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|Opening Date: April 22nd, 1998|
|Ride Length: 20 minutes||Minimum Height: N/A|
|Handicapped Access: ECV users must transfer to a regular wheelchair. Handheld captioning, video captioning, assistive listening and audio description devices available.|
|Fastpass: Yes||Rider Swap: Yes|
|Attraction Type(s): Tour|
Kilimanjaro Safaris takes you on a tour through Disney's real, working Savannah.
The queue area for the contains TV screens overhead, explaining the problems of poaching, and how its causing animals to become extinct. Disney takes an active roll in trying to re-populate endangered species, and keeps many of them here at the Animal Kingdom. After going through the queue area, you board a large tour bus with open sides, and are taken by your driver through to the first savannah area.
During your tour, your guide will point out different wildlife around the truck and slow down at points so you can get a good look, and get some great photos. The savannah features 34 different species of birds, antelopes, black rhinos, white rhinos, warthogs, ostrich, giraffes, zebras, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, baboons, white-bearded wildebeests, lions, cheetahs, dama gazelles, antelopes and many, many more.
Until March 2012, a story line was used during the tour. The story was that "Little Red", a young African Elephant has been stolen by poachers and that you had to help "Wilson", the Harambe Wildlife Preserve officer find and capture them. Disney started removing the story in March 2012 and have confirmed that the area used for this part of the tour would be replaced with a Zebra exhibit. The tour will stay open for the duration of the works as it will not affect any of the main savannah views.
We highly recommend taking this fantastic tour. The tour gets very busy during most days, so we recommend getting there early. Most animals are moved away from view late in the afternoon, so try and visit before 3:30 PM to avoid disappointment.
Guests with neck or back problems shouldnt ride as it gets very, very bumpy. You'll also find taking photos hard due to the tour bus shaking about so much. Most drivers will stop to allow you to take photos of the more popular animals.
Guests may also be interested in asking about 'Wild Aftica Trek', a behind the scenes tour that takes you through the animal enclosures.