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Review of Wild Africa Trek

Wild Africa Trek
Ranked #45 of 439 things to do in Orlando
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Owner description: Join the ultimate animal adventure! Journey deep into Pangani Forest on a thrilling, privately guided expedition featuring close encounters with exotic wildlife species. Get closer than you ever dreamed possible to Nile crocodiles and massive hippos. Venture on to a VIP safari across an open savanna teeming with native African creatures!Once-In-A-Lifetime ExperiencesDozens of massive Nile crocodiles patrol the jungle riverbed. Mammoth hippos move deftly underwater. You are there to see it all!Adventurers are fitted with an expedition harness that attaches to an overhead track. Once your group reaches the riverbank, get a stunning look at the hippos, just 10 feet below. After a seemingly precarious trek across a rope bridge dangling over a throng of enormous crocodiles, experience another unbelievable view as you hang over the crocs' riverbed lair!VIP SafariEnjoy a brief hike onto a sweeping African savanna for a VIP safari, including a visit to an exclusive safari camp with incredible views of everything from towering giraffe to powerful rhinos.True Life-AdventureWild Africa Trek is a jaw-dropping journey only a few Guests get to experience. The expedition is a true encounter with African creatures in their native habitat. Come with us on this Disney True-Life Adventure!PhotographyA Disney photographer captures your experiences along the way. When you return home from your visit to Walt Disney World Resort, you'll receive a photo CD in the mail, so you can relive your wild adventure again and again. Photo CD is included in the cost of the tour.
Reviewed October 7, 2013

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
Pita break
Salmon roll up
2 Spiced shrimp
fruit salad
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.

7  Thank Bdopey2000
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

My husband and I booked this tour at the last minute as a 15th anniversary gift to ourselves...it was pricey but it was worth every penny, especially when you discover all the perks that come along with the price. More on that later.
We booked the 8am tour to beat the heat. Our guide Mandy met us at the gates to Animal Kingdom and escorted us to Kilimanjaro entrance. There, we were asked to sign waivers, given our harness vests, water bottles, name tags and a locker for our items that could not be brought on the tour. (caution: if it cannot be attached in some way to your vest, it cannot go with you. My husband had his wallet in his cargo shorts with buttoned up pockets and he had to leave it in the locker). After the guides put our harnesses on we were off on our adventure! Megan and Bryce joined us as guides and they were amazing! Extremely knowledgeable about all of the animals and the habitats in which they live. The first part of the tour is on foot, and our first stop was the Hippo river. Jeffery met us there and proceeded to "call" the hippos to an area just underneath us. Once they arrived, he fed them some treats....truly amazing to see how they know that the banging noise on a bucket will get them some food!
Next, we had to cross a suspension bridge over the crocodiles! That was the best part! The guides are extremely careful when hooking up the harness gear, and I felt very comfortable and safe in this part of the tour.
From there, we proceeded into our own private safari truck and traveled into the savannah. Since this tour has limited numbers, it was quite personal. The guides have binoculars for everyone. Lunch was out in the area where the giraffes are and it was very good! Not going to ruin it for you, but it was worth waiting for!
All in all, it is a fantastic experience. The guides are wonderful, funny, caring and well trained. They take pictures of everything during the entire 3 hour tour. Everything from group pictures, to animal shots, to poses of you and your group. They will basically take any picture you want and they are all included in the price! We got over 200 shots!!! Also included is your water bottle, and most impressive to me, a donation to the Disney Wide World conservation fund.
If you have the opportunity, I highly suggest this tour.....NOTE TO LADIES....I recommend wearing longer shorts. The harnesses go around and under your legs and if you have on short shorts, they will bother your skin.
FYI, on our tour, there were all ages...we had an 8yr old little girl and a couple that were in there 70's. As long as you meet the weight restrictions, anyone can and should do this!

2  Thank Catie H
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We booked this trip as an add on to a night in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge where we had wanted to stay for a while. We were on the 09.30 trip with just 2 other couples. The guides Paula and Moira were informative and funny and we never felt at all hurried during the tour. You wear harnesses for the first half of the tour and these were fitted then tested before we left "base camp" and were tested again before each of the experiences where you are clipped onto a safety rail in order to enjoy wildlife up close or walk over the rickety bridges. It's Disney so it isn't going to be dangerous but it is exciting to be doing something out of the ordinary. The safari element of the ride does follow some of the same path as the normal safari but in a different vehicle. Our driver, Mike, made a number of stops at the side of the road whilst the guides explained different aspects of the environment or the animals. We had a very close encounter with a white rhino, who walked right up to the truck. A great photo opportunity. The mid morning stop at the anomalous was good. Excellent views across the savanna and the food and drink was of a surprisingly high quality. Yes the tour isn't cheap and we probably had a better experience being in such a small groups it meant we were not rushed, but if you want to see the park in a new way, and meet some really knowledgeable people who clearly love their jobs, then you won't be disappointed. 5 out of 5 from us!

1  Thank Thesnowdonfamily
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We went on the 8am trek, before it became too hot. The whole trek is alot of fun & interesting. The guides are funny & knowledgeable. The food they serve also was good, even for the picky eaters that were in our group.

3  Thank tmde
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The Wild Africa Trek was unlike anything I'd ever done before and I would love to do it again! The first two hours were the hiking portion. We went into the wooded areas of Animal Kingdom, wearing vests that allowed us to be attached to cables, so we could safely venture closer to the animals and safely cross the suspension bridges. We spent time learning about the hippos and seeing a full-grown male begging for lettuce leaves. We crossed two suspension bridges over the Nile crocodiles and learned more about them as well. We loaded into our own safari jeep to go out on to the savannah. We were able to pull over and spend more time watching the animals than we'd ever get on the traditional safari ride. We stopped at the covered viewing area for a snack of African food, made specifically for those on the Trek by a chef at Tusker House. Our Trek guides were Josh and Amanda. They were both knowledgeable and fun! They took over 180 pictures of us and the animals during the Trek and we were given the information to download them for free afterwards. The photos were included in the price of the Trek. We were very pleased with the individual and group pictures. While the Trek isn't cheap, it is well-worth the price, if you love the animals and want to learn more about them from the people who take care of them. This was a fantastic backstage tour, well worth the time and money.

1  Thank LuvJR
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