The three-hour trek begins with a hike through the woods, a stop at a cliff overlooking the hippos, and two rope bridges that give a bird’s eye view of the crocodiles. (Photos: Disney)
Next, ride a safari vehicle through the savanna, where more than where 34 different species of exotic African wildlife roam.
Each trekker in the small group—no more than 12 guests per excursion—has an earpiece so they don’t miss a word from the private guides.
After the elephants it's time for a pit stop. An open-air outpost provides stunning views as a backdrop for a catered snack. Mine included an edible orchid, prosciutto, fig cakes, smoked salmon roulade, and jicama slaw.
The excursions occur rain or shine, except for severe weather or lighting. Trekkers should be in good physical health and comfortable with heights. There are also age, height, and weight requirements.
Each trekker receives a stainless steel souvenir water bottle. And tour guides document each stage of the safari; the professional photographs of the animals and your interactions with them are included in the tour.
Every safari is different, depending on the time of day, the time of year, and most of all on the animals. The lions, which are predominantly nocturnal, were asleep during my early morning excursion.
The Wild Africa Trek is $189 to $249 per person, plus tax, depending on the season. A separate admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is required.
A portion of each ticket price is donated to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, which supports the study of wildlife, the protection of habitats, and the development of conservation programs.
If you haven't gotten your fill of animals, consider staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, which boasts four savannas and an added dose of culture: daily folktales by a fire pit and one of the largest privately owned collections of African art.