Disney’s Wild Africa Trek: A ‘Must Do’ Experience #MonkeyKingdomEvent #DisneySide

by Carrie with Children with 1 comment

During my recent visit to Walt Disney World surrounding the festivities for Disneynature’s newest film, Monkey Kingdom, I had the opportunity to participate in the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney's Wild Africa Trek View from Savanna
This guided, three-hour tour is limited to groups of 12 people, allowing for an up close and intimate safari tour. The adventure begins with a short hike through the Pangani Forest, then on to a harnessed walk across rope bridges suspended high above hippos and crocodiles.

From there, it’s on to a fun safari truck ride through the savanna where you have an up close look at the animals.  After the truck ride, it is time to enjoy a peaceful break at the safari camp and I loved every minute of it.

Here’s why I think the Wild Africa Trek is a ‘can’t miss’ opportunity at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Wild Africa Trek Group Photo

 A Unique View of the Park

With groups limited to only twelve people, I loved the intimate setting and being able to comfortably chat with our safari guides. They were extremely knowledgeable of both the park and the animals too.

And the ultimate unique view included walking across the rope bridges and glancing below to see crocodiles and hippos underneath me. It’s a thrill that overwhelmed me, I wanted to stop and soak it all in, but the other part of me thought, “yikes – I’m that close to a crocodile”!

Wild Africa Trek Rope Bridge

 Complimentary Photo Service

In addition to the guided tour, rope bridge adventures and meal at the safari camp, the safari guides also take pictures throughout the experience capturing every minute of the fun.

At the end of the tour, they provide you with information on how to download the images online. Our pictures were uploaded that evening with close to 200 pictures – and the cost is included in the experience!

Wild Africa Trek Hippo

Great Eats

My favorite part of this adventure was the visit to the Boma safari camp located in the middle of the African savanna.  Surrounded by spectacular views, we dined on samplings of chicken curry salad, tandoori barbecue shrimp, delicious melon balls and sun-dried tomato hummus.  They call it a snack, but it was a full meal…and delicious!

If you have dietary restrictions, just let your guides know when you arrive for the tour. Especially take note if you have shellfish allergies or vegetarian needs – they can set you up with a delicious meal to fit your needs.

Wild Africa Trek Food at Boma

 Things to Know About the Wild Africa Trek

  • Must wear closed toe shoes (no exceptions!)
  • Long pants or shorts are best
  • Ages 8 years old and up, at least 48 inches tall and between 45 and 300 lbs
  • Lockers are provided to store valuables
  • Personal cameras and smartphones are allowed if you have a strap for them
  • Park admission is not included with this tour
  • Save $50 off the price of an afternoon Wild Africa Trek from April 19 through October 17, 2015
  • Tours are available multiple times a day. Prices range from $189 to $249 per person, plus tax and varies during the seasons

Wild Africa Trek Elephants

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World, I highly recommend going on the Wild Africa Trek. It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience.  I promise you won’t regret it!

Don’t miss seeing Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom

If you see Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom during the opening week of April 17-23, 2015 a donation will be made in your honor to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their habitats.

Keep Up With the Latest Monkey Kingdom News and Fun

For the latest news on Monkey Kingdom, checkout Disneynature on Facebook and on Twitter at @Disneynature. The official Monkey Kingdom site is http://nature.disney.com/monkey-kingdom.

Monkey Kingdom Poster

Have you been on the Wild Africa Trek? 

** Thank you to Walt Disney World for providing me with this unique experience.  Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. **