We then trekked over to Africa where we had a FastPass+ for Kilimanjaro Safaris which is one of my personal favorite attractions at Animal Kingdom!
You set off in an open-air safari truck with your tour guide to explore the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, home to 34 species living in 110 acres of picturesque open plains, shady forest landscapes and rocky wetlands.
It is quite a bumpy ride, so hold on! Place children in the middle of the bench seat, and do not have them seated on your lap, or allow them to stand up.
No two safaris are the same, different tour guides will give you different experiences (some are way better than others!) and the time of day and the weather will affect which animals you do see. If you’re able to get a FP+ for different times of the day when visiting the Animal Kingdom you are likely to see some different animals (but it’s never a guarantee).
During the 18 minute tour, the driver does point out as much as they can see, and can slow down, for picture taking. Rarely stopping because of the other vehicles on the trail. Place your camera on high shutter speed or sports mode to capture photos of the animals!
You may have noticed the darkening skies in the photos of Pandora, well by the time we were on safari, the rain began to fall. I don’t think we’ve ever been on Kilimanjaro Safaris in the rain before!
The animals we got to see were rhinoceros, hippopotamus, crocodiles, ankole cattle, giraffe, lions, and a few others that I either didn’t/couldn’t take pictures of, or I have forgotten the names of!
It was still raining when we exited the ride, so instead of continuing into the walking exploration trails to see some of the other animal exhibits, which include the gorillas, we made our way back to Discovery Island and make a move back home.
We did stop to look at the merch, because, well, it is me we’re talking about here! We were on a tighter than usual budget for this trip, so I was being very selective with what I bought (it was mainly pins and magnets). But it doesn’t stop me lusting after other Disney merchandise, or take photos of fun things to share with you!
The photo of the Disney Ears was taken earlier in the day as we entered the park. I think I may have bought them – or maybe lusted after them and hoped they’d be there on a future trip! Which given the way the world is at the time of writing (pandemic!) I don’t know when that will be…