Tuesday, August 30, 2011

KILIMANJARO SAFARIS

♪♫ "In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight...
Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight...
Hush, my darling, don't fear, my darling, the lion sleeps tonight..." ♪♫

~ The Lion Sleeps Tonight 


Kilimanjaro Safaris is the largest attraction at any Disney theme park.  It simulates an African safari through the 100-acre savanna in the Africa area of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.  Aboard a rugged open-sided safari vehicle driven by a tour guide, guests are in for an exciting expedition through the wildlife preserve.  Since animals have a mind of their own, they say that no two Kilimanjaro Safaris experiences are the same.

When I went to Walt Disney World Resort in March 2010, I had the chance to hop on this safari ride.  Among the animals I was luckily able to catch glimpse of are antelope, baboon, crocodile, giraffe, ostrich, flamingo, hippopotamus, warthog, zebra, white rhino, and of course, that very handsome, newly groomed looking (and I'm assuming newly fed) lion above. 

A savanna is a flat, grass-covered area of tropical or subtropical regions, nearly treeless in some places but generally having a mix of widely spaced trees and bushes.  Another interesting find in Disney's African savanna is the baobab, also known as upside-down tree.


Towards the end of the expedition, our cool tour guide received a message from his radio that poachers had taken a baby elephant from its mother.  This was the part where the ride got bumpy as we chased the poachers and ultimately rescued the animal and saved it from harm - a good storyline to end the ride :)

The Kilimanjaro Safaris is but one of the countless things to enjoy in Walt Disney World Resort.  I will share more of my "child-again Disney adventures" in future Tuesday Travel posts.  Later !

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12 comments:

  1. Oist... thanks for sharing ur adventures... parang andun na rin ako ;)

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  2. thanks for virtually bringing me to that interesting place...

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  3. thank you, guys ! always my pleasure :)

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  4. OK, I've totally got that song stuck in my head now... But that's OK, coz I love it! Lol...

    That sounds amazing - I had no idea Disney did that! I'm going to have to check it out someday... ;-)

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  5. crystal, it is a nice song! hehe! :D

    when you plan to visit, do it in March - before spring break. i booked our trip through expedia, and the prices are a whole lot cheaper around that time ;)

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  6. Hey Karen, me again! I've given you an award - come on over to my blog and pick 'er on up if you're interested!

    Also? Thanks for the travel tip! :-)

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  7. Ang bongga talaga ng mga adventures mo, KM. Parang narating ko na din through your very articulate narration, hehehe!

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    1. Salamat, Lainy! Mana lang sa'yo ;)

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  8. Great idea for K day and looks like a fun tour. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

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  9. my, lots to see at Disney locales. never been, myself.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  10. Disney resorts have never appealed to me but that tour sound wonderful.

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