Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom
To trek or not to trek that is the question? And I say trek! Disney's Wild Africa Trek was worth every penny, above the required park admission, and I had such an amazing time. Now this trek may not be for everyone, but for those guests who choose to partake you must be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other health conditions that could be aggravated by the adventure. Expectant mothers should not participate. Also, guests must be 8 years of age, (minors need to be accompanied by an adult 18+), at least 48 inches tall and weigh between 45 and 300 pounds (with the safety harness on). This information will be verified before the start of your Wild Africa Trek l. Check-in is located in the Africa section of Disney's Animal Kingdom next to the Kilimanjaro Safaris Entrance. For guests attending the trek, before park opening (typically the 8:00 and 8:45 AM departures), a Wild Africa Trek Guide will meet you at the Main Entrance, near Guest Relations.
After check-in, a locker will be provided to you (for your personal belongings), a wrist strap for guests that would like to bring their camera phones, (no camera, no problem photos are included) and get you fitted for and strapped into one of the safety harnesses (pictured left).
After a group photo and a small hike, we arrived at the hippos. Where we were clipped into a pulley system, allowing us to get closer to the edge of the enclosure so that we could better observe the hippos being fed and learned about their history at Animal Kingdom.
From there, we proceeded to cross the suspension bridge, which provides a bird's eye view of additional hippos and Nile Crocodiles, before harnessing once again into a pulley system to get a closer look at the Nile Crocodiles and hear about their history.
On a side note I must say that I'm a little afraid of heights, but not once did I feel uncomfortable (while strapped into the harness) getting close to an edge or crossing the bridge high up in the air. After viewing the Nile Crocodiles, it was time to ditch the harnesses and move onto the savannah in our very own
Once on the savannah, for our remaining hour of the trek, our safari vehicle was able to pull off onto separate side roads, so that we could obtain better photos and observe the various animal's living there longer than you could on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
While on the savannah we stopped for an amazing lunch, (included in the experience) to enjoy, 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 (Menu differs on the early morning Treks) before finally heading off to observe the lions and return to the home base to retrieve our belongings and obtain our photo pass card (to download photos later).
I had an amazing time on the Wild Africa Trek and would recommend this 3-hour tour for guests who would like to have a more intimate experience (space limited).
For additional information, dates and times please visit: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/animal-kingdom/wild-africa-trek/