I will probably never make it to Africa. That’s just a fact I need to face.
Thankfully, Walt Disney World brings Africa to me! As part of my #disneyglobalevent opportunity last month I had the privilege of going on the Wild Africa Trek at the Animal Kingdom. After the paperwork, which wasn’t really all that much, and I was offered water while I waited, our adventure truly began. We were harnessed into our gear which included an “official” safari vest with headgear, name badge and our very own water bottle! We then headed over to a trail course to make sure that we were up for the challenge that was ahead of us. Did I mention we were all armed with our cameras?
We began with a behind-the-scenes look at hippos. We were tethered into a line so we could peer over the edge for a better view.
It was quite fun to be on the other side of the tracks. I think I could have stayed at this first post all day and just wave at the Safari Jeeps that passed by on the other side of the pond.
After hiking some more trails (they wouldn’t let me stay in hippo land forever) our adventure didn’t end. We observed some pretty cool birds making unique nests and “monkey ears” which are seed pods that Indians used to give their babies as rattles. It truly felt like we were in another world and not on Disney property.
Next was the rickety bridge. Again, we were harnessed in with our carabiners secured to wires above. I can see why there are height restrictions as there are boards missing which made for some longer steps. I walked over the road that the jeeps travel down, had a birds eye view of another hippo pond and then braved my way over alligator lake. While receiving humorous education on “Africa’s” (aka Disney) alligators we again were able to “lean” in for a closer look.
Now it was time for our safari adventure. We boarded our jeep and we were off. When you are on the Wild Trek Adventure you are not on the ordinary path. Remember this is a special trip for you. We were able to get closer looks at the animals and observe them a little longer. This adventure also allows you to have a special meal.
When I have been on the normal Animal Kingdom safari ride I always have noticed the large gazebo in the middle of nowhere. One time we saw a large gathering taking place and I was quite curious. Now I found out that this is a place for folks who are on the Wild Africa Trek! You are able to dine in style with a gorgeous view.
Enjoy a walk down the boardwalk and see if you can catch a view of the great lion.
We had an amazing, and quite beautiful, catered lunch. The foods were unique and I was grateful I was at a table with sharing people. Fruit was traded for shrimp and hummus for chicken curry salad. I knew that this exotic food was great for adults, but not sure my kids would like it. I asked if it was the same menu and they said that they do mix it up for kids. Oh and the mango punch was amazing!!
I was definitely impressed with this amazing adventure. I walked away with a new knowledge of African animals, a fantastic meal, some great photos and a new water bottle. After the journey is over you have the opportunity to make a difference. Part of your Trek fee includes a donation through the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. Our group had the choice to choose if we wanted our contribution to go to save the lions, elephants or rhinos. Again, I love seeing Disney giving back!
To make my experience even more spectacular, I received a CD with professional photos in the mail in less than a week after my trip. Of course wearing my Ikat Top from Tea Collection was a great addition to my day. Breathable fabric and lightweight made me feel quite comfortable for a long day of adventure!
My above experience is thanks to #disneyglobalevent and Walt Disney World. All opinions are true and my own.