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Animal Kingdom Africa Theme Park

Animal Kingdom-Africa Overview

 

Your entrance into Africa is through the friendly, welcoming village of Harambe.Harambe is Swahili for “come together”.

Your entrance into Africa is through the friendly, welcoming village of Harambe. Harambe is Swahili for “come together”.Interestingly enough, this village is a combination of a number of some of the favorite places in Africa found by Disney's Imagineers whilst on a scouting trip for Animal Kingdom’s Africa.Some of these snippets include a fortress found in Zanzibar and a faux water-stained, crumbling old building and private home that were originally seen in Kenya.The thatched huts found throughout this community were constructed by thirteen Zulu craftspeople from South Africa.The quaint village area was designed to resemble an East African port that caters to tourists prior to their safari excursions (i.e. Kilimanjaro Safari).This bustling port includes a “hotel”, restaurants, an outdoor bar complete with live entertainment and the marketplace.Cast Members/villagers are dressed in colorful, authentic African costumes to add to the atmosphere.

Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition

Disney's Animal Kingdom-Kilimanjaro Safaris

Have you ever wanted to take a trek into the wilderness into one of the tallest mountains of all time? Disney's Animal Kingdom makes that possible with the Kilimanjaro Safari in the Africa area of the Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Hop onto an open sided safari train and watch animals roam freely. The best part about this attraction is that you can do it a million times and every time will be completely different! Find your wild side in this wild adventure!

 

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail® Walking Tour

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail® Walking Tour in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Travel deep into the “Place of Enchantment” during the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. You will venture deep into a tropical rainforest where you will come up close to unique African animals such as gorillas, hippos, okapi, naked mole rats, meerkats and many more. Don’t forget to keep your eye out for the exotic birds that are flying around during this attraction, their vibrant colors are hard to miss but you might be distracted by everything else around you.

Dining

Quick service (Fast food)

  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Tamu Tamu Refreshments
  • Fruit Cart

Shopping

  • Mombasa Traders - Imports from Africa.

Entertainment

  • Karuka Acrobats - High energy acrobatics from Kenya.
  • Tam Tam's of Congo - Colorful pagentry and folk dance from West Africa.
  • Mor Thiam - African percussionist.

Characters

  • Baloo and King Louie from the Jungle Book

Tips

  • Ride Kilimanjaro Safaris either early in the morning or late in the evening. There are dozens of animals to see, but most are inactive during the warm afternoons. Just before a thunderstorm, the animals often stampede, but be cautious with this as the Safari jeeps are open and should the rain begin during your tour, you will get soaked.
  • You might consider watching the afternoon parade here in Africa, because the parade starts in this area and closes off traffic the line for Kilimanjaro Safaris is a lot shorter after the parade is over. If you get in line immediately after the parade sometimes you can walk right on!