It’s always been a dream of mine to go on a real African safari. I want to see giraffes roaming the savannah, elephants trumpeting while they cover themselves in mud, or maybe a lioness basking in the sun on a rock, Lion King style. I want to see a bloat of hippos (yep, that’s what you call a group of them) floating in a lake, a cheetah with gorgeous spots, and giant crocodiles on the banks of a river. Africa is definitely a dream travel destination, but for now, I’ve found a little something to tide me over until that mega bucket list trip happens.
Located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Wild Africa Trek is a great way to visit “Africa” without having to leave the country. Your adventure starts with friendly cast members offering you a refreshing glass of POG (pineapple orange guava) juice before fitting you into your safari vest and harness. Yep, it’s serious business. After stowing your belongings in a locker (a camera and water are the only items recommended on the trip) your group will do a little intro activity then you’ll be off on a 3 hour safari trek through the Safi River Valley.
A knowledgeable tour guide will fill your brain with fun facts and lesser known tidbits about the animals as well as point out the flora, fauna and funny stuff that happens in the heart of Africa… I mean Orlando. The Wild Africa Trek makes you feel like you’re on a vacation within your vacation. As you listen to your guide call to hippos, cross suspension bridges over crocodiles, and watch giraffes nuzzling under an acacia tree, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled to another part of the world. The Wild Africa Trek allows for great photo opportunities that could easily convince your Facebook friends and Twitter followers that you were actually staying in a bungalow on the Serengeti.
The tour includes a gourmet African inspired meal while you sit under a covered patio on the savannah and gaze at rhinos, giraffes, and long horned ankoles. You’ll also have the opportunity to use one of the cutest park restrooms I have ever seen! When your adventure is over, the group will be taken back to return safari vests and grab stored belongings. The Wild Africa Trek is an experience you won’t soon forget. Especially since as you leave, you’ll be handed a CD full of the amazing images that your group photographer took along the way.
Check out the slide show below to see my Wild Africa Trek experience. For more information including how to reserve your trek, pricing, age requirements, scheduled dates/times and a special Summer offer, please visit the Disney Parks official Wild Africa Trek webpage.
Do you plan on taking the Wild Africa Trek on your next visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Or have you already taken the tour? Would love to hear about your experience in the comments below!