Kilimanjaro Safaris reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Kilimanjaro Safaris, a tour in Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Written by Robert Niles
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 — most of the animals are napping by mid-day.
Love this !! - Owen Scott
Our tour guide was terrific. She didn't sound like she was talking from a script. It sounded like she would see an animal, position the vehicle so everyone could see, and then present facts in an interesting way. It seemed to me that she was enjoying herself, the same as me. - Jeff Krinock
My driver on this ride looked very bord and did not put motivation in to the narriation. The ride was long and borring but the animals were great. 4/10 - Jaiden Cohen
I actually rate this safari better than the one at Busch Gardens. More animals to see, and a lot more pictures to take. The area in which the animals live is also much more attractive! A ride that needs to be done first thing in the morning though as many animals find shade when it gets warmer. Brilliant safari that lasts a good amount of time too. A must do for every visit to Animal Kingdom - James McGee
The bumpiness of this ride is painful. The drivers also go to fast to enjoy the animals and the beautiful environment. Very disappointing for an animal lover. - O T
So they removed the Little Red portion of the ride which gave it the conflict/something going terribly wrong element that is essential to most Disney attractions. I was initially on board with this: isn't the fact that we're on an African safari in central Florida enough novelty and excitement? But a part of me was left still wanting to kick some poacher butt. The ride is still one of the best theme park experiences in the world. Each ride is a different experience; the cast member spiels and jokes, however, don't change as much. The variability of experiences means there's no set rating, but it's never short of "good." - Chris C.
I had a great time on this ride and got to see several animals in very close range. I'm sure the experience depends significantly on what animals are visible that day, but that makes it seem even more natural and exciting in my opinion. The safari ride feels like a shorter version of an attraction you travel to go on all by itself, but when you put the safari together in a park with roller coasters and seamlessly incorporate the animals it makes it extremely impressive. (10/10) - Lexi R
Beats the pants off the tour they're doing in the Wild Animal Park in San Diego these days. - Jacob Sundstrom
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