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A week prior to my trip down to Disney World this August I came across a tour that takes place at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park. If you are interested in hippopotamuses, crocodiles, and scary rope bridges keep reading. The Wild Africa Trek is a special tour offered at Animal Kingdom for an additional fee. The cost for the tour varies on the season and time that you will be going. A discount of $50 off is also available until October for tour times beginning at 11:45 AM. I decided to try out this tour on my recent trip to Florida and it was a complete success.

I decided to take the 11:45AM tour on a Friday morning to get the discounted rate. (Florida heat in the beginning of August was brutal at this time, but honestly it was manageable) The total price for this experience was $148. (I asked about Annual Pass discounts and they do currently offer any) I arrived for the tour 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start to gear up for the trip. A water bottle is included in the price and you are able to fill it up throughout the course. It is important to note that there is a weight requirement along with closed toed shoes for this tour. More specific requirements can be found at Wild Africa Trek.

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I was apprehensive to take the tour solo at first but after gearing up in our safety harnesses and talking with the others in the group my nerves faded. First off, we took some group photos and then we were off to see some animals. We first saw the hippopotamuses and there is an expert there on the animals for the group to ask questions.

Photo courtesy Tom Bricker

Photo courtesy Tom Bricker

Next, after more walking we took to the bridges. When I say bridges I don’t mean your typical bridge. It’s more like an obstacle course because the bridges are missing planks and even cross above crocodiles. Yes, crocodiles! Don’t worry though Disney is completely aware of your safety at all times and you are tied to a harness.

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After more walking and meeting with the crocodile expert you will head out on your own safari vehicle. (Much like the safari trucks in Kilimanjaro Safaris) but more intimate. The off road vehicle can also get up closer to the animals for optimal viewing.

Photo courtesy Erin Foster @ Disney Food Blog

Photo courtesy Erin Foster @ Disney Food Blog

Photo courtesy Erin Foster @ Disney Food Blog

Photo courtesy Erin Foster @ Disney Food Blog

After seeing some animals you will be escorted to a special lunch where you will eat African cuisine. Depending on the time of your tour the menu will vary. I am a very picky eater and I thought the food was delicious! (The juice from Tusker House is also available. Yum!) After lunch on your private savanna viewing area, you head back into the vehicle to observe more animals.

Photo courtesy the Disney Company

Photo courtesy the Disney Company

My favorite part of the tour is that Disney takes all the pictures for you and they are included in the price of the experience for you to download. The pictures turned out fantastic. I could not have picked a better tour. It was worth every penny and I would recommend to anyone looking to experience something different at Animal Kingdom. This tour could get expensive for a family to take part in but do not be discouraged to go solo as the tour guides made me feel included at all times. I have just given you a glimpse of this tour so feel free to visit the website linked above for more information regarding specifics. See you at the parks!


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Paul Little is the founder and president of the DVC Rental Store

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