Disney’s Animal Kingdom has an exciting new tour. The Wild Africa Trek allows guests to experience viewing the animals on foot in a more personal way.
The first thing you have to do is sign a waiver saying you agree not to hold Disney responsible if you hurt yourself on this trek. Next, it’s time to get fitted with your vest and gear and head out on the three-hour tour. You are allowed to keep one part of your gear, the water bottle. Also bear in mind that, due to the animal’s safety, you won’t be able to take anything with you that can’t be secured to your body or vest. Cameras would be allowed if you have a strap and lockers are provided for everything else, including loose items in your pockets. One other thing to remember is that there is only one place during the 3 hour trek where you could take a “bathroom break”, so make sure you “go before you go”.
After this you head to the test rope bridge to make sure you’re ok with crossing, because there are more bridges ahead in the tour. These bridges are made to look unsafe with planks you step on, spaced unevenly. So you need to be sure that you have the nerve to deal with the height and construction of these bridges. This test bridge is the smallest and lowest to the ground that you’ll be crossing.
As you would expect the trek is conducted by a couple of guides and you will be issued with an ear piece so that you can hear whatever they say, no matter how far back you are or how quietly they are talking to you.
Once you leave some of the regular guest areas you begin to feel like a cast member as you go behind the scenes and see some areas where you are looking into the viewing areas that you have seen many times but from the other side.
The vest includes a clip for a bungee so that you can attach yourself and be able to take closer looks over cliff edges down onto the animals below.
Once you complete the “on foot” part, you hand in your vest and board a special safari vehicle, it will follow some of the same roads as the Kilimanjaro Safari but you’ll leave the main road and stop so you can get a better, longer look at the animals.
You make a 30 minute stop at a building that overlooks the Savannah, this is where you get to sample some of the authentic African foods and to use the restrooms.