Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest might get the lion’s share of attention from thrill-seeking visitors to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but Kilimanjaro Safaris—the park’s original headliner—is still king of the E-Tickets in our book, thanks to its awe-inspiring cast of live residents. You might not be able to take a ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris right now in reality, but you can do the next best thing with our new back-row POV video of the entire Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction!
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Animal Kingdom’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 vehicles and are dispatched into a simulated African veldt habitat.
Animals such as 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 watering holes, forage, and salt licks ensures that the critters are hanging out by the road when safari vehicles roll by.
Disney has done an amazing job of replicating the sub-Saharan east-African landscape. As on a real African safari, what animals you see, and how many, is pretty much a matter of luck, so you’ll have a different experience on each trip.
We rate Kilimanjaro Safaris as five stars, and consider it a not-to-be-missed element of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Right now, you can see it for yourself with this complete point-of-view video of the ride, shot from the back row for some unusual perspectives on this epic attraction:
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