We booked this tour for our 5 year anniversary. We booked the 11:45am tour to get the special being offered of $50 off. We arrived early to check in. We answered some questions, put out stuff in our (free) locker and proceeded to get geared up. They do weigh you but not one can see it, so don't worry (because I was!). They get your gear, harness you in, give you a tin water bottle and sunglass holders and have you fill up your water bottle.
Once your group is gathered, no more than 12 people by the way. You are introduced to your 2 guides, they will trade off on talking and talking pictures. As a part of your gear you are given an ear piece to hear the guides, a great item!!! Side note: You are not allowed to bring anything in your pockets or in the vest (gear) if it does not clip to your vest.
We begin walking through the animal area and they explained some things about the birds. Took a group shot. Then we walking to the hippo area. There was a cast member about to feed the hippos, so the timing was great. They attached each of us to this harness that allows you to get close to the edge and no worries of falling in. The cast member then feed the hippos and talked about them. She was very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had.
We then walked a little ways through 'the jungle' to reach the bridges. I was so terrified to do this as I am afraid of heights. You wait your turn to be harnessed into the overhead wire and off you go. The slates are kind of far apart but nothing this short legged 5'5" chick couldn't handle. The first bridge crossed over the hippo area and the roadway that the normal safari tour takes guests on, so don't be surprised you will be in a lot of guests photos! The second bridge goes over the crocodile section. It was awesome. You did not feel rushed and they took your pictures the whole time, so you don't have to worry about taking your own photos, even though I did.
There was a water filling station after the bridges. They also took another group shot before moving on. We got to take off all the gear and get on the customized truck (not like the one on the safari ride). The guides gave us a cooling towel to help us cool off. Nice touch Disney! Then off we went to the safari. This part was a little disappointing. We basically took the same route as the regular safari, just pulling off to the side to get some better pictures at one point.
After stopping to look at the elephants as well, we ventured off to the building to eat lunch. We got there and there were bathrooms (yay) and places to sit. They also provided binoculars to look at the animals. The guides then served us lunch. It was considered a light lunch but it was sooooo yummy. They were served in metal tins and had the following:
Roasted tomato hummus
Salmon roll up
2 Spiced shrimp
curry chicken salad
dry meats (like prucsuito) sp?
Edible orchid (yeah, I tried it, didn't have a taste but makes for funny pictures!)
The curry chicken was our favorite (NOTE: Ask your guide for the recipe, they will give it to you). They also had 'stitch juice' or that is what we call it. They serve it everywhere in Disney for breakfast. SOOOO yummy. After lunch you were invited to explore a little cove off the building and use the restroom. We all piled back into the truck and off we went to the rest of the safari. Again, the same one you don't have to pay for. They dropped us off at the end (after about another 30 minutes of animal viewing). They talked about conservation and the animals. We were given a rock to choose how we want our portion of the tour to go toward which animal. Then we were brought back to get our stuff from our locker, and given a code to access all the pictures they took during the trek. It was 200 pictures, a lot of animals but many of my husband and I too.
I think it was a little pricey for what you get, but we loved it. Don't think we will do it again, but loved it just the same.
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