Wild Ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

When my family visits Disney and other amusement parks we tend to gravitate toward the wild rides. You know the ones that drop you, spin you, and race around on a track. However, I wasn’t prepared for the wild ride I would get on my most recent visit to Disney Animal Kingdom in Orlando. I’ll be honest and say that we went on this attraction because I was tired and wanted to sit down for a while. What I didn’t realize is just how much my family would enjoy the safari ride.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

We boarded onto a jeep with some other adventurers and a rather humorous guide, then headed out onto the wildlife preserve to see a variety of native African species. This safari made us feel as if we had been transported to a 100 acre wild African savannah. I was so impressed by the beautiful, natural habit provided to the animals and was amazed by how close our jeep got to some of the animals. I was able to get some pretty amazing pictures like the ones below.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

While on safari you will encounter the white rhino, black rhino and hippos.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

These beautiful sable antelope have striped horns.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

I didn’t want to get any closer to these hungry crocodiles!

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

This adorable giraffe seemed to be having a snack up in the trees.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

At one point during our ride we had to stop for a couple of giraffes meandering down the trail.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

This elephant family was one of the sweetest sights on the safari.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

Pink Flamingoes inhabit a tiny island that legend says is in the form of a “Hidden Mickey”.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

Cheetahs… here kitty, kitty, kitty.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

I just love this shot of some Ostrich eggs.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

The mama Ostrich was just a few steps away, carefully keeping close watch over her eggs.

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney Animal Kingdom

We didn’t get a glimpse of the lions this day, and I am not surprised since the reportedly sleep up to 20 hours per day. We did get to see many other beautiful creatures of the wild, and I look forward to going on safari again during my next visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Kilimanjaro Safaris is located on the edges of Harambe, the African village in Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The jeep is covered and has some padding on the seats, making for a comfortable ride. FASTPASS is available for this attraction.

Disclosure: I rode this attraction while attending the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, and received discounted rates and tickets to various events and attractions. All opinions are my own.

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  1. says

    This looks magical!! It brings back memories from my childhood… I know we did something like this. Those are great animal pics you got there!!

  2. says

    I toured that same jungle last year! I loved it and especially enjoyed all of the pictures I cam home with. A photographer’s dream place!

  3. says

    i toured that jungle with Lolli last year. but this is my most favorite ride in all of disney i think– its just awesome. and different every time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. says

    Now this looks fantastic! I love zoos and I’m also not much on the thrill rides myself, so this looks more my speed. LOL!

  5. says

    I love how realistic this journey is. I’ve really been to Africa and when we took this ‘safari’ at DW I was reminded so much of my trip to Africa.

  6. lisa lo says

    Nice place I agree. I lived in Orlando when they were building this. The tree of life was a nice part of A.K. too.

  7. Jo-Ann Brightman says

    I have heard other great reports about Animal Kingdom and if we ever get to Disney in Orlando I know that we would want to go on this safari ride – probably more than once!

  8. Tammy S says

    Your pictures are amazing! You really got some great shots of all the different wild life. By the looks of this it would be a must on our list of to do items.

  9. says

    Some very nice pictures. I don’t think I’ve seen Ostrich eggs as they are in the wild. It looks like they don’t really make a “nest” for them.

  10. says

    Kilimanjaro Safaris is Disney at its finest. They take an amazing experience and make it even better. I admit I’m not the biggest zoo fan (of course Animal Kingdom is “Not a Zoo”), but I love the safari. It’s just so natural. I have found that sometimes the only way to see the lions is to turn around after you’ve gone by. They do like to hide up there.

  11. ANN*H says

    Really good pictures that you took . Very close ups of the animals. The only zoo I been too you had to walk all around to see all of the animals. Riding would be so much easier since Im unable to walk very far. Looks like everyone had a fun time on the safari . thanks for the pics and info.

  12. Christina Kelbel says

    That is very neat, I love things like that. Giraffes have to be my fave, but the hippos are cute too.

  13. Alison P says

    I have been on that ‘ride’ and it is quite bumpy, but at least you are sitting down. It gives you a great view of the animals and most you are pretty close to them. You have to get there pretty early to see some of the animals because it is so hot during the day – and it doesn’t surprise me that you didn’t see the lions – that is pretty rare. I am glad you enjoyed it and that is one of the first things I want to do when and if I go back to Animal Kingdom, thanks for sharing!

  14. says

    Walt Disney World is near me in Orlando and when I was younger It made such a big impact on me I always wanted to go there its really busy. These are great pictures. Thank you, Jerri Davis

  15. Teresa Chapman says

    I was pleasantly surprised by the Kilimanjaro Safari as well, though a little bumpy, it was a lot of fun and we saw some beautiful animals. I love your pictures, I was so excited to see the animals so close I forgot to take pictures till the end!

  16. Rosie says

    I wasn’t really interested in Disney until I saw this post – wow!!! And the critters all look very happy in their kingdom – what a blast to get so close to the animals and ride along like you are in a real safari. fun!

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