What Happens When the Animals Take Over at Kilimanjaro Safaris?

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When visiting Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, Guests can expect to be fully immersed inside the world of animals and culture from around the world. However, Guests usually don’t expect their ride experience to be taken over by these animals!

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So what exactly happens when the animals take over your Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction experience? Well, it’s happened more than once and will most likely happen again.

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These animals have such a large habitat in which Cast Members and conservationists dedicate so much time to preserving. But due to the fact that these animals have a lot of land to roam, sometimes they get caught in the safari track at the wrong time — or right time, depending on who you ask.

Related: Attraction Guide to Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney World

A TikTok user, recently experienced this on her Kilimanjaro Safari, when a giraffe got caught in the middle of the safari route. Thankfully an Animal Kingdom Cast Member was there to help guide the giraffe off the track with some leaves.


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♬ Hope – Twista

One of the best things about this attraction is that each experience is unique every time — You never know what to expect!

For example, in August of last year, one Disney Guest witnessed two rhinos fighting and eventually bumped into the safari ride vehicle, which you can read more about here.

And when it comes to personal Kilimanjaro Safaris experiences, on a May 2019 trip my adventure was just beginning when a family of giraffes decided to suddenly cross in front of us. This caused our safari vehicle to halt and we had to wait until the family fully passed. While at a full stop, we got an up-close and personal look at these animals as the lead giraffe took a peek into our safari car, which you can see in the photos below.

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Luckily, our safari experience wasn’t paused for too long as the giraffes quickly made their way across the path to join more giraffes in a patch of palm trees. 

Related: Baby Giraffes Join Herd at Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris

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In my experience, there wasn’t a Cast Member to lead the giraffe off the trail, we simply just had to wait. However, I preferred this because it gave me and other park goers an exclusive safari experience and one I will never forget!

Have you ever experienced anything like this at the Kilimanjaro Safaris? Let us know in the comments!

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