Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom
I was given the opportunity to roam with wild animals on this 3-hour safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. It was an unforgettable experience that I would do again and again.
What is the Wild Africa Trek?
A privately guided VIP expedition offering close encounters with exotic African wildlife in their native habitat. The trek is 3 hours long and consists of walking through a portion of the Animal Kingdom park, walking through the forest (of Africa of course!), venturing across two shaky rope bridges over alligators and hippos, riding inside a safari vehicle, and relaxing at a secluded area on the savannah.
MEET OUR GUIDES:
Jason and Joe were great guides on our trek. They were knowledgeable, friendly, and kept the trek fun with a some humor thrown in throughout. They were with us throughout taking photos, checking and rechecking safety equipment, and guiding us through the terrain.
MEET OUR CRAZY GROUP:
Once we were harnessed and all safety measures were checked, we were on our way. We were provided water and a listening device so we could hear the leader at all times. I HIGHLY recommend sunglasses + sunscreen!
First we headed through the park and learned about monkeys. Fun fact: The difference between a monkey and an ape – monkeys have tails, apes don’t! After our visit with the monkeys, we headed over to the bird sanctuary and learned about the different bird species.
Next, we went off the beaten path and behind the scenes where the park guests are not permitted without the tour/VIP access. We headed through the forest of Africa where we learned facts about the landscape and terrain as well as the animals that live in this part of the world.
We met a friend along the way and watched as he ate his lunch. This big hippo shares a space with another hippo who was not in the mood to come and visit us. But this guy was ready to eat and show off his huge mouth and teeth. Amazing creature! During this part of the journey, we were harnessed in for safety and stood a few feet from the ledge of the hippos home. There is no fence or gate to obstruct your view which is a real treat. You can get very close to the edge without any worries as you are secured safely to the harness. Great time for some pictures.
Next we crossed a rope bridge. As you can see I was focused on my footing here. But I took my time across and took quite a few breaks to look out at the beautiful view and the hippos below.
Here you can get a better look at the length of the bridges we crossed. There are TWO bridges. One takes you over the hippos. The second takes you over the crocodiles.
If this looks scary to you, I promise it is very safe. As soon as you step on the first board, you can tell how sturdy the entire bridge is. There is a very secure safety netting if you happen to lose your balance. So you will not be dangling. You are harnessed, on a secure bridge, with a secure safety net and handrails. Not to mention the best guides around.
Once you finish the bridges, you get a closer look at the crocodiles. Once again, you are harnessed in and can walk to the edge of the crocodiles home. If you are nervous, you can stand back as far as you would like. No pressure at all through this trip.
Next you board a safari vehicle for a closer look at more animals. Along your journey be on the lookout for giraffe, elephants, zebra, and so much more wildlife.
You then arrive at a secluded area in the savannah to eat an exotic lunch (or breakfast if you come in the morning hours). An example afternoon menu:
- 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
Then it’s off to see more animals in your safari vehicle. On this last leg of the trek you can view lions, cheetahs, and more. The driver will pull over at select spots and everyone has a chance to use binoculars to get an even better look at these amazing animals.
Find out more information and book your Wild Africa Trek HERE.
After learning so much about these amazing animals mentioned above and more, and learning about all the endangered species and conservation projects going out throughout the world, I highly encourage you to consider making a contribution to one of the many conservation funds and help save an animals life!
Be sure to go see MONKEY KINGDOM in theaters NOW. If you can get to the theater by this Thursday, April 23rd, a portion of your ticket will help an endangered animal. You will love this heartwarming movie:
MONKEY KINGDOM is NOW IN THEATERS!!
Be sure to see Monkey Kingdom opening week (April 17 – 23)! By purchasing tickets during opening week, Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Projects support programs across Indonesia, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka.
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