The Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an amazing adventure. It may not be suited for everyone, but if you’re up for heights, rough terrain, good food and a lot of animal sightings, the Wild Africa Trek might be just what you are looking for. In my first article I told you about our awe inspiring view and accommodations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House DVC Villa. To help cap off the trip most of the crew planned a tour of a lifetime, the Wild Africa Trek, located next to the Kilimanjaro Safaris.
There are some things to consider before you go. First is price. At a cost of $189 – $250 per person plus park admission, depending on time of year, it can be a pricey tour, especially if you have a large family. There is not a discounted rate for children, however you can receive a 15% discount if you are a DVC member, Disney Visa Cardholder, or Annual Passholder. Alternatively, at certain times of year you can also take advantage of a $50 discount (but not both discounts together). The tour can be scheduled 180 days in advance. For your money you will get a 3 hour guided tour with two guides/photographers and a driver, a light meal out on the savanna, a water bottle, and a photo package. Next is age, weight, and height. To participate in the tour you must be at least 8 years old, 48 inches tall, and weigh 45-300 pounds. The restrictions are in place so that the safety gear fits comfortably and works properly. Rough Terrain. This tour is not a stroll through the park, or just a ride in a truck, however a ride in a truck is included. Lastly is footwear. You will be climbing small hills, through brush, over suspension bridges, and steps that require appropriate footwear, such as sneakers. If this doesn’t sound fun to you, you might want to look into one of the many other tours available in the Disney Parks.
We did an 11:30 am tour, however there are tours throughout the day. If you have scheduled an 8:00 am tour, you will be met by a guide at the far left of the turn styles at the front of Animal Kingdom park. The rest of the days tours will meet at the Wild Africa Trek check-in point just to the right of the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride entrance. When you arrive you will be asked to stow belongings in a locker, weighed, fitted with a vest equiped with safety gear and a tether, given a water bottle, and bug spray, if desired. After everyone has arrived, they take approximately 12 guests on every tour, you get a briefing on the days events and head out to see the hippos, stopping along the way to make note of various animals.
After climbing through the brush of Animal Kingdom, crossing two suspension bridges, and observing many amazing animals, you will be helped into a safari vehicle, and taken through the savanna to see some more animals, and end up at your dining facility, located in the middle of the savanna. Meals vary depending on time of day and age, kids meals are more suited for their taste buds.
When asked what the best time of day for the tour is, they will tell you all times of day are great. But if its raining, don’t hesitate going, as the animals love to come out in the rain! Also, there is a 2 day cancellation policy, where you will forfeit your prepaid expense if you decide not to go.
The Wild Africa Trek is an Amazing adventure for families with tweens and teens. I highly recommend taking the time on your next Walt Disney World Vacation to check it out.
A little about me. Hello I am Disney Mom Samantha McKie. I come to you from Central New York, and have been doing Disney most of my life. With approximately 14 trips under my belt, 8 of them since becoming DVC members in 2009, many friends and family come to us for planning help. This is why I jumped when given the opportunity to plan trips professionally. Now I work with Mouse Counselors, and I love what I do! You can also find me on Facebook, and Instagram.