This review of Disney’s Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will show you why you should book a tour on your next Disney World Vacation!
Having traveled to Disney World many times throughout the years, my family likes to switch things up and do a few extra special things to make each Disney Vacation even more magical. On our last trip to Disney World, we booked one of Disney’s special tours—The Wild Africa Trek in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
The Wild Africa Trek is a privately guided VIP expedition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Each tour is limited to a small group. My dad really wanted to do this tour after our previous trip. I’m really glad that he suggested that we do this tour!
We booked our tour as soon as we could and we opted for a morning tour, just incase the afternoon was too hot for us. At the time of booking, I specified that I was vegan, which wouldn’t be a problem at all! I just love how Disney is so accommodating to different diets.
We arrived to Animal Kingdom and headed straight to Harambe Village. The check-in for the tour is right next to the entrance for the Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Once we checked in, we were given a locker to put all of our belongings into, even our magic bands! Anything that could fall off had to go into the locker. We were also given all of our gear at check-in. We each received a name tag, water bottle, an ear piece, and we were fitted for a vest that gets attached to a harness.
The harness is a snug fit. It is really important to keep the harness really tight throughout the whole trek. My dad was so excited for the Wild Africa Trek for months! He couldn’t wait to explore the Savannah.
Once everyone in the group was safely in their harness, we were introduced to our tour guides, took a group picture, and learned a few words in Swahili. It was finally time to start our 3 hour trek!
The trek starts off by walking the Pangani Forest Trail before entering a special area.
We were soon walking by the hippos! The guide talked about the hippos as she fed them lettuce.
It was really neat getting up close and personal with the hippos.
After seeing the hippos, we continued walking and crossed over two bridges. After crossing, we got to see the crocodiles. They were all resting and taking it easy.
After our trek in the woods, we left the Savannah on a special vehicle. Our guide talked about Animal Kingdom’s conservation efforts and how they focus on animal rehabilitation and recuses.
wild africa trek snack on the savannah
After our guided tour along the Savannah, we stopped a Boma—an open aired private pavilion. We received tins with our African inspired snacks.
You’ll receive different items depending if you are on a morning or afternoon tour.
I loved everything in the tin! Everything was so fresh and light. All of the food is specially prepared for the Trek and isn’t available at other places—making this tour even more magical.
We were also served Jungle Juice, also known as POG juice at Ohana. I’m not a big juice person, but this juice is fantastic!
After eating, we were able to explore the area and take in the breathtaking views. So beautiful!
After our stop a the Boma, we headed back to where we started. At the end of the trek, you get to decided what area funds will be donated to the Disney Conservation fund.
complimentary photo service
While on your journey through the Harambe Reserve, a photographer will be capturing all the exciting moments of the the trek! At the end of the tour, you’ll receive a photo code that will allow you to access the images.
would i recommend this tour?
I would highly recommend this tour! We had such an incredible experience exploring the Savanah. The tour guides are extremely knowledgable and willing to answer any questions, especially how the animals are treated. If you are interested in learning more about conservation, this Trek is perfect for you!
important information to know:
- Theme park admission isn’t included with the price of the Wild Africa Trek. You must purchase both.
- Each participant must be 8 years or older
- Depending on the season, the price varies from $189-$249
- Closed toe shoes are required
- The trek is 3 hours long
- For booking information visit Disney’s website.
Have you done Disney’s Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? I would love to know if you enjoyed the tour as much as we did!
This is my experience from our Wild Africa Trek in January 2018.