powerful rhinos, hippos and crocodiles.

Along your journey, your knowledgeable guide will share insights about the majestic animals you’re viewing, as well as details about the park’s dedication to animal conservation.

And as if your safari weren’t memorable enough, you’ll receive a complimentary souvenir as well!

Complimentary Photo Services Enjoy your encounters with the animals of the Harambe Reserve while a trained photographer captures all the action and excitement throughout your adventure—a service that’s included with your tour.

At the end of your expedition, you’ll receive a photo code that you can use to access and download images taken during your Wild Africa Trek experience.

Theme park admission is required, but not included in the price of this tour. Theme park reservations are also required.

Indulge In Gourmet Eats

Work up an appetite during your trek and then enjoy some first-class, African-inspired snacks.

Sample Menu

  • Garlic and leek hummus and pita
  • Prosciutto and mozzarella
  • Fresh fruit
  • Chicken wrap
  • Marinated tandoori shrimp

Please note: Menu items are subject to change without notice.

Know Before You Go

  • WARNING: For your safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure; heart, back or neck problems; motion sickness or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not participate.
  • Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult (18 years of age or older).
  • Participants must be 8 years of age or older and at least 48 inches (122 cm) tall.
  • Participants must be between 45 pounds and 300 pounds. The safety harnesses used for this experience may prohibit Guests of certain body shapes or sizes from participating.
  • You must have physical stamina, comfort with heights, and the surefootedness to negotiate small hills, foliage and unsteady rope bridges on this tour. Guests seeking a less strenuous or wheelchair-accessible trek should contact Wild Africa Trek operations at (407) 938-1373 for alternative programs.
  • Recommended attire includes shorts or pants and a comfortable shirt. Closed-toe shoes with a back strap or hiking boots are required. No flip-flops will be allowed. Skirts or dresses are not recommended.
  • Complimentary lockers for your belongings will be provided. You will also receive a safety vest and wireless headset so that you can hear your guide at all times. Cameras are allowed as long as they can be securely fastened to the vest.
  • Please check in 15 minutes prior to the start of the experience at the Curiosity Animal Tours kiosk, located across from the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction entrance. Late arrivals may not be able to join the experience.
  • Excursion occurs rain or shine, with the exception of severe weather or lightning.
  • Tour itinerary, content, duration and availability are subject to change without notice.
  • There is a 24-hour cancellation policy. Full price will be charged/forfeited if the Guest cancels within one day or fails to show up for the reservation.

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Wild Africa Trek: A Review In Words and Pictures

Hi everyone!

Each trip our family tries to enjoy one “Magical Extra”, and this time we chose the Wild Africa Trek in Animal Kingdom. I thought others might be interested to know how the experience was for their own planning purposes. What follows is my personal review on our experience on this tour.

We selected the first tour of the day, which started at 0800, in large part because this was our last day on property and we wanted to ensure full ability to enjoy it without worrying about timelines around our departure. It also occurred to us that, it being late April, it might be wise to do it earlier rather than later so as to enjoy more moderate temperatures.

To give a very broad overview, this tour is “an active, approximately 3-hour privately guided expedition into the world of African wildlife. This trek is an outdoor journey requiring physical stamina and comfort with heights.” It involves walking - I would call it a light hike - riding in a special safari vehicle, different than the ones in Kilimanjaro Safaris, and enjoying a light meal in an open-air cabana-type accommodation overlooking the savanna.

As with many of the Magical Extras, this tour does not populate to My Disney Experience so I made personal note of the confirmation number at the time of making the reservation. However, one week prior to our tour date - which just so happened to be our check-in date - I received an email from the “WDW DAK WAT Help Desk” both confirming our reservation and providing further instructions around proper attire for the tour, requirements for participation, checking in, what to bring (and what not to bring!), as well as instructions around how to notify the team about any dietary restrictions.

We were staying at Polynesian Village Resort on this trip, and given that we needed to arrive no later than 0730 to check in, we utilized a Lyft to arrive at the front gates of Animal Kingdom. Our guides, Steve and Olivia, presented themselves to us at 0745 and got us all checked in. It was an 0800 EMH opening and so we entered at the same time as the masses. I was a little concerned that we would become separated in the throng of people, but our guides expertly helped us make our way through the check points without losing any of us.


We made our way to the entrance of Kilimanjaro Safaris where just to the left is the locker area for WAT. We were instructed that absolutely everything must come out of our pockets, including any and all paper, and that nothing would be allowed to come with us that could not be secured to our safety harness. This included our magic bands, though personal watches were allowed. Complimentary lockers were provided for all of our belongings that could not come with us. We were then asked to step on the scale, to both verify that we met the weight restrictions for the tour and to ensure we were fitted with the most appropriately sized safety harness. I was impressed with the discretion observed here, for those worried about any disclosure of their weight.

Each individual was sent with a guide who fitted the harness appropriately. We were given souvenir water bottles that attached to the safety harness, and those whose phone cases allowed were provided with a strap that attached the phone to the harness as well. Straps were also provided to secure sunglasses, though none were given to me for my prescription lenses presumably because they were not coming off my face.

I should mention, too, that we had been informed at the start of the trek that both guides would be snapping photos throughout the journey, both posed and candids, of us and of the wildlife. So if your phone case does not allow for being attached to your harness, as my husband’s, you should be reassured that you will have PLENTY of photos of the experience. Our guides took nearly 200 of our group, and we were given access and permission to use about 50 additional photos that are in the WAT gallery.

Once we were all fitted, we set out on our journey with the first stop being at the hippo pool. Here we were met by animal keeper Emily who talked to us at length about her role in caring for the hippos, hippo behavior and facts, and about Gus (Augustus) the hippo baby born about 4 months ago.


We spent a few minutes here waiting for each person to cross. Nobody was asked to hurry, and nobody was made to feel rushed. Each person was encouraged to go at their own pace, even stop and take photos if they liked, and to “get there when they get there”. It gave us some time to take a family shot and to check out the crocs up close.


There was a water refilling station here too.


Once each person was across, we hiked on to where we met our safari truck and our driver, Will. We relinquished our safety harnesses there before boarding the vehicle.

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It was a little more than halfway through the tour and time to enjoy a snack. We headed over to that cabana you see off in the distance when you’re on Kilimanjaro Safari. Our driver parked us right up close to the deck there and we disembarked. This is where the only restroom was available on the tour, and folks availed themselves of it while our guides distributed our meals. We were encouraged to partake of the killer view and to take as many pictures as we liked. There were binoculars available at each table for getting a closer look if you cared to.

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Our light meal was served in tiffins which is a sort of lunch box similar to the bento box, and which is also the name of the signature restaurant in Animal Kingdom! I now need a tiffin.

In the top part of the tiffin was some fruit yogurt topped with granola, a fruit salad, and some soft cheeses and apricots. A bamboo spoon was also provided. I now need a bamboo spoon.


We spent about 20ish minutes there in the dining location. Steve and Olivia were happy to answer questions and take plenty of photos.

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When we had finished eating, we went back out on the truck to see one more savanna up close.

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And then it was time to return to where we started from.


If you can’t tell from the photos, this tour was AMAZING! It was, by far, one of the coolest things I’ve ever been fortunate to do on a vacation - not just at Disney but anywhere. Our guides were so kind and knowledgeable, just really phenomenal ambassadors for the park. They took an interest in each and every one of us and got to know us a little, and we got to know them too. Olivia talked with me at length about her experience in becoming an employee of Disney, through her experience in College Program. And they praised my son quite enthusiastically for doing so well with the bridges; at 10 he just about meets the minimum age requirement, and some of those slats were spaced fairly widely apart for me! They taught us a lot about what they do, about Animal Kingdom and its mission, about what it means to be an accredited zoo, about animal care and conservation efforts. And they kept checking in to make sure we were having the experience we wanted. In fact, they started off the tour by asking us if there was a particular animal we hoped to see and said they would try their best to make sure we saw them all - and we did! Our meal was delicious and so graciously prepared and served. And the photos they took will help us to forever document this special experience.

Oh, and as to the first tour of the day: it was a wise decision! Temperatures did in fact remain low throughout our time, and it was getting hot by the time we returned. It is nice that much of the tour is in the shade of vegetation, in the truck, and in the cabana. So one does not have to worry much in the way of becoming sunburned or overheated. And with the water bottles provided at the start of the trip and refilling options twice along the way, one would have no trouble remaining hydrated.

This tour is not inexpensive, ranging from $189-$249 per person depending on the date you go. But given that we had such an up close experience, a light meal, AND that a portion of the cost of the tour is donated to conservation efforts, we felt it was a good value. We would gladly spend that again on this tour, and I would encourage anyone interested to go ahead and do the same. You will not be disappointed!

I hope you enjoyed this review of our Wild Africa Trek! Please let me know if you have any questions; I am more than happy to answer!


Thanks for reading!

Either you fixed them or it’s browser dependent - none of the pics are sideways on my display via Chrome.

Thanks for sharing…

Thanks for the review! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do with DS and he’s at the perfect age now (he’ll be 10 in September). I was a little worried about the physical requirements, but based on the pictures and your description, I think I’ll be fine (I am fine walking about, but can’t climb much of anything - stupid leg braces make that rather difficult - but if the bridge is the worst of it, that is more than doable!).

Awesome review! Thank you for sharing! I have a long way to wait until my kids are older, but maybe an adults only trip will be in order! (Save some $$)

I’m surprised they let you keep the hats on if they were concerned about stuff falling off! Go Sox!

I was a little surprised about the hats, myself. I had to leave my ears in the locker.

Great review and great hat your DH is wearing! Go Sox!

Thank you for such a detailed review. Looks like such a great tour.

Many thanks for taking the time to write this review. As you know, thanks to you I’ve booked the tour myself. I’m taking the 1.15pm tour because it fits my schedule better, but I feel reassured by what you had to say about shade and hydration.

I get quite emotional looking at animals and I can imagine being moved to tears at getting close to them on this tour.

Great review! DH and I want to do this in November.


Those of us who use chat are quite used to Niter’s sideways pictures. No worries. Besides you pics were not sideways.

Love the report. Now I want to consider doing this.

Lots of good pictures and details. Well Done.

Wow! Thanks so much for the great review!

Thank you for you post, it is such a joy to see your family with all their smiles. Looks like they had the time of their lives. You might have pushed Profmatt into doing this tour but you pushed me into not doing it: fear of heights and bridges would have left me stuck frozen in place, my weight and disability would also be another factor. So thank you for bringing us with you, thank God I did not have to physically go through it my self. Side note its funny that a guy who is afraid of bridges lives on an Island.

Wow! Thanks for the awesome review! I hope that I can go on this tour someday!

That’s a tough one! Do you never leave the island?!

Wonderful pictures! Enjoyed reading about your experience - thanks for taking the time!

Yes I can be driven over with out any real problem and after I drive over a bridge once or twice I’m ok but don’t ask me to walk over one or even get out of the car and stand on one. I am thankful for cruise control I can set it so I can focus on just my lane the first one or two times then I’m fine.

Looks awesome! Thanks for the review and photos!

My family got me a tiffin for Mother’s Day!!!


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Everything You Need to Know About Wild Africa Trek

by Mickey Blog · May 31, 2019

Wild Africa Trek

Do you love animals? Are you the adventurous sort? Do you feel fashionable in a flak jacket? Would you like to experience something that few Disney guests ever do? I’m here to tell you about one of the best tours at Walt Disney World. Here’s everything you need to know about Wild Africa Trek.

What Is Wild Africa Trek?

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the most novel of all theme parks in the company’s empire. When you visit the fourth gate at Walt Disney World, you’ll interact with some of the animals at various attractions.

Wild Africa Trek

I’ve previously described Kilimanjaro Safaris as the backbone of Animal Kingdom. I feel this way because the giant vehicle transports guests through dozens of animal habitats. It’s one of the best ways to experience the hallmark achievement that is this theme park. It’s not THE best way, though.

Wild Africa Trek is like the deluxe version of Kilimanjaro Safaris . It’s a paid guided tour of many of the same habitats. The difference is that you walk rather than ride. Also, you get to go to places where standard park visitors cannot.

Disney Safari

For example, when you’ve ridden Kilimanjaro Safaris, you may have noticed people walking across rope bridges high above the ground. Those lording above you aren’t cast members. Well, most of them aren’t. They’re people enjoying the benefits of the Wild Africa Trek.

The price of the tour is $189-$249 per person. That’s on the high side of tours at Walt Disney World. As you’re about to see, Disney has priced it extremely reasonably, though.

What Do You Need to Know about Wild Africa Trek?

You should think about Wild Africa Trek like a school trip to the zoo…combined with an African safari. You’ll be one of a group of “students” seeking to learn more about animal behavior. The trek will take you across much of the Animal Kingdom campus.

Your adventure will consist of several phases. During one part, you’ll walk through and even over some animal habitats. Many of these views are ones that you’ve had during Kilimanjaro Safaris, only from a different angle. You’ve paid for the privilege of getting up close and personal with the residents of Animal Kingdom. In some instances, you’ll stand closer to animals than you could at a zoo!

Wild Africa Trek

Animal interactions are a critical part of Wild Africa Trek. Have you ever wanted to feed a hippopotamus? You can play real-life Hungry Hungry Hippos on this tour! All you’ll need is to get strapped in (more on that in the next section) and start tossing food. If you’re lucky, you may even see some birds fly to the mouths of the hippos, who are known to share dinner with their avian friends.

Another part of the tour is the driving section. This part will feel familiar to Kilimanjaro Safaris fans, although the setup is closer to Jungle Cruise, just not a cruise. You’ll get into a special rectangular vehicle with a giant square for its seating area. No matter where you sit, you’ll have a wonderful perspective of the Animal Kingdom habitats. During your tour, you’ll listen as a cast member relays detailed information about the animals.

Wild Africa Trek

Photo credit: Kent Phillips, Photographer

This brings me to a different point. Communication is integral to the Wild Animal Trek experience. During the crowded park part of your walk, you’ll receive a headset. It will allow you to hear your tour guide even in the most congested (i.e. loudest) parts of Animal Kingdom. When you’re riding in the special tour vehicle, however, you won’t need it. A cast member will literally sit with you and point out all the wonders that you should behold.

This part of the experience differs from Kilimanjaro Safaris . The cast member doesn’t have to drive as well. Someone else provides that duty. You have a zoology expert at your disposal, and they’ll display an encyclopedic knowledge of everything related to the park and its denizens.

Kilimnajaro Safari Disney World

Just as importantly, you’ll travel on different paths than during the safari. You’ll go onto roads that are historically reserved for cast members in charge of the care of the animals. You’re seeing the hidden parts of Animal Kingdom!

Disney throws in lunch during Wild Africa Trek. And the consensus opinion is that the food options are stellar. You’ll start with Jungle Juice, the legendary concoction made famous at restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge . This meal even includes an edible flower! Unless you’re a foodie, you won’t have familiarity with many of the flavors. As long as you like fruits, meats, and curries, you’ll be fine.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

The other phenomenal aspect of the tour is the photography. Should you prefer to watch the proceedings, you won’t need to capture images. A cast member will do that for you! Once your tour ends, Disney will provide a code that allows you to look at the pictures from your trip in My Disney Experience.

The Magic Jacket at Wild Africa Trek

You’ll know that you’re doing something unusual when you arrive. One of the first things that will happen when you check in for the Wild Africa Trek is that you’ll be given a jacket. This vest isn’t there to protect you from the elements. It’s there to keep you comfortable and save you from disaster. Don’t get me wrong. Disney wouldn’t place you in harm’s way during a tour. The jacket is there for precisely this reason.

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At various points during your tour, you’ll enter situations that are slightly precarious without some kind of support. Your jacket has hooks on it. Their purpose is to harness you. In the event that you stumble or fall, the harness will prevent you from anything untoward happening. And I have to say that I’ve watched a LOT of Wild Africa Trek videos. EVERYONE trips at some point. I even saw a cast member who works on Kilimanjaro Safaris take a dive and scrape up her leg.

Why is tripping so likely? At times, you’ll cross rope ladders. The steps on these ladders are spaced out a fair amount. And the people creating Wild Africa Trek videos are often more focused on their phones than their next step. I struggle to understand this behavior since some of the walks are literally above crocodile ponds. Friendly suggestion: don’t film your walk across a rope bridge. That’s how you become a cautionary tale in an Indiana Jones movie and/or crocodile food.

Wild Africa Trek

The vest does more than save you from falling into a den of crocodiles. It also secures your belongings. Even though you shouldn’t whip out your phone as you cross a bridge, you will still want it with you in case of emergency texts. Okay, let’s be honest. It’s probably dating drama. Whatever the reason, your jacket has a hook that will connect to your cellphone, too! No matter what happens, your device is safe, just like you.

Finally, the vest comes with a water canteen, one that you’ll get to keep as a souvenir! Anyone who has spent any time at Animal Kingdom understands that this area is humid. You must stay hydrated during your three-hour tour. Disney officials know this and throw in the water bottle to maximize your comfort. You should secure the canteen to the vest. Otherwise, you could lose your water while climbing stairs, something else that happens a lot.

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By the way, if you doubt me about the tripping/livestreaming, watch this video . I’ve queued it to a spot where the person crosses the bridge. You’ll see what it looks like and what kind of view is possible during your trek. Then, you’ll understand why you shouldn’t livestream it.

Wild Animal Trek is one of the best tours available at Walt Disney World. It allows you to see and experience Animal Kingdom in a way that’s otherwise impossible. You’ll feel like a cast member when you enter restricted areas. At other times, you’ll lean on the expertise of one of the most informed people at the park, allowing you to ask all of the things that you’ve wondered about it over the years. It’s THE best way to appreciate the brilliance of Disney’s most impressive theme park.

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PS: You can feel good about your VIP tour of Animal Kingdom. Disney directs part of the money that you spend on Wild Africa Trek to a charity. In fact, you get to pick which charity out of several options. A cast member will ask you to choose your favorite from the list. You’re not just having the time of your life on Wild Africa Trek! You’re also helping with animal conservation! It’s just another reason why you should book this tour!

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Emerging from the African jungle, my knees wobbled as I carefully traversed the missing slats in the rickety footbridge. In the river chasm below, a dozen sunbathing crocodiles were awaiting my first misstep.

This surreal safari scene seemed real enough to me -- even though I knew the make-believe jungle was deep inside a theme park carved out of Florida swampland.

Walt Disney World” href=”https://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/themeparks/disney-world/”> Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., has been offering the three-hour Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom” href=”https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/tours-and-experiences/wild-africa-trek/”> Wild Africa Trek for about a month now, taking about a dozen visitors at a time on VIP guided tours through the theme park’s Pangani Forest. The $189 experience essentially triples the price of admission to the park (which is not included in the cost of the tour).

Photos : Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Nothing on my carefully crafted and tightly choreographed adventure was left to chance – from the animal actors that hit every cue to the encounters with researchers along the trail to the perceived dangers cleared by Disney lawyers. Yet at every turn, the fully encompassing storytelling and 360-degree, open-air theater made every moment feel like a real trek through the jungle rather than a behind-the-scenes tour of a theme park.

At the start of our tour, my fellow trekkers and I slipped into expedition harnesses with carabiner clips designed to keep us from meeting the untimely death mentioned in the liability waiver that we’d just signed. We were each issued a wireless earpiece, which made it much easier to listen to our tour guide, Laura Beers.

The beginning of the tour took us through the theme park, with our first stop at the silverback gorillas compound, where a band of the knuckle-draggers appeared on schedule as if released by a hidden stage hand. Carefully concealed food caused the gorillas to pause for a perfect photo op. Half an hour into the tour, a similar stop to see the antelope exhibit left me wondering when we’d be heading off the beaten track.

We finally passed through a gate marked “Authorized Trek Guides Only” for our bushwalk through dense fern, bamboo and vine that felt more like a long walk in the woods than an exotic jungle journey. After stumbling upon some strategically placed animal skulls along the trail that conveniently broke up the hike and allowed for some storytelling foreshadowing, I began to wonder when we were going to see the promised living creatures in the wild.

Arriving at a clearing, we happened upon a researcher tossing watermelon wedges into the hippopotamus pool 10 feet below. After we clipped our carabiners onto safety tethers, a hippo popped up to feed just in time for us to peek out over the edge of the cliff and snap some photos. In between fast facts (“A hippo can reach a top speed of 30 mph”), the researcher tossed more watermelon to pique the hippo’s interest.

“How fast can a human run?” I asked, wondering what would happen if the tether failed.

“Not as fast a hippo,” said the researcher, as if he’d repeated the line a thousands times.

While our guide, Laura, narrated the trek through our earpieces, photographer Lani Hendryx snapped candid moments and asked trekkers to pose for postcard portraits.

An hour into the tour, we reached a pair of rope bridges that crossed the Safi River. On a dirt road 30 feet below theme park visitors passed by on the open-sided trucks of the Kilmanjaro Safari, the marquee attraction of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

After hooking my carabiner to an overhead cable, I started across the bridge only to step on a purposely broken slat. Stumbling, I grasped for the rope railing of the bouncing and rocking bridge as the non-animatronic vultures in the treetops a few feet away sized up my nutritional value. If this was a show I now had a starring role. As I reached the other side of the bridge I unconsciously left behind the alternate-reality theme park world and fully slipped into the safari adventure.

Midway across the second bridge I suddenly froze. Down below the dozen crocodiles lazed in the sun on a spit of land in the middle of a shallow pool. My knees shuddered. I was truly scared.

Safely back on land, my fellow trekkers clipped in for another peek over a cliff at the crocs below, but I stayed back from the edge.

“What would happen if I somehow fell in?” I asked, watching the crocodiles slide en mass into the water.

“You’d be dead,” said guide Laura, who had been cheerful up to that point.

Midway through the tour we piled into open-air safari trucks for a VIP tour of the savanna, which was far shorter and less extensive than the regular Kilmanjaro Safari, with frequent stops to photograph the wildlife. Our driver pulled off to the side of the trail at key locations to let the larger safari trucks pass. At one such spot, a giraffe wandered over to a knotty tree trunk hole stuffed with food at just his height.

The final stop on our tour was the Boma gathering place, an elevated and covered platform built for the Wild Africa Trek right in the middle of the savanna. Trekkers were encouraged to lounge in any of the chairs arranged neatly around the perimeter of the deck, which felt like the grand front porch of a wilderness lodge. Binoculars were available for viewing the grazing wildebeest, gazelles, antelope and elephants. The Boma also offered the first restroom break in more than two hours .

While we surveyed the savanna, Laura and Lani transformed from guide and photographer into chef and waitress, pulling prepared meals from a super-sized cooler stowed on the safari truck.

Lunch was served in stainless steel camping containers with snap-on lids. The surprisingly delicious food (keeping in mind we were still in a theme park) fell somewhere between a meal and an appetizer. I’d call it an elegant ploughman’s plate, with yogurt, fruit (dried and fresh), cheeses, cured meats and bread. Jungle Juice (a mix of passion fruit, orange and guava) was served in military-style canteen cups with butterfly handles. It was the perfect end to a wonderful journey.

So was it worth it? The $189 price tag for the Wild Africa Trek guided tour is steep to keep the experience exclusive and the visitor interest manageable. The trek includes a private safari, a Disney PhotoPass CD, a fine dining meal plus the three-hour guided tour.

If you view the cost through the prism of Disney dollars, where inflated prices are double or triple what you typically expect to pay elsewhere, you could say the Wild Africa Trek is almost a bargain. But I imagine the VIP tour is just that, designed for people who think money is no object or who are willing to pay anything for the ultimate Disney experience -- the free-spending rich and the hard-core fans.

If the Wild Africa Trek proves popular, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is expected to add a variety of VIP jungle itineraries, including a zip-line adventure.

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Wild Africa Trek: An Insider Review of Animal Kingdom’s Safari Adventure


Ever want to experience Disney’s Animal Kingdom behind the scenes? Well sort of… If you ever get the chance the Wild Africa Trek is an experience like no other. In this article, we’ll explore the journey you’ll take, the perks of this tour, and give you our impressions of this wild excursion!

Is The Wild Africa Trek Worth It?

Yes, it is pricey, but well worth the price in my eyes, as you get immersed in the experience of being on a trek in the African wilderness. I would recommend the first in the morning or the last in the afternoon. Going in the morning is cooler, especially in the summer, and during late afternoon the animals are moving again from their naps.  I have never been to Africa so I can’t truly compare but I love Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Prices for the Wild Africa Trek range from $139 to $249 per Person (tax not included), but avid animal lovers and explorers will definitely find value in this tour.

What’s The Experience Like?

When you get there to get started you get “suited” up in a vest like you are an explorer walking through the jungle, and you get a water bottle that straps on so you can’t lose it.

Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom

Guides are very careful with what you can bring, as you will be in the same areas that the animals can be, so they don’t want to leave something behind that an animal might think is tasty. I love the Kilimanjaro Safari ride, so getting to see the animals more up close, and more a bit personal, definitely caught my interest.

On the Wild Africa Trek, you get your own private Jeep. They do not allow you to get out of the vehicle for your safety and the animal’s safety, but they do stop and allow you to learn a bit more about the animals and take pictures without all the bumps.

The guides do allow you to walk around the hut to take pictures, and you have such great viewing of the Savannah. I got to see giraffes closer than I have ever before, I was in awe. Before all of that I even got to walk over a rope bridge over the alligator and crocodile area, that was an experience!

Another bonus of this trek, was to feed the hippos. We got tethered to a pole so we could walk down a steep hill and the cast member called for the hippos. The hippos showed up mouths open and got fed watermelon and other vegetables.

Wild Africa Trek Sample Menu

You also get your own private viewing spot on the savannah for your included snack time (I called it a small lunch or brunch).

Sample Menu

  • Air-dried beef and prosciutto
  • Smoked salmon roulade with dill
  • Fig cake with Boursin cheese
  • Brie cheese and apricot
  • Berry yogurt and dried cranberries
  • Fresh fruit marinated in mint and ginger
  • Chicken curry salad
  • Sun-dried tomato hummus and mini pita
  • Marinated tandoori shrimp

Please note: Menu items are subject to change without notice.

Wild Africa Trek Photos

Family Photos from Wild Africa Trek

At the end of our tour we got to have some group photos taken, and when viewing the pictures later, we noticed some surprise pictures of some characters that normally where not in the parks. Keep in mind that this experience does have an age and weight limit to ensure the safety of guest on the trek.

I am hoping they will offer this again once COVID restrictions are lifted. If you have ever wanted to see more of Disney’s Animal Kingdom “behind the scenes” I would highly recommend this tour. I have done several tours at Disney and this one is always my top rated.

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The Wild Africa Trek is a privately priced tour that can be purchased for anyone that is 8 years or over (under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult). The tour was actually bought for me by my husband as a birthday present so I do not know the exact price , however Disney advertise this as around $189-$249 depending on the time of year.

Below is the link to the details on the disney site.


OK so first of all I need to say that I absolutely loved this experience , the amazing cast members really did make you feel like VIP’s.

The day started early around 8:30am , there are lots of time slots during the day but we are early birds so decided to go for a morning slot. We arrived 15 mins before our slot as advised and we were met at the Animal Kingdom entrance , just past the turnstiles. The cast member took our names and ID’s and checked us in. There was a small amount of waiting around while the other guests arrived for the tour and checked in (there was around 8-10 people including myself and my husband ) Once everyone was accounted for the cast member led us into the park. As we were inside the park before it opened our guide advised us to stop in front of the tree of life and take some picture’s , one of the only chances you will ever get to have pictures without the thousands of people in the background. They let us take as many pictures as we wished , helped take some for us and did not rush us at any point which was really nice.

Once we were on our way again we walked further into the park heading for the Kilimanjaro Safari. The check in for the Wild Africa Trek is just to the left of the entrance to the Kilimanjaro Safari. We were then greeted by our expedition guides who helped us store our belongings in lockers , get fitted into our harnesses and provide us with our Wild Africa Trek water bottles ( a freebie to take away with you) and your personalised name badges. The three cast members that were with us for the duration of the trek were very friendly , put everyone at ease and broke the ice with a few jokes.

The first part of the tour was mostly walking , we were shown lots of birds and other small animals whilst walking along a grassland pathway. Our first major stop was atop of a bank above the hippo pool. This is where your harnesses come into play. You are hooked up to a guy rope and are able to walk out onto the ledge above the hippo’s who were lazily floating just below us. This is the closest I have ever got to the animals at animal kingdom. Our guide gave us some really interesting facts about the animals and their habits , we fed them lettuces and had our picture taken with them in our couple’s or groups.

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As with the Hippo’s you are shown how to attach yourself to a guy line and you walk out over the bridges one at a time . There are crocodiles in the water below which adds to the thrill and once in the middle of the bridge there are some beautiful views of the valley. Remember if you are a little nervous not to let it show as the photographer will be catching every unfortunate face you pull 🙂 !

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It was so peaceful and relaxing you would never have dreamed you were in the middle of a theme park.

Again we were allowed to take lots of pictures and take our time, once we were all done we were loaded back onto the truck and taken on a very scenic route back to our starting point and our lockers.

The cast members helped us remove our harness , retrieve our belongings and answered any questions we had about the day or the animals. They also gave us a code to log onto the Disney photo pass website and retrieve our photo’s of the day. When we got home and checked there was well over 100 photo’s !

I really can not stress enough how good the staff are on this tour and how much you get to see that you would never see if you just took the Kilimanjaro safari ride. I understand that the price may be a lot for some , but even if you just manage to do the Wild Africa Trek once for a special occasion it is worth every penny !!!!!!

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We chose to do the earliest tour time and was glad. It would have been too hot for me later in the day. Liked walking the trails and loved the bouncy bridges. Our guides were very knowledgeable. they took pictures which turned out better than the ones we took so liked this service. eating area and food was great. we are saving up to do it again.

Reviewed by vanMickey Review Date: 09/28/2018

This is a great tour for anyone interested in a longer, more in depth look at the Savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom. It takes a slow pace, it very interactive. We had 6 people on the tour and two guides. They know where the animals congregate at the time of your tour and let you hang out in the jeep as long and close as you want. They food was good and really more of a snack, not a meal replacement. We did it 3 years ago and it is still a 'core' memory to our kids.

Reviewed by CarolB Review Date: 09/27/2018

My first and so far only WDW tour. Well worth the cost. The guides did an excellent job of allowing us just the right amount of time in each location to take pictures, ask questions, etc. before moving on. The lunch selection was great and they had no problem providing a special meal for my daughter who has an allergy.

Reviewed by Dawne Review Date: 09/27/2018

What an azi g experience this was. Up lose and perdon with the animals. Walking over the rope/wooden bridge was a thrill in itself. A myst see for everyone!

Reviewed by ars0525 Review Date: 11/14/2017

We had 11 people in our group & Macie & Katie did a GREAT job of keeping everyone involved. Loved getting to hike on the trails in the woods & see animals. I have ridden the safari ride many times, but getting to stop by the animals & discuss in further depth was amazing! We did the 12:30 tour so had the lunch food options--all was delish & a good amount of food was served. I would take this tour every time if it wasn't so pricey! My 75 yo dad who's in average shape had no trouble keeping up or participating. We all loved it! And when the rain sprinkles started--we all got ponchos so bonus gift!

Reviewed by Pallantides1 Review Date: 10/19/2017

Just got back from our Honeymoon in October and we really enjoyed this excursion. Its so nice to spend time in a small group away from the crowds and get some quality time discussing the animals with knowledgeable guides. The tour focuses primarily on crocodiles and hippos but you also go out to the savannah at the end. The food is also nice and the physical demands of the trek are minimal. The bridge crossing could be a problem if you have a fear of heights but other than that I can't think of anything that could cause someone any problems.

Reviewed by alcmom Review Date: 08/27/2016

Excellent , well organized tour with extremely knowledgable guides. Up close view of hippos, alligators, giraffes. Safari bus goes off road for even closer views of the safari. Great snack and stop with view over looking safari. The time flys!! Ours was a small. Group, four of us and another group of three plus two guides

Reviewed by weheartdisney Review Date: 12/28/2015

My husband and I took the Wild Africa Trek tour on November 17, 2015. We loved everything about this tour--the length, the animal viewing opportunities, and the learning experience. We took the last tour of the day. The price was the discounted amount offered by Disney, and we added a DVC discount to bring the cost down even more. My husband is very afraid of heights when there is too much open space around him. (Frame of reference: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Expedition Everest are okay but Space Mountain, Soarin', and ferris wheels are not.) I showed him pictures in advance of the bridge crossings and assured him that if he was uncomfortable with them that there was an alternate route. He crossed those bridges like a pro! He even stopped to look around. He said he felt safe the entire time. The snack, as they called it, was delicious. I felt there was quite a bit of food and would have actually called it lunch. We were disappointed to hear that we could not purchase that exact chicken dish anywhere else on property. The time spent viewing the animals was excellent. It was nice to pull off to the side of the road and be able to take in the surrounding areas. We had a group of 13 and had plenty of room to move around the truck. The pictures the guides took came out great and were available online to download the next day. The only negative, and I'm not even taking off on the rating for this, is when you start the tour you are walking through the regular park crowds to get to the trek entrance. We would do this tour again in the future since we know that no two trips on the safari are the same.

Reviewed by Terry C Review Date: 07/28/2015

My granddaughter (age 11) and I took this great experience on Wednesday July 22nd, 2015. I would like to comment on the care and kindness we were shown by Becky and Karen. They were excellent guides and knew a lot about the animals and their habitats. My granddaughter, Macey was a little frightened at first because it was a total surprise that she was even doing this event! Becky and Karen put her at ease immediately and we had so much fun with them. Macey misses them and are in hopes they come to CA. some day so we can meet up with them again! I hope they are able to see this post!! If you can do this Trek I highly recommend the fun! Tell Becky and Karen that Terry and Macey said "Hello!"

Reviewed by jbald Review Date: 06/21/2015

Big thank you to Davis and Frank for an awesome tour. If you can take this tour DO IT you will not regret it. The guides are very knowledgeable, funny and so enthusiastic about their job. You get to stop and see the animals up close. The snack is more like a meal and is delicious. The actual foot tour is not strenuous.

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Wild Africa Trek Tour Review

The Wild Africa Trek is a tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  This tour takes guests behind the scenes of the park’s signature attraction – Kilimanjaro Safaris. Wild Africa Trek is offered daily to guests who have park admission, although making a reservation in advance is a must-do.  The tour generally costs around $200 but they do offer discounts from time-to-time and will always offer discounts to Passholders, DVC members, and Disney Visa Card holders.  The tour lasts 3 hours.  This review will cover our experience on Wild Africa Trek.

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Melissa and I went on the Wild Africa Trek at the end of August.  Hardly the best time of year, weather wise, to be hiking around the Florida savannah.  But, as I will hopefully convey over the next few hundred words, there is never a bad time to sign up for this tour.  We even lucked out and had some cloud cover to avoid the incredible heat.

We checked in and before long were getting situated for our tour.  Unlike most (any other) tour, the preparation here does take a while.  Guests can’t have any loose items on them as things falling out of pockets or backpacks could be hazardous to the animals and would certainly be hazardous to whatever you just dropped.  We stowed our loose belongings in a locker.  You can bring your phone and camera, as long as you have a strap for each item.  They will give you a strap for your phone if you would like it, as well as a strap for your sunglasses.

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Since no loose items were allowed, I wasn’t able to bring any extra lenses with my camera.  This isn’t a big deal but something to be aware of.  They also don’t allow lens caps, as they could fall off.  While on this note, the tour guides do bring a camera with them and will take photos of you and the animals for you to share with your friends back home.  The photos are very high quality and, unless you love taking photos like I do, I would recommend just going without a camera as it’s just another item to carry.  (With that said, all of the photos in this blog post are mine.)

Guests get a harness and vest to hold you and your water bottle (complimentary and good souvenir!) along with any other items.  Here’s a look at the model (my wife) I brought along with me all geared up.

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The harness isn’t very heavy and not much of a nuisance.  The vest is very lightweight and was a nice way to not have to hold anything.  We were each given an ear piece and then went on our way.


We had two tour guides on Wild Africa Trek, Becky and Alex.  Both were wonderful.  The trek starts on the Gorilla Falls Trail in Animal Kingdom’s Africa section.  This trail is open to guests not on the tour as well and is a great place to explore.  Going through this area with guides was really enjoyable, as they were able to share more information than you can gather just by reading the signs on the trail.  While far from the most exciting aspect of the tour, this was a nice appetizer to the main course.

That main course was being backstage in the Kilimanjaro Safaris.  After our brief walk through Gorilla Falls we went off the beaten path, walking through trees and such until we ended up above the hippo pool.  Disclaimer: Hippos are my favorite animal so there’s a bunch of photos.

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We ended up on a little ledge above the hippo pool and got harnessed in.  We then were able to walk out on the ledge as a resident hippo expert (sorry, I forgot her name!) came to feed the animals.  The hippos were not all that interested in the food but they one of them came over near us anyway.  I really appreciated how the tour brought in someone who works directly with the animals to talk about these.  Our guides were very knowledgable but had a broad understanding of all the animals while this lady was more focused on these particular hippos.

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I’m guessing I’ll never be this close to a hippo again outdoors.  That’s both sad and fortunate.

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Another thing to note about these stops near animals were how long they lasted.  I never felt rushed through these areas and we were given ample time to learn and ask questions.

After the hippo pool came Wild Africa Trek’s most iconic feature, the suspended bridge over the Nile Crocodiles.  I don’t love heights but this bridge wasn’t all that scary.  Like Kilimanjaro Safaris, there was never any build-up of fear here.  Safety was shown time and time again so the thought of falling off this bridge to your death was far from our minds.  At least it was far from mine.

Melissa bridge WAT AK

The whole tour is fairly aggressive as far as Disney goes.  There are trails with little drops and limbs to duck under.  I felt like I was out in the forest when walking around.  The bridge was not hard to walk across but you did have to watch your step.  All this to say, I think most anyone could do this tour but don’t expect a leisurely walk on the red carpet.  There’s no red carpets in the forest.

The whole experience on the bridge is fantastic.  I could try to describe it but I’ll just show you what we walked over and you’ll get the idea.

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This was easily the most thrilling part of our journey.

Once off the bridge, we spend a little more time by the crocodiles with another expert.  Crocodiles are pretty fascinating.  This guy (again, sorry about the lack of name.  I do remember he was about to get married so congratulations!) told us that there wasn’t much in the way of crocodile research until the last 30 or 40 years so they weren’t even sure how old some of their own crocs were.  They had estimates and guesses but had no way of knowing.  There were many facts he told us and being out on another ledge right by the animals was fantastic.

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Soon after this we were able to lose our harnesses and board a truck waiting for us.  The rest of the tour took place in the savannah section of Kilimanjaro Safaris.  At this point we were back on the ride almost but were able to stop wherever Becky and/or Alex thought was a good vantage point.  This led to many photo stops and even more facts given and questions answered.

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Learning not just about the species of animals but some of the actual personalities of the animals we were seeing was fascinating.  The animal above has tendonitis and is a favorite among the safari crew.  She(?) would later poke her head through the bushes at us, a few minutes after one of our guides said that’s what she liked to do.

Longhorn in bushes WAT AK

All of the giraffes were hanging out in the trees.  On the safari, this would be a bummer as there wouldn’t be much time to stop for photos and facts.  On the tour we were able to stop for nearly 15 minutes and learned a great deal.

Giraffes in trees WAT AK

We made our way over to the elephants and did the same thing here as with the giraffes.

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I’m glad we were able to do this when Stella, the baby elephant, was still little.

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We were roughly 2 hours into our tour and it was time for a break.  We stayed in the savannah and stopped at a little lookout to have a snack.  This building is visible from the safari ride and was an aspect of the tour I was really looking forward to.  Nothing about it disappointed.

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The view was incredible, as you could watch any of the savannah animals wander around.  We all had binoculars to share and this was a great spot to look around.  There was so much to see and enjoy.  While the first hour of the tour is all on your feet, this was as relaxing as it can get.  I would have been happy to stay here all day.

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And I haven’t even mentioned the food… There were six small items served in this container.  The highlights were the chicken curry salad, the shrimp and the fresh fruit.  I enjoyed all six of them.  My wife is a slightly pickier eater than I am and she still enjoyed them all.  They call this a snack on the tour but there is enough here to consider this lunch.  I believe that if you go on an earlier tour the food is slightly different.  I really enjoyed this, as I thought it added to the authenticity of the experience.

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After we ate, we took a few more photos and headed on.

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We saw a few more animals before we headed back to where the tour started.  Even as the tour was winding down, I can say without hesitation that the experience did not feel rushed in the slightest.  There was always time to have questions answered and time to stop and see an animal.

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On top of that, our guides and the tour itself were very accommodating.  There were towels to cool off with after the hot parts of the tour, ponchos for when it rained, water bottles, and more.  The service on Wild Africa Trek was tremendous and part of the reason the tour stood out.  Becky and Alex were very kind, gracious and knowledgable.  While I’m sure the experience is conducive to this, I appreciated that there wasn’t really a spiel that our guides had to say.  Rather they reacted to what was happening with the animals (or our questions) and would talk about that.  If you’ve been on other tours then you probably know that at times it feels like the guide is reciting something they have said thousands of times.  While there’s nothing wrong with that, this experience felt more unique than that.

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Well, as you may have guessed by now, I love Wild Africa Trek.  But, was it worth the money?  Yes, absolutely.  I would do this again in a heartbeat.  Now, I know that it is pretty expensive so definitely look for discounts but this is a premium experience that was worth every penny in my mind.  The obvious caveat to this is if you could care less about animals then this probably isn’t for you.  Otherwise, I have a hard time seeing anyone not enjoying this experience.  Of all the days I’ve spent at Walt Disney World, this was near the top.

Overall Rating – 10/10

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Thank you for this detailed description of the tour. I just booked this for August and can’t wait! I also love taking pictures and want to bring my DSLR – is there a certain strap I should invest in ahead of time? I want to take my longer lens to get some animal close-ups. What kind of strap do they give you for your cellphone? Thanks!

There is no strap requirements, you just can’t take it off during the tour (until you’re at lunch). Just wear one that you are comfortable with both in terms of actual comfort and durability. I struggled with which lens to bring, since they only let you bring one. I opted for an 18-135 mm but I think a longer lens will be a good choice too.

The cellphone strap attaches to a vest that you wear and then the cellphone will fit into that vest pocket. The strap is long enough to pull out your phone and take photos. I didn’t have any issues with the strap, it’s basically there to keep guests from dropping their phone into animal areas, since it is attached to you.

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Guest Review: Wild Africa Trek (Plus Eats!) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Please welcome back guest author Alex Freeman, who’s brought us a review of the Wild Africa Trek featured at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. After getting an awesome view of the animals on the savanna, trekkers are treated to some wild eats! Jambo, Alex!

On December 27, my sisters and I took part in the Wild Africa Trek offered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Some of you are probably wondering why I am writing this review for a food blog, but this Disney tour includes a wonderful treat at the end .

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Great views await from The Boma!

Checking In

At least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time, you check-in at the Wild Africa Trek desk located to the left of Tusker House Restaurant . Even though I have been to Animal Kingdom many times, I did not know the area where the desk is located even exists.

There are outside tables for people who want to bring food from other quick service places and eat in a relatively quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

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Outdoor Seating

Once you check-in, you are reminded of the Trek conditions (you must be over the age of 8 and you must be between 45 and 310 lbs).

Also, you are given a waiver to sign, which not only covers a variety of medical situations, but also permission for Disney to use any pictures they take of you in their promotional materials.

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After everyone is checked-in (which was 11 people for our tour), you are greeted by your two Trek guides . Our Trek guides were named Lonnie and Paul and they were absolutely fantastic — hilarious, informative, and very friendly.

We followed both of our guides through a gate that led us to uncharted territory for the general public.

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Trek Guides!

In this area, you are given a locker to hold any of your personal belongings. You are not allowed to bring anything besides a camera (as long as it has a wrist strap that can be attached to your harness). Everything else, including your phone, must be stored in the locker.

You are then weighed and given a suitable harness, which they help attach to you. This harness includes a gear loop (which will attach you to the bridges), a souvenir water bottle (which you get to keep), and a headset so that you can hear both of the guides even when they are not right beside you. This headset was an absolute necessity when we were in the middle of a crowd.

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Get your Trek gear!

Once you are strapped to your harness, you are asked to practice walking across a suspension bridge . This bridge is much smaller and much lower to the ground then the real one in the “savanna,” but it is a practice bridge.

This way you can make sure that this tour is something that you can do, because you will definitely be going across multiple suspension bridges on this Trek.

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Sporting the Wild Africa Trek Gear.

Starting Your Trek!

You begin your tour by following your Trek guides through Harambe Village . This, especially during Christmas season, is somewhat tricky when you are trying to navigate 13 people through the crowds.

I will let you know that many people stare at you while you are walking through the crowds. Not only are you in a line of people wearing harnesses and headsets, but because the Trek guides are telling jokes through your headset you end up just laughing to yourself. I think a few people wondered where we were going and why we were laughing and talking to ourselves!

Lonnie told us where our end goal was, which was very helpful, because if you became separated you would know exactly where to go. And, the Trek guides count the group continuously throughout the trip so that they never accidentally leave someone behind.

Once we made it through Harambe Village, we walked through Pangani Forest Exploration . While walking through the trail, we didn’t stop to see any of the animals there, but the Trek guides explained interesting facts about the different animals. About halfway through the trail, we veered off the path and into the “forest”.

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Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

At this point, we also took our first group picture. While walking through the forest, you will know exactly why they tell you to wear closed-toed shoes . You are constantly trying to maneuver over roots and under branches. This is not a cleared pathway. It is actually like you are hiking through a real forest.

Our first real stop was with a researcher who was going to tell us all about hippos. Once we arrived there, the Trek guides help us attach our harnesses to a type of equipment that allowed us the ability to stand on a ledge over top the Hippopotamus area . This thing let us walk as close to the ledge as possible, and we met Nacho and three of his fellow hippos.

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Nacho Hippo! 😉

After the hippos, we went to the Crocodile area . This was absolutely amazing. Since we were harnessed, we could actually stand on a ledge about 10 feet above 20 crocodiles .

Did you know that all of the Disney crocs are males? They do not have any females because they are not interested in breeding them at this time.

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One of the coolest parts of this trek was being able to walk on an overhead rope bridge, which was about 30 feet in the air . Yes, this bridge is a Disney bridge, so it is completely safe and you are attached to a safety harness. But, we felt like we were actually walking over a rickety old bridge. Disney Magic!

Once we were done with the walking portion of the Trek, we boarded a private safari vehicle and drove through the Savannah.

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We stopped many times for private viewings of the animals , like the giraffe, the lions, and the elephants. The giraffe were right next to the vehicle, which was amazing!

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Finally, we made our way to the Boma (not the restaurant in Animal Kingdom Lodge, but an actual Boma on the savanna, which means “cooking place”), where we were given a “Taste of Africa.” This is when I actually get to the food portion of my review!

At the Boma, we were given Jungle Juice (the same juice you get at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma during breakfast), and tastes of many different types of food in a circular camp lunch container.

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Dining at the Boma.

In the top circle of our camp lunch, we had three small containers containing smoked meats , curried chicken salad , and ginger infused fruit . The smoked meats were very salty, but they were quite flavorful. It was a bit strange to eat them on their own.

The curried chicken salad was one of the best things that I tasted during this “Taste of Africa”. It had a wonderful flavor, but it was not an overwhelming curry taste. And, the chicken was cooked perfectly, not dry at all.

The Ginger Infused Fruit Salad was amazing as well. The fruit was refreshing, but it had a frozen feel to it, which is not the trek’s fault. They are just trying to keep the food cold throughout the entire trek.

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Food at the Boma.

In the bottom have of the camp lunch, we had three more containers — salmon roulade , tomato hummus and pita rounds , and shrimp .

The salmon roulade was flavorful and had a great texture. It was my sister’s favorite part of the meal, but the salad underneath the roulade was relatively flavorless.

The tomato hummus was amazing! I love hummus and this had a great roasted red pepper and tomato flavor, but it wasn’t overpowering. There was definitely enough hummus for the amount of pita rounds. And the pita rounds didn’t taste stale, even though they had to be chilled.

Finally, we received some spiced steamed shrimp. The shrimp were not spicy but they had a good flavor. The only problem with the shrimp were that some were frozen. The fruit and the shrimp must have been sitting too close to the ice in the coolers.

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Second Tin.

Finally, we received desserts. These desserts were three different mini tastes: there were two chocolate truffles and one shortbread cookie .

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While we were eating at the Boma, we were able to see the animals in the Savanna . We got to see two elephants playing! They were so adorable! And, we were able to see some lions hanging out on “pride rock”.

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Elephants Playing.

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Overall, I would recommend the Wild Africa Trek to anyone! It is a little pricey, since you have to buy a park ticket plus your Wild Africa Trek reservation. But, it is definitely well worth it. You get a behind the scenes tour of Disney’s savanna and you get a CD full of pictures mailed to your house to as a remembrance.

Editor’s Note: The Wild Africa Trek is currently priced at $189-$249 and can be booked at 407-WDW-TOUR.

Does the Wild Africa Trek in Disney’s Animal Kingdom sound like something you’d enjoy? Let us know in the comments below!


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This is on a Disney bucket list for sure. The food looks good but cold stuff messes with my teeth. But I love that it’s a full experience of animals and food and fun. Thanks for the awesome review!

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March 2, 2013 at 8:06 am

are you allowed to bring a SLR camera or just a point and shoot. those pictures look amazing.

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March 2, 2013 at 8:37 am

Thank you for this review! I agree with the above poster – it’s definitely on my Disney bucket list!

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March 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

I’m curious if children are given the same meal as the adults. Although my kids will eat a wide variety of things, I’m not sure they’d eat all those items.

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March 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I want to do this so badly, but I’d have to get Disney’s okay as I have a medical problem. I think that I’m going to have to write to them in detail and hope that they agree that I can do this as I believe that I can. I love animals and believe that this would be the experience of my life. Thanks for a wonderful review.

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March 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm

My family & I did the Trek in May. It was wonderful! Our daughter was the only child in our group. The guides made her feel special and answered ALL her questions. We requested no seafood or shellfish in our meals and there wasn’t a problem with our request. The food was amazing. There were adult and child’s meals.

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March 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I just saw yesterday that the check-in area for this has been moved to the FastPass distribution area for Kilimanjaro Safaris. (wdwmagic.com)

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March 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

What a great article. We’ve been wondering about this tour. Thanks for all your work and for the info.

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March 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

My husband did the tour for the 2nd time in October, My adult son, daughter in law and I went this time with him and we all loved it. We enjoyed our time at the Boma and the food was great. They advertise it as a ‘”snack”. You can bring an SLR camera, as long as it can be secured to the vest. My husband carries an Epi pen, and he had to give it to the guide to carry in his bag. They allow NOTHING in pockets or that can not be secured.

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March 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Do they still treat the tour as an “onstage” experience where the guides stay in character the whole time?

That and the cheesy script and gags between stations (not good cheesy like Jungle Cruise) were our biggest gripes when we did this tour in 2011. Back then the price (possibly promotional) was $129. Our meal was the same except we did not get the sweets at the end. The tour is (was?) worth doing once, especially for animal lovers. However, I’m not sure I’d recommend this tour as highly to readers of this site. The current peak cost is roughly 1.5 meals at V&A or 3 meals at a signature…

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March 2, 2013 at 7:19 pm

We just did this tour in Oct and I would looove to do it again. The food was great, the animals were amazing. Loved loved loved it and highly recommend. Funny story, I got an email from one of our fellow Trekkers. We had sat at the same table for a week on the Wonder and none of us recognized each ther until we looked through the fabulous cd of pics they send you. Small world.

Happy trails, Jennie

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March 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Hi, thank you for that review! My family and I are also thinking about doing the tour – looks like you did it in the afternoon? On the WDW website I only found times for the morning…what time did you go? I would prefer the afternoon because of the different food 😀 And do you know if they offer it in the afternoon every day?

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March 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Excellent post! We saw ads all over for this adventure on our vacay two weeks ago. When I saw the people onthe suspension bridge during our safari, I turned to my hubby and said we must do this on our next trip. Can’t wait to try this experience!

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March 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thanks for the review! We are considering this adventure and it sounds great.

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March 3, 2013 at 7:53 am

Hi, to answer some of the questions about the review. Sabrina, we did the tour at 1:15pm, which means that we were given “lunch” like snacks. From what I was told, if you do a morning tour, you are given a “breakfast” style snack. I believe, at least during peak times, they offer times throughout the morning and afternoon. I think that 1:15pm is one of the latest tour times, since the tour is 3 hours. Notchirs, our guides did not act like they were “onstage.” They told some jokes, but it was definitely just their personality not from a script, like the Jungle Cruise. We had two amazing tour guides!

March 3, 2013 at 10:23 am

Thank you Alex! So I could also ask for a 1:15 tour then…I know they also serve breakfast, but as the new website lists both meals, the lunch just sounded yummier – and possible more value for the money 😉

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March 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

I have a friend who can walk but uses a scooter for long distances, and he eats gluten-free for health reasons. He was able to take the tour successfully. He took actual movies of his tour as well as still photos (he has the type of camera that will do both). He went in the morning and said the gluten-free breakfast meal was very good, so if you have special dietary needs, don’t skip the tour because you’re afraid you’ll having nothing to eat. It is definitely more a light snack-type thing than a hearty meal, but they will accommodate you the same as they do in the restaurants.

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March 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Thanks for the review. It definitely is something we will do on our next trip. All the pictures are good but I love the picture of the giraffe.

Pardon me if I sound like one of “those people” but the lunch box is called a tiffin.

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June 4, 2013 at 12:32 am

Great review! This totally convinced us to go on the Wild Africa Trek! Question: what kind of (close-toed) shoes are sufficient? Are Converse okay or do you need something more hard core? Are your shoes going to get muddy? Also, are there going to be a lot of bugs or mosquitoes and do you need to wear bug spray and/or long sleeves for protection?

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June 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Esther — Converse should be fine. If it’s raining in Florida, you may get muddy 🙂 Also I doubt you’ll need long sleeves, though bug spray never hurts.

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July 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Does anyone know the website where you can get your pics? They used to do a photo CD, but are now transitioning to a website…

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September 30, 2013 at 6:12 am

I just booked this tour for me and my husband. We will be there the week of Halloween. I’ve been to Disney so many times that I decided this trip was going to be for doing the things I always wanted to do. Thank you for the review. I am so excited to do this tour! (We are also doing the Keys to the Kingdom tour the day before the Wild Africa Trek. For some reason, I have more excitement about this tour than the KttK tour!)

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March 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Awesome review! Thank you. You were obviously able to see many animals on your tour. I was thinking about going in the afternoon too because it is $106 cheaper then going in the morning but I was worried about not seeing any animals or it being too hot. Do you think it would be worth the extra money to book the morning tour? Also, any ideas on what I would buy to be able to use my SLR on the trek, someone said it needs to attach to the vest. Thank you 🙂

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February 3, 2020 at 4:58 pm

How can I get the recipe for the curry chicken salad? It was so good!!

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