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The park’s premier zoological attraction, Kilimanjaro Safaris offers an exceptionally realistic, albeit brief, imitation of an actual African photo safari. Thirty-two guests at a time board tall, open safari vehicles and are dispatched into a simulated African veldt habitat. Animals such as zebras, wildebeests, impalas, Thomson’s gazelles, giraffes, and even rhinos roam apparently free, while predators such as lions, as well as potentially dangerous large animals like hippos, are separated from both prey and guests by all-but-invisible, natural-appearing barriers. Although the animals have more than 100 acres of savanna, woodland, streams, and rocky hills to call home, careful placement of water holes, forage, and salt licks ensures that the critters are hanging out by the road when safari vehicles roll by.

Having traveled in Kenya and Tanzania, I (Bob) will tell you that Disney has done an amazing job of replicating the sub-Saharan east-African landscape. The main difference that an east African would notice is that Disney's version is greener and, generally speaking, less barren. As on a real African safari, what animals you see, and how many, is pretty much a matter of luck. We've experienced Kilimanjaro Safaris upwards of 100 times and had a different experience on each trip.

Winding through the Safaris is Disney’s Wild Africa Trek, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Animal Kingdom that takes you through much of the Kilimanjaro Safaris' animal enclosures. As you drive past the hippo pool or over the crocodile pool, look up for a series of rope bridges towering far above the ground. You may see Trekkers on tour.

Touring Tips

Kilimanjaro Safaris is Animal Kingdom’s number-two draw behind Expedition Everest. This is good news: By distributing guests more evenly throughout the park, Expedition Everest makes it unnecessary to run to Kilimanjaro Safaris first thing in the morning.

Our Animal Kingdom touring plan has you obtain afternoon FastPass+ reservations for the safaris. This gives you plenty of time to eat a relaxing lunch and experience the park's nature exhibits.

Waits for Kilimanjaro Safaris diminish in late afternoon, sometimes as early as 3:30 p.m. but more commonly somewhat later. As noted previously, Kilimanjaro Safaris is a FastPass+ attraction. If the wait exceeds 30 minutes when you arrive, by all means use FastPass+ if they're available.

If you want to take photos, be advised that the vehicle isn’t guaranteed to stop at any location, although the drivers try their best to do so when big animals are sighted. Be prepared to snap at any time. Also, don’t worry about the ride itself: It really isn’t very rough. Finally, the only thing that a young child might find intimidating is crossing an “old bridge” that seems to collapse under your truck.

Kilimanjaro Safaris Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Kilimanjaro Safaris when you visit on a day with a given Disney's Animal Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Kilimanjaro Safaris Wait Times.

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Disney Imagineers revamped the Safaris’ finale to bring in a new zebra enclosure in 2012, but the zebras were only there a few months before being replaced with addax antelope. Why? Apparently zebras are fond of two things: fighting and making more zebras. Neither of those activities went over well with parents who’d brought their kids on the ride.

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