Going on a Safari trip is not something I would have expected when we booked our holiday to Disney World. Nestled in the far corner of Africa in Animal Kingdom is the Kilimanjaro Safaris which at over 100 acres in size, is bigger than the whole of Magic Kingdom park I am led to believe.
Before arriving, this is one experience we were advised to use our Fast Pass on, as the wait times can be long during peak times despite the fact there are 42 vehicles going at any one time and 32 people in each vehicle. I was also told from people who have visited before that each experience they had encountered has been different because of where the animals were, how the drivers interacted etc.
As we boarded the vehicle, our group had a whole row so we had a good view at either side. I was on the left and I think on this particular journey I had better viewing of the animals than Hubby did sitting on the far right.
The whole experience probably lasted around twenty minutes. We had a brilliant guide who clearly loved his job and was very knowledgeable about the animals.
There were so many different animals, and some of my pictures didn’t come out as well as I would have hoped. The vehicle didn’t stop for photos, and it was luck of the draw as to where the animals were and what they were doing, so I opted for taking a LOT of photos and sorting through them later.
We saw some amazing animals in very close proximity. It was a great education for Miss A to be able to listen to the guide providing us with information about habitat and how the animals like to behave.
The one moment that stands out above all others during our time on safari was seeing the giraffes. We rounded a corner and there were giraffes clustered around. The vehicle in front of us had stopped as there was a giraffe blocking the track. As it passed, the giraffe decided it was going to stand in front of our vehicle for a while so we got some brilliant views. It chose my side of the vehicle to walk past and it was so close, I was in awe of the huge creature in front of me.
Whilst I had to use my zoom option on the camera a lot during the safari, the giraffe shots had no zoom on them at all. I don’t expect I’ll ever be that close to a giraffe ever again in my life, so these memories are definitely locked away in a special place.