ATTRACTION: Wanyama Safari.
WHERE: WDW Animal Kingdom Lodge.
AGE RESTRICTIONS: 8 years of age and older.
PRICE: $170 per person plus tax.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Exclusive to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Guests ONLY. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 4 p.m. For reservations, guests can call 407/938-4755, or visit the concierge desk at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge upon check-in. This a 3 hour experience including dinner.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge guests have the opportunity of an up-close personal encounter – thanks to the Wanyama Safari experience. Just before sunset four nights a week, guests gather outside the lodge with a guide for a traditional game-viewing safari. Up to 8 guests can board a specially designed vehicle for a bird’s-eye view of a typical North African safari. The hotel’s savannahs are home to more than 200 mammals and exotic birds.
Take part in a customary South African “sundowner.” Freshly squeezed guava/pineapple juice, dried beef, figs and nuts are shared with the guests in a ceremonial moment.
Learn about the animals and animal management at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Your driver will stop to allow you to get lots of photo opportunities of the animals and birds. An animal guide is on the van with you to offer information and answer questions.
The second part of the journey leads to the resort’s signature restaurant, Jiko-The Cooking Place, where a South African feast awaits safari-goers. The experience begins with a basket of warm kalamata olive flatbreads and African dips, followed by maize tamales with herb and white truffle oil, lentil pastilles and cinnamon-spiced beef rolls. Entrees such as oak-roasted filet of beef and chermoula-basted and roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, olives and roasted garlic are served family-style. Popular South African wines are paired with each course. Assorted desserts are available.