If you are someone who is fascinated by wildlife, but is not a fan of zoos or circuses, then Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge may be just the place for you! We just returned from our 6th visit to Disney and our 4th stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Animal Kingdom Lodge still remains our favorite hotel.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to the The Harambe Wildlife Reserve which is an 110-acre sanctuary dedicated to the protection of African wildlife. When you go on the Kilimanjaro Safari at the reserve, you are taken through in an open-air vehicle which lets you have a great view. The reserve boasts over 34 types of African wildlife, which seem to be roaming free. Even though you are not really in Africa, the landscapes are done so beautifully and the animals truly look at home. There is a chart in the truck to help you with animal identification, and the guides are also knowledgeable. The tour is slightly different each time you take it; you never know what animals you will see!
At the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can get a room with a savanna view. The hotel’s four savannas are home to over 200 hoofed animals and birds. Rooms include a guide with pictures and names of the animals. It’s fun to see how many you can spot during your stay. The first time we stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge, our kids were 4 and 6. They are now 15 and 17 and enjoyed seeing the animals just as much this time as they did the first time. My husband and I also always enjoy the view. The savanna’s atmosphere is peaceful and natural.
Click through the gallery below to enjoy some of the sights you might see if you are lucky enough to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Animal Kingdom Lodge.
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