If you know anything about Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you probably know that it is not a zoo – it’s a theme park. While you can see so many different animals while visiting the theme park as a guest, if you are interested in checking out the animals in a more close-up fashion, consider taking the optional Wild Africa Trek at the Animal Kingdom. I had the chance to take the tour while at the Disney Social Media Moms conference, and I loved the experience. Note that my experience was complimentary during the conference, but all opinions are my own.
Review: Wild Africa Trek – Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort
The Wild Africa Trek is a VIP tour experience, offered at a additional price. Valid theme park admission is required, so it’s probably best to combine the Wild Africa Trek with a trip to the Animal Kingdom park. The Wild Africa Trek cost is currently $189-$249, although prices are always subject to change. This does not include the theme park admission.
We started our Wild Africa Trek by getting loaded up with gear. You can’t bring anything that isn’t attached to you, so purses, cell phones, keys, etc have to be locked up in the provided lockers. Clip-on water bottles and sunglass holders are provided. After putting on your vest and clips, you’ll look, and feel just like you are about to embark on a safari.
The trek is led by experienced guides who also take PhotoPass photos during the entire trip, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your good camera with you on the journey. Photos are complimentary. The guides on my trek were true professionals – extremely friendly and knowledgeable – the perfect combo.
On the three-hour trek, we were harnessed above hippos, crossed several rope bridges while harnessed, and rode in a safari vehicle to get an up-close view of the savannas. Then, as a treat at the end, we sat in a shaded boma where we could watch the animals while having a really delicious snack.
I’d definitely recommend the Disney Wild Africa Trek if you are looking for something different to do at the Animal Kingdom. It is expensive, but you do get a great tour, a delicious snack, and the photos for your trip.
To book, call (407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687. Visit the Disney website for more information, including the height and weight requirements.
The trek was included as part of the Disney Social Media Moms Conference.
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