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Kilimanjaro Safari

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Upon entering the Kilimnajaro Safari, guests immediately begin to learn about the seriousness of poaching as it is discussed on overhead televisions. This also helps set up the adventure that lies ahead. Closed captioning is available for the hearing impaired. It can be turned on by using remote control activators, which can be acquired at Guest Services by paying a refundable deposit.

 

Safari trucks that are capable of holding 32 passengers are located at the loading area. Here, guests are carried off to begin the journey across the 100 acre savannah. The tour guide helps guests find and observe the 34 different species of animals and bird throughout the preserve. In addition, labelled pictures of each of the animals can be found on the dashboards of each row within the vehicle. Binoculars are allowed and are helpful in better observing the wildlife. Some animals guests can expect to see include: white rhinos, black rhinos, antelopes, ostriches, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, warthogs, hippos, elephants, white-bearded wildebeests, baboons, and lions. In general, the animals are more active during the early morning and late afternoon, making these the best times to enjoy the adventure.

 

The first animals to be encountered are the Mandrill Baboons, which make their home in a huge rock formation to the left of the jeep ride. Next, guests can view the elephants, then the ancient baobab trees. A Pink Flamingo island is also near by, and legend has it that their island is actually in the shape of a hidden Mickey!

 

This tour is spectacular in that it allows guests to observe herds of free roaming animals as they move about in a habitat designed to replicate their natural habitat. Some animals will even walk right up to the truck! The lions, however, are in a deep pit area, preventing them from harming other animals are humans – but they appear close by through the trickery of landscaping. In fact, all walls and fences have been spectacularly hidden.

 

The ride itself goes through small creeks and muddy trails and can be very bumpy, but the front tends to be less bumpy than the back. About midway through the adventure, the tour guide announces that a poacher has take a mother elephant and her baby, named Big Red and Little Red. Guests will then partake in a high speed chase in pursuit of the poachers, who are ultimately caught before harming the elephants.

 

The fastpass is available for this attraction. In addition, expectant mothers and those with back or neck problems should avoid the ride. Guests in ECV’s must be able to transfer to a wheelchair in order to board the safari trucks. Assistive Listening Devices are available for hearing impaired guests. Guest Services can provide assistance.

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