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Think “Jungle Cruise” on land, with fewer corny jokes... and actual live animals. You’ll ride in bus-like, open-air, all-terrain vehicles through part of the park’s 110-acre Harambe Wildlife Reserve, where you might see up to 34 species of African animals, including rhinos, lions, giraffes, and hippos. Disney has cleverly hidden the barriers that separate most species, allowing your tour to drive through what looks like open African wilderness. Visit early in the morning to see the most action — many of the animals are napping by mid-day.
The GOOD: An incredibly unique attraction that you cannot experience at even the best of zoos. Recently, the animals are even more visible (especially in the evening) and the immersion is incredible.
This is truly the star of Animal Kingdom. I can't get over how unique and awesome this safari really is! The tour guides know everything about the animals and it doesn't sound like a script. There are so many animals you will see along the way. Elephants, giraffes, crocodiles, monkeys, hippopotamuses, lions, cheetahs, ostriches, and zebras to only name just a few! This ride is a very bumpy adventure that actually feels like you're in Africa. I just love the uniqueness of this attraction. This is one of the best rides at WDW. While it is neat to go on a night safari, you really can't see as many animals as you can in the daytime version. It also lacks a storyline, it used to have one but was viewed as lazy so it now doesn't have one. Set them aside, Kilimanjaro Safaris is truly a theme park experience, and there is nothing quite like seeing all of your favorite zoo animals in their natural habitat right in front of you. It's just so immersive. 10/10
Relaxing ride with beautiful live animals. The narrator on my last trip sounded, well, I can't really say unless I want to get banned, so I won't say.
Loved it. The immersion of the attraction is just amazing. The land that houses it and the queue build up the ride perfectly, and the safari itself feels like an actual African safari. The animals walk around with no borders, and they feel so natural in their environments. The length is great as well. It is the star attraction of Animal Kingdom. 10/10
Do it in the morning, the animals are more active. This ride was so much fun, I did see all the animals and they were out enjoying themselves! MUST-DO in Animal Kingdom!
This safari is epic. You get up really close to the animals, and there are a lot of animals. I've been to the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park, and Kilimanjaro beats both of them by a longshot. My one problem with this ride is that it is sometimes hard to see the animals because of the seats. If you are not seated on the edge, then a lot of times it is difficult to view the wildlife, especially if you are a kid. 9/10
SOOOOOO MUCH FUN!
We never miss an opportunity to go on Kilomanjaro Safari. Every ride is different depending on what the animals are doing. There have been a few changes in preparation for night safaris, but none that take away from the attraction. It is educational, fun, and a great way to practice your long distance photography skills. Definitely take advantage of the the Fastpass system to expedite your wait.
After reading some of these reviews I agree with them...
Love it. The ride is nice, rough, and bumpy, and the animals and their environment are top notch. 10/10, especially since they got rid of that ridiculous Little Red/poacher part.
The animals are always great and fun to watch, but the ride suffers from two major flaws. The first is that most of the hosts have no energy. They might as well have the script in their hands. It's become very rare to have a driver who is engaging. The other flaw is the removal of the poachers subplot. The poachers subplot was always fun for me because it added an extra level of depth to the ride. Now it's just a long Jungle Cruise with live animals. I wouldn't dart over to this ride at rope drop, but it's worth riding if you have time.